Russia blamed sabotage for explosions at one of its military bases in Moscow-annexed Crimea while Kyiv hinted it was responsible as Ukrainian officials said their strategy was to destroy supply lines supporting Russia's invasion.
Earlier on Aug. 17, explosions allegedly took place near a Russian command center in central Melitopol.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
⚡️Ukraine to receive $450 million from Canada to purchase of gas ahead of heating season.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter for the assistance.
A volatile gas market has raised fears of a difficult winter ahead for Ukraine.
⚡️ Energoatom sets up crisis center to respond to potential disaster at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said the center will coordinate between ministries to monitor the situation at the plant and prepare for different emergency scenarios.
⚡️Denmark ready to limit entry of Russian tourists regardless of EU decision.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
In comments to Danish news Ritzau, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod called it a "disgrace" Russian tourists can sunbathe in Europe while Ukrainian cities are being "bombed beyond recognition."
⚡️Military enlistment office in Russia's Smolensk Oblast practices handing out conscription notices.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
The "training run" of general mobilization was held on Aug. 16 to assess the performance of enlistment centers, Russian independent media Meduza reported, citing local news.
⚡️Australia cancels approval for new Russian embassy building.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Authorities in Canberra cited failure to meet construction deadlines as the reason for terminating the lease on a new building, though they said the full-scale invasion of Ukraine "did not help" Russia's case.
⚡️Ukraine destroys three Russian unmanned aircraft.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Ukraine's Air Force Command reported that it also destroyed another Russian Ka-52 "Alligator" all-weather attack helicopter on Aug. 16.
The aircraft were shot down in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk areas, the command said.
#UN Secretary General António Guterres arrived in #Lviv— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 17, 2022
Tomorrow he will hold a meeting in a trilateral format with #Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and #Turkish President Erdogan.
The main topic of the talks will be the development of the situation around the #Zaporozhye NPP. pic.twitter.com/WGZooajIq3
The Armed Forces of #Ukraine have published a video, which allegedly shows the destroyed base of the occupiers in Nova Kakhovka.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 17, 2022
According to preliminary information, the losses of the invaders are estimated at 10-15 people.
The Russian side does not comment on this incident. pic.twitter.com/xLkgLrSKjP
⚡️Poland slams Scholz's opposition to EU tourist visa ban for Russians.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Polish Deputy FM Marcin Przydacz said he sees Berlin's position as an ignorant attempt to divide "good Russians and a bad tsar," arguing that there is "enormous support" for Putin among ordinary Russians.
For the Independence Day of Ukraine in #Kyiv an original flower garden dedicated to the #Bayraktar drone was made.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 17, 2022
It took 24 thousand flowers to make this composition, and the total area of the flower bed was 265 square meters. pic.twitter.com/cTMRG1wQIs
⚡️Reznikov: Ukraine has not lost any US-provided HIMARS.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the Voice of America that contrary to Russia's repeated claims, Kyiv still has all the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. As of Aug. 1, the US has delivered 16 HIMARS to Ukraine.
⚡️Minister: 41% of Ukraine's educational institutions can reopen in September amid war.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
According to Education Minister Serhiy Shkarlet, these institutions have shelters and are located in areas where the security situation allows resuming classes in person.
⚡️Official: Russian occupiers kidnap mayor in Kherson Oblast.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Svitlana Korotun, mayor of the Verkhny Rohachyk community, was kidnapped from her home on Aug. 16 and taken away in an unknown direction, according to Yury Sobolevsky, a deputy speaker of the regional legislature.
The head of #Luhansk regional military administration, Serhiy Hayday, said that the #Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed the SSU building in occupied #Lysychansk, where the invaders had set up a headquarters.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 17, 2022
According to Hayday, up to 100 occupiers were killed. pic.twitter.com/hi7LuUx9SH
Russia concentrates a large number of surface-to-air missile systems in Belarus near Ukrainian border.— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) August 17, 2022
There are also up to 14 S-400 systems (and about 60 rockets for S-300/400 systems), Pantsyr missile systems and other weapons close to our border. pic.twitter.com/nyA7ZD0E9F
Crimean bridge should be destroyed as legitimate military target-Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to President's Office head— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) August 17, 2022
“It’s an illegal construction and the main gateway to supply the Russian army in Crimea.Such objects should be destroyed,”Podoliak said.https://t.co/cTzS4pudfd
⚡️Intelligence: Russia tries to recruit mercenaries from Central Asia.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Russia is conducting a recruitment campaign targeting citizens of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, according to Ukraine's military intelligence.
Yesterday, Russian invaders shelled residential areas in two ���� cities, #Nikopol and #Orikhiv, injuring at least ten people and killing one woman.— Poland in the EU (@PLPermRepEU) August 17, 2022
These attacks on civilians are shameful, reprehensible and constitute serious violations of international humanitarian law. pic.twitter.com/Abnnfw0lKj
⚡️Mayor: Explosions heard in the center of Russian-occupied Melitopol.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
The explosions allegedly took place near a Russian command center but casualties are yet to be determined, said Ivan Fedorov, mayor of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
Had a great conversation with ����@SecDef Lloyd J.Austin III.— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) August 17, 2022
We discussed current security situation, emerging battlefield needs and ways how to strengthen #UAarmy capabilities.
More ���� Security Assistance is coming soon��
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine poses a dire threat to global food security.— Ministry of Foreign Affairs ���� (@PolandMFA) August 17, 2022
Through its barbaric invasion, Moscow has strangled well established sea-trade routes for Ukrainian grain.#PutinHungerGames#HungerMadeInRussia pic.twitter.com/tZYBcoUzdk
⚡️Investigation: Pro-Kremlin lawmakers live lavishly in France, Monte Carlo.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
Vadym Stolar and Ihor Abramovych, lawmakers from Ukraine's pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform-For Life party, live in France's Cote d'Azur, according to online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.
The mayor of #Lviv Andriy Sadovyi urged the city's residents to prepare for a difficult winter.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 17, 2022
People should prepare for a situation "that is difficult to imagine," he said. pic.twitter.com/yDezKA6K0v
UN Secretary General @antonioguterres will visit #Ukraine: on August 18, he will come to #Lviv, where he will meet with @ZelenskyyUa and @RTErdogan. Later he will go to the port of #Odesa. pic.twitter.com/0dX7ui0W00— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 17, 2022
���� is having enormous success freezing ���� oligarch assets (including the €670 million yacht Scheherazade).— Elisabeth Braw (@elisabethbraw) August 17, 2022
That's because its @GDF, a military-like 60,000-strong police force, has 2.5 centuries' experience investigating financial ill-doing.https://t.co/uWEcC1pMaP pic.twitter.com/9iExxvotir
⚡️ General Staff: Ukrainian forces repel Russian offensive near Bilohirka.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
In an update on Aug. 17, Ukraine’s General Staff reported that Russian forces are continuing to concentrate their efforts near Bakhmut and Novopavlivka in Donetsk Oblast.
⚡️ ISW: Attacks on Russian positions in Crimea likely part of larger Ukrainian counteroffensive.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 17, 2022
The ISW said the explosions in and around Crimea on Aug. 16 are “likely part of a coherent Ukrainian counter-offensive to regain control of the west bank of the Dnipro River.”
European borders must be closed for Russians & full energy embargo imposed to influence, Zelenskyy said in the inverview— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) August 17, 2022
"They are taking away someone else’s territory. Well, let them live in their own world until they change their philosophy," he said https://t.co/T6Kb89h8Ub
In Russian-occupied Lysychansk Ukrainian forces destroyed Security Service building, now used by Russians, Oblast head Serhiy Haidai said on the TV marathon.pic.twitter.com/lnftCBhgXb— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) August 17, 2022