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War ‘enters new phase’, British intelligence warns

We have more from the British Ministry of Defence.

On what the Ukrainian troops are targeting, it adds:

Ukrainian forces are increasingly targeting bridges, ammunition depots and rail links in the southern regions of Ukraine.

Including the strategically important railway linking Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea, almost certainly using a combination of blocking, damage, degradation, denial, destruction and disruption to try to influence Russia’s ability to supply logistics.

The Department of Defense then adds that it believes the war is about to enter a “new phase”.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to an approximately 350km frontline stretching southwest from near Zaporizhia to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River.

Key events

Meta, formerly Facebook, has deleted a network of Instagram accounts operated by a troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to the latest global threat report, the Kyiv Independent reports.

The accounts, intended to create a perception of online support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, posted pro-Russian comments about content shared by social media influencers and media outlets.

The physical troll farm operated out of an office building in St. Petersburg, where 10 days earlier job openings had been posted for “spammers, commentators, content analysts, designers and programmers” targeting the social media platforms YouTube, Telegram and TikTok.

The accounts targeted politicians, journalists, actors, celebrities and commercial brands from around the world expressing their support for Ukraine.

45 Facebook accounts and 1,037 Instagram accounts were deleted, and the report found that approximately $1,400 in rubles had been spent to pay for ads on Facebook and Instagram.

Russian shelling in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast last night injured three people and destroyed residential buildings, including a kindergarten and a children’s art center, according to reports from the Kiev Independent.

The attacks left thousands of people without electricity or water, as gas and water pipes and the electricity network were endangered.

Oksana Pokalchuk, the head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine office, has resigned after a report by the human rights organization accusing the Ukrainian military of violating international humanitarian law.

The report, which was criticized by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as well as Western diplomats, including the British and US ambassadors to Ukraine, accused the Ukrainian military of endangering civilians by positioning itself in residential areas such as empty schools or buildings, meaning that Russia will target urban areas at risk to civilian lives in the crossfire.

Pokalchuk announced her resignation via Facebook and said she was meeting with Amnesty International to discuss what they would publish, but said her input had been “removed” and replaced with what the organization published in its report on Thursday.

“If you don’t live in a country that has been invaded by invaders and is tearing it to pieces, you probably don’t understand what it’s like to condemn an ​​army of defenders. And there are no words in any language that can convey this to someone who has not felt this pain,” said Pokalchuk

The report has since been used by Kremlin-led Russian media as a way to prove their false claims that Russian forces are only going after military targets in Ukraine.

Despite ongoing criticism, Amnesty International said that while it condemned the Russian invasion, the report’s findings were based on evidence gathered during extensive investigations and that it would report Ukrainian violations if it found them.

Here are some of the latest shots from on-the-spot photographers in Ukraine:

Members of the Dnipro-1 regiment carry logs to fortify their position near Sloviansk, Donetsk region
Members of the Dnipro-1 regiment carry logs to fortify their position near Sloviansk, Donetsk region. Photo: David Goldman/AP
Yulya, 33, and Roman, 36, bid each other farewell as Yulya departs on a train and Roman's rotation to the front line begins.
Yulya, 33, and Roman, 36, bid each other farewell as Yulya departs on a train and Roman’s rotation to the front line begins. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
The funeral ceremony for Ukrainian soldiers Andrii Zhovanyk and Yurii Kovalenko in Kiev.
The funeral ceremony for Ukrainian soldiers Andrii Zhovanyk and Yurii Kovalenko in Kiev.
Photo: Reuters

War ‘enters new phase’, British intelligence warns

We have more from the British Ministry of Defence.

On what the Ukrainian troops are targeting, it adds:

Ukrainian forces are increasingly targeting bridges, ammunition depots and rail links in the southern regions of Ukraine.

Including the strategically important railway linking Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea, almost certainly using a combination of blocking, damage, degradation, denial, destruction and disruption to try to influence Russia’s ability to supply logistics.

The Department of Defense then adds that it believes the war is about to enter a “new phase”.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to an approximately 350km frontline stretching southwest from near Zaporizhia to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River.

Russian troops gather in the south, British Defense Ministry says

As we just mentioned, the British Ministry of Defense has revealed that there is a significant build-up of Russian troops in southern Ukraine.

However, the Defense Ministry said it was unclear whether these additional troops were intended for another attack on Ukrainian territory or in anticipation of a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

It reported:

Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to move out of Ukraine’s Donbas region and head southwest.

It was also reported that equipment was being moved from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdiansk, Mariupol and from mainland Russia via the Kerch Bridge to Crimea.

Battalion Tactical Groups (BTG), which comprise between 800 and 1,000 troops, have been deployed in Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian forces in the Kherson region.

On August 2, 2022, a new BTG was deployed to Crimea and BTGs are also being re-deployed from the Eastern Grouping of Forces. These will most likely be sent to the Kherson region in the coming days.

Overview

Good morning, it is approaching 8:30 am in London and 9:30 am in Kiev. Here is a summary of the latest developments in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • Russia gathers troops in southern Ukraine, but the purpose of the build-up is not yet clearBritish intelligence has warned. Defense Ministry says Russian troops can prepare for another attack or just anticipate a counter-offensive from Ukraine
  • Ukraine has accused Russian troops of attacks near a nuclear reactor at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya power plant in the southeast of the country. Energoatom, the state-run operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said in a statement: “Three strikes were registered at the plant’s site, near one of the power blocks where the nuclear reactor is located.” The Russian defense ministry accused Ukrainian troops of shelling the factory and said a radiation leak was avoided only by luck.
  • Early next week, a European Union plan to cut gas consumption and help Germany wind down its dependence on Russia goes into effectthe bloc’s presidency said on Friday:. Last week, EU member states agreed to cut their gas consumption by 15% in winter, with exceptions for some countries and despite opposition from Hungary.
  • A leading Russian hypersonic expert has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state-controlled Tass news agency reported Friday. Andrei Shiplyuk heads the hypersonic lab at the Novosibirsk Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, according to the institute’s website, and has coordinated research in recent years to support the development of hypersonic missile systems, Reuters reports.
  • Vladimir Putin has met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks expected to focus on the Russian war in Ukraine and rumored to include Kremlin efforts to evade Western sanctions. The Russian president welcomed Erdoğan to Sochi, a seaside resort on the Black Sea, by thanking the Turkish president for helping him negotiate an international deal that would resume grain exports from Ukraine disrupted by the Kremlin’s war machine — as well as Russian foodstuffs. and fertilizers – to world markets. They agreed to boost cooperation in the transportation, agriculture, financial and construction sectors, they said in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting.

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