On the 197th day of the full scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine Russian troops continue to try to capture the neighboring country’s settlements. The forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict from independent sources. About 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes, according to the UN. DW keeps following developments Thursday September 8 (Moscow time).
Ukrainian Telegram channels publish new photos and videos, in which in the streets of Balakliya military personnel and equipment of the armed forces of Ukraine, as well as the state flags of Ukraine are visible. One of the flags in particular was raised at the monument to Taras Shevchenko in the city center. The Perepichka NEWS channel published a photo of four Ukrainian soldiers in front of the Balakleya city market.
Details have been revealed rocket attack on Krivoy Rog by Russian troops. The Russians attacked the Krivoy Rog region with a Kh-59 air-to-surface cruise missile, but it was shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system. reported in the Telegram channel head of the regional military administration of Dnepropetrovsk, Valentin Reznichenko.
UNIAN agency publishes statues with military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and equipment at the Balakleya City Council building. It is not stated exactly when this recording was made. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not report on the results of the fighting in the city area in the evening report.
APU hit more than 400 Russian targets with help from the United States HIMARS long-range missile artillery systems, US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mark Milley said at a meeting in Ramstein. “We are seeing real, measurable results in Ukraine thanks to the use of these systems. For example, the Ukrainians hit about 400 targets with HIMARS and they had a huge devastating effect,” he said.
Balakliya residents reported that the APU entered the city
The Ukrainian army has invaded the city of Balakleya, which has been fiercely fought over in recent days.say the locals. One of them told the publication “Strana” that the armed forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “entered the city. – Ed.) from the western side.” “There was machine-gun fire in the city, but not for long. It’s quiet now. There were no urban battles. Apparently the Russians left alone,” said the interlocutor. Neither Russia nor Ukraine have officially reported the results of the fighting in the city area.
Russian billionaire German Khan, who lived in the UK for ten years, returned to Russia due to personal sanctionsaccording to the agency Bloomberg with reference to sources close to the businessman.
Khan is a co-owner and board member of the investment group LetterOne Holdings, along with Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven. In March, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EU and the UK imposed personal sanctions on three businessmen. Russian Forbes estimates Khan’s fortune at $7.8 billion, he ranks 14th in the ranking of Russian billionaires.
It’s hard to say how many wealthy Russians living abroad have returned home, but the prospect of living under sanctions has made a once unattractive offer the best option available.
According to the agency, Khan now lives in Moscow. Before returning, he transferred his stake in LetterOne Holdings to an unsanctioned shareholder to avoid asset freezing. An avalanche of restrictions from the UK, US and European Union designed to punish Russia’s business elite and undermine support for the war has instead made them more dependent on President Putin.
Sony Music Group finally leaves Russiawrites billboard magazine, noting that it is the first major record company to do so. After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sony Music Group announced the suspension of work in the Russian Federation. “As the war has a devastating humanitarian impact on Ukraine and sanctions against Russia continue to escalate, we can no longer remain present in Russia. The decision is effective immediately,” the statement said.
Now the Russian division, together with its employees, will be transferred to the local leadership and become a completely independent structure of the Sony Music Group. It is only about Russian artists and has no rights to the Sony Music Group catalog. The company has already demanded that Russian streaming services remove songs it owns the rights to.
The armed forces of Ukraine have liberated the village of Ozerne in the Limansky district of the Donetsk region, said Brigadier General Aleksey Gromov, deputy chief of the main operational directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “While conducting offensive operations in the Slav direction, units of the 103rd Separate Territorial Forces Brigade, along with units of the 15th Regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine, advanced up to three kilometers and liberated the village of Ozernoye,” Suspilne quoted Gromov as follows. According to the general, units of the armed forces of Ukraine improved their tactical position towards Kramatorsk and advanced two kilometers
In the Dnepropetrovsk region, Russian troops subjugated rocket attack on the city of Krivoy Rog. Reports of explosions first appeared in the local public and were subsequently confirmed by the head of the city’s military-civil administration, Alexander Vilkul. “Kryvyi Rih is a missile strike. Stay in cover,” says Vilkula’s Telegram channel. Information about possible destruction or casualties from the missile attack has not yet been received.
US military aid to Ukraine reaches $13.5 billion
With the measures announced today by the Pentagon and the State Department total amount of US military aid to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion has reached $13.5 billioncalculated the newspaper The New York Times.
AFU recaptured more than 20 settlements in Kharkiv . region, said Alexei Gromov, deputy chief of the General Staff’s main operational directorate. “Currently, military units have penetrated the enemy defenses to a depth of 50 km. Filtration operations continue in a number of settlements. More than 20 settlements have been liberated during active operations towards Kharkov,” UNIAN quoted Gromov as saying. .
The Pentagon has secretly sent its most accurate GPS-guided Excalibur artillery shells to Ukraineaccording to the agency Bloomberg with reference to budget documents. Officially, the US military does not comment on any information about these deliveries. Excaliburs satellite-guided projectiles can hit a target with an accuracy of up to two meters at a distance of up to 40 km. They were first used in Iraq in 2007, when al-Qaeda leader Abu Jura and several members of his entourage were killed, the agency said.
The United States Department of Defense has spent $92 million in additional funds approved by Congress “to purchase reserve M982 Excalibur ammunition donated to Ukraine to support international efforts to counter Russian aggression,” the Pentagon said in a statement. declaration. Experts interviewed by Bloomberg suggested that based on the “surgical accuracy of the grenades,” they could be used to destroy Russian command and control centers in Ukraine’s eastern regions.
The United States approved additional $2 billion in loans and guarantees to Ukraine and 18 other European countriesthat “could potentially threaten Russia in the future,” AFP reports, citing Official statement. This is additional aid to the previously announced $675 million package for Ukraine.
Estonia will ban Russians with Schengen visas from entering the country from September 19regardless of the issuing country, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said. “Estonia has a political will, which we implement in the legal field. On the night of September 18-19, a ban on entry to Estonia through the Schengen external border for citizens of the Russian Federation will come into effect, regardless of which country has issued the Schengen visa. issued,” Reinsalu . quotes TV channel ERR. Latvia, Lithuania and Poland join the ban, reported Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas. The ban does not apply to those who are going to visit relatives and also want to enter for humanitarian reasons.