Here are the key events from Wednesday, August 17.
Russia blaming saboteurs for explosions at an ammunition depot in Crimea is a rare admission that armed groups loyal to Ukraine are damaging military logistics and supply lines in the region they control.
Plumes of black smoke were seen at a Russian military air base near the settlement of Hvardiyske in central Russian-controlled Crimea, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported.
- Ukraine’s state nuclear power company Energoatom said Russian-based hackers carried out a significant three-hour attack on its website but did not cause significant problems.
Western diplomats have struggled to maintain international resolve to isolate Russia diplomatically, wary of frustration in some countries that the war has drawn too much global attention nearly six months into the war.
UN Secretary-General Guterres will meet Ukrainian President Zelensky in Lviv, western Ukraine, and discuss the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, as well as a political solution to the conflict, the spokesman said.
Finland will cut the number of visas issued to Russians by 10 percent from Sept. 1, and the European Union, along with the Baltic states, has proposed ending an agreement with Russia that would make it easier for Russians to travel to the bloc, the foreign minister said.
- Estonia has removed a Soviet-era World War II monument from the Russian-majority city of Narva, accusing Russia of using such monuments to stoke tensions.
Russia’s economy will shrink less than expected and inflation will not rise as forecast three months ago, according to Finance Ministry forecasts seen by Reuters, suggesting it is coping with sanctions better than initially feared.
UN chief Guterres plans to meet Turkish President Erdogan on Thursday, a spokesman said, and on Friday will visit Odessa on the Black Sea, where grain exports have resumed.
- Ukraine could export 3 million tons of grain from its ports in September and 4 million tons a month in the future, a government official said.