Latest news about the war in Russia and Ukraine

The Kremlin expects ‘nothing positive’ for Russia-UK relations under the new prime minister

Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media the Kremlin has no confidence in its relations with the UK after the election of a new prime minister.

“I don’t think we can hope for anything positive,” Peskov said of the impact on UK-Russia relations.

“I don’t want to say things could turn out badly, because it’s hard to imagine anything worse,” he said, speaking before the next prime minister emerged.

Following the comments, Liz Truss has been appointed as the next UK Prime Minister After a long and drawn-out leadership contest.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss leaves at the end of a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London on July 5, 2022.

Justin Tallis | Afp | Good pictures

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a staunch supporter of Ukraine, pledging 3.8 billion pounds ($4.6 billion) in aid and arms to the country in late August. He also oversaw several sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

The UK is Kiev’s second-biggest backer in terms of financial and arms aid after the US, and Johnson insisted in August that whoever succeeds him “must stay with Ukraine”.

Asked whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would congratulate the next British leader, Peskov said: “We’ll wait and see who becomes prime minister.”

– Natasha Durak

Moscow warns of ‘retaliatory measures’ in response to G-7 plan to cap oil prices

The Kremlin vowed to take “retaliatory measures” in response to a plan by the G-7 nations to cut the price of oil they import from Russia.

The Group of Seven Finance Ministers announced the plan on Friday as part of its efforts to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and reduce the impact of rising oil prices on its citizens. In response, Moscow pledged to freeze exports of essential goods to countries imposing the ceiling.

Already, Russia has completely stopped supplying gas to Germany via its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which supplies much of Europe, raising European gas prices. Energy prices across Europe have hit their highest level on record and are expected to rise significantly this winter, prompting warnings of a recession on the continent.

The G-7 comprises the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

– Natasha Durak

Australian artist removes mural of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers hugging after protests

Illustrated by Australian artist Peter Seaton He is a mural was created A wall in Melbourne after receiving protests from the community and the Ukrainian ambassador to Australia.

Mural, “Peace Before the Fragments” It featured a Ukrainian soldier and a Russian soldier hugging. Seiden said the idea was to promote peace, but critics have created a false sense of moral equivalence between Ukraine and Russia, the latter of which invaded its neighbor in late February, killing thousands and displacing more than 10 million people. Ukrainians must flee. Russian forces now occupy more than 20% of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, described the mural as “absolutely offensive to Ukrainians”.

In an interview with Australian media, Seiden said he worked on the mural until 3:00 a.m. local time.

“The mural cost me $2,000 to $3,000 … I wouldn’t have done it if I thought it was going to affect people, I would have spent 10 days doing it,” he said.

Despite the backlash, Seiden said there was a “net benefit” and that “a lot of people got the message.”

“There’s obviously a group of people who think it’s going to be offensive and maybe traumatic, and I don’t want to make my work,” he added.

– Natasha Durak

Kremlin blames sanctions and Europe for gas shutdown

Russia’s Gazprom saw its shares rise on Wednesday, reporting higher first-half profits and a new dividend for shareholders.

Stoyan Vassev Press service of Gazprom Neft | via Reuters

The Kremlin rejects accusations of halting gas supplies to Europe via its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, pointing instead to Western sanctions that it says have made it impossible to get the parts needed to operate the pipeline infrastructure.

Western sanctions are “disrupting” necessary maintenance work on the pipeline, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters, disagreeing with European leaders’ accusations of weaponizing its gas supply.

Gazprom, the Russian state gas supplier that supplies gas for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline connecting Russia and Germany, completely halted its supply to Europe after discovering what it said was an oil spill.

– Natasha Durak

The euro fell below 99 cents as Russia cut a key gas supply route to Europe

On Friday, Russian energy supplier Gazprom said it would not resume its natural gas supplies to Germany through the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Hannibal Hanske | Reuters

The euro fell below 99 cents for the first time in 20 years after Russia said. shut down its main gas supply pipeline to Europe indefinitely.

As European markets opened Monday, the euro slipped below the 0.99 level, trading at 0.9893 against the dollar after 8:00 a.m. London time (3:00 a.m. ET). Earlier in the morning, it fell to around $0.9881.

On Friday, Russian energy supplier Gazprom said It will not resume natural gas supplies to Germany through the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline, blaming a malfunctioning turbine.

The announcement came hours after the Group of Seven economic powers Agreed on a plan A price cap should be imposed on Russian oil.

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– Jenny Reid

Britain says Russian forces may have missed several deadlines to capture all of Donbass

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its latest intelligence update on Twitter that Russian forces may have missed several deadlines to capture Ukraine’s Donbass.

Taking this entire eastern sector is the Kremlin’s primary goal and the area where its forces have seen the most success, even if they are making slow gains, the ministry wrote.

The tweet said the Russian military’s “primary axes of advance in the Donbass are in Avdiivka, near Donetsk, and around Bagmut, 60 km to the north.” “Although Russia has achieved great success in this sector, its forces are still advancing towards Bagmuth at a rate of 1 km per week.”

“The political goal of the Donbas operation is to secure almost the entire Donetsk Oblast, which will enable the Kremlin to declare the ‘liberation’ of Donbas. Russian forces may have repeatedly missed the deadline for achieving this goal,” it added. .

Ukrainian officials say Russian troops have until September 15 to achieve this, which the ministry sees as “highly unlikely”.

The ministry said it would “further complicate Russia’s plans to hold referendums in the occupied territories joining the Russian Federation”.

– Natasha Durak

European gas prices rise as Russia cuts gas flows

European gas prices rose about 30% on Monday after Russia said it would indefinitely halt the flow of gas to the continent through its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, renewing fears of widespread gas shortages and rationing.

Front-month gas prices at the Dutch TTF Center, the European benchmark for natural gas trading, were last seen at 281 euros per MWh.

Zelensky says the counteroffensive is progressing

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on Independence Square on August 24, 2022, the country’s Independence Day. “I hope that the Ukrainian flag and free life will return to Crimea. We will liberate all our land, our people,” Zelenskyy said in his late night video address on Sunday.

Press Service of the President of Ukraine | Reuters

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said progress was being made a week after the country’s push to liberate Russian-occupied territories in the country’s south began.

“I hope that the Ukrainian flag and free life will return to Crimea. We will liberate all our land, our people,” Zelenskyy said in his late night video address on Sunday.

“The Armed Forces of Ukraine, our intelligence and special forces are taking the necessary steps. You can hear these steps. And everyone can see: the aggressors have already started fleeing Crimea,” he added.

Zelenskyy’s comments come nearly a week after Kyiv launched a counteroffensive in addition to launching several offensives in Crimea, Kherson and its surrounding settlements, one of the first cities to fall to Russian forces at the start of the invasion. Merged with Russia in 2014.

He praised several Ukrainian forces for liberating a town in the Donetsk region of Donbass, eastern Ukraine, and said two settlements in the country’s south had also been liberated.

– Holly Elliott

Germany has announced a 65 billion euro package to cover rising energy costs

German Chancellor OIaf Scholz stands next to a gas turbine being transported to the compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Russia during a visit to Siemens Energy’s site in Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany, on August 3, 2022.

Wolfgang Rattay Reuters

Germany’s government announced a 65 billion euro ($64.5 billion) package of measures on Sunday to help those most vulnerable to energy costs as European sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fuel shortages in energy supplies.

European gas prices rose about 30% on Monday after Russia said it would halt gas supplies to Germany through its Nord Stream 1 pipeline. It serves most of Europe Indefinitely. In previous years the EU relied on Russia for 41% of its gas imports and 36% of its oil.

Measures in the €65 billion package include one-off government payments for pensioners, students and those on benefits, as well as a cap on electricity bills. It provides €1.7 billion in tax incentives to around 9,000 energy-intensive businesses. A windfall tax on energy companies’ profits could help offset people’s bills, Scholz said.

– Natasha Durak

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