Updates Russia-Ukraine: Red Cross says no permission to visit Olenivka prison yet | TBEN | 31.07.2022


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had not yet been allowed to visit the Olenivka prison, where Ukrainian prisoners of war died in an attack on the facility.

In a statement, the ICRC said: “Until now we have received no official confirmation granting us access to visit the site or the POWs affected by the attack, and to date our offer of material assistance has not been accepted. . “

In a statement late on Saturday, Russia’s defense ministry said representatives from the UN and ICRC had been invited to explore the area.

Kiev has blamed Moscow for the attack, which in turn has suggested that Ukraine is behind the attack on the prison in a Russian-occupied part of eastern Ukraine.

The Russian army said 50 people died and 73 were injured in the strike. Russian troops in the Donetsk region said 53 people had died.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the bombing that left “more than 50 dead” was a “deliberate Russian war crime”.

Here are the other headlines from the July 31 war in Ukraine.

Hypersonic missiles for the Russian navy ‘in the coming months’ – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the navy would receive hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles within months.

“The delivery of these (missiles) to the Russian armed forces will begin in the coming months,” Putin said in St. Petersburg, where he attends celebrations to mark Russia’s Naval Day.

“Admiral Gorshkov’s frigate will be the first to enter combat service with these formidable weapons on board,” the Russian president added.

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Hypersonic weapons travel through the upper atmosphere at a speed five times faster than the speed of sound, or 6,200 kilometers (3,853 miles) per hour.

Russia claims its zircon missile travels at nine times the speed of sound and has conducted previous test launches from warships and submarines in the past year.

Putin also said he had signed a new naval doctrine, details of which had not yet been published.

Ukrainian grain magnate killed in Mykolaiv . shelling

Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, the founder and owner of Nibulon, a large Ukrainian agricultural enterprise, was killed along with his wife in a Russian attack on the Mykolaiv region, local governor VItaliy Kim announced.

On Telegram, Kim said the couple had been killed at their home in the city of Mykolaiv during nighttime shelling.

TBEN ranked him as the 24th richest man in Ukraine with a fortune worth $430 million.

Nibulon specializes in the production and export of wheat, barley and maize. The company has its own fleet and shipyard.

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych wrote on Telegram: “Mykolaiv was subjected to massive shelling today. Probably the strongest yet.”

Russian attacks also hit the northeastern Ukrainian regions of Kharkiv and Sumy.

Ukraine denies drone attack on Russian fleet headquarters in Black Sea

Odessa military coastal region spokesman Sergiy Bratchuk says Ukraine was not behind an attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet in annexed Crimea.

Bratchuk rejected claims that Ukraine was behind the attack, saying it was “pure provocation”.

“Our liberation of Crimea from the occupiers will be carried out in a different way and much more effectively,” Bratchuk wrote on Telegram.

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The explosion took place in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

The city’s mayor said six people were injured in the blast.

Ukraine harvest could be halved this year, warns Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian president has warned of a significant cut in his country’s crop, to “two times less” as the country has been battling the Russian invasion for more than five months.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Twitter on Sunday that his country’s main goal was to prevent a global food crisis. “Grains are still finding a way to be delivered alternatively,” he said.

Before the war, Ukraine was an important worldwide source of wheat. According to figures from the United States Department of Agriculture, it produced 33 million tons in 2021, making it the seventh largest producer in the world.

Earlier in July, the UN and Turkey reached an agreement between Russia and Ukraine to allow grain exports from Ukrainian ports despite the war.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told local broadcaster Channel 7 on Sunday that there was a good chance that the first grain-exporting ship would leave Ukrainian ports on Monday. Kalin told the media that the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul is likely to complete the final work on the export routes very soon.

Russian official says Ukraine attacked fleet in Crimea port

A senior Russian official has accused Ukraine of attacking the Russian naval fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Sunday as the Moscow-annexed region prepared to celebrate Naval Day, an annual Russian holiday on which its fleets stage naval parades and show its sailors honor .

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The drone attack injured five employees of the fleet headquarters and resulted in the cancellation of festivities, said Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of Sevastopol, home of Russia’s Black Sea fleet. He accused Ukraine of “ruining the day for us”.

“All celebrations have been canceled for security reasons,” Razvozhayev said in a Telegram message. “Please keep calm and stay home if possible.”

The alleged attack comes as Saint Petersburg prepares for a Navy Day naval parade, which will be attended by President Vladimir Putin. The Russian president must also approve the Russian naval doctrine.

Crimea has been under Russian control since the annexation of Ukraine in March 2014.

More about the war in Ukraine

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Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had stopped supplying gas to EU member state Latvia and accused it of violating gas extraction conditions. TBEN looks at the causes and consequences.

In a recent interview, the EU’s foreign policy chief told TBEN that Russia will crumble sooner or later. Many international researchers also say the sanctions will eventually work. Others are less convinced. Read the details here.

ar, rmt/fb (dpa, Reuters)