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Sunday, August 14

10:54 am

Governor: Up to 40% of evacuees arriving in Zaporizhzhia are from Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast.

Zaporizhzhia Oblast Governor Oleksandr Starukh said that there are volunteers who drive vehicles carrying humanitarian aid into occupied territories of Kherson Oblast and evacuate the remaining residents to the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia, Ukrinform reported. According to the media outlet, a total of 1,642 evacuees from various parts of Ukraine arrived in Zaporizhzhia over the past day, of which 741 were from Kherson Oblast where a majority of the territories are occupied.

9:54 am

UK Intelligence: Russia's priority likely to reinforce in south of Ukraine amid counteroffensive threats.

The U.K. Defense Ministry said on Aug. 14 in its intelligence update that while Russia has likely focused on moving its troops to the south over the past week, Kremlin proxies have continued to attempt renewed offensive toward the north of occupied Donetsk city in the east of the country. The ministry noted particularly heavy fighting on the village of Pisky. Russian Interfax reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, that Moscow's forces have taken full control of the embattled village. Ukraine's military has not said anything yet.

9:29 am

General Staff: Russia has lost 43,550 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24.

Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Aug. 14 that Russia had also lost 1,864 tanks, 4,126 armored fighting vehicles, 3,039 vehicles and fuel tanks, 980 artillery systems, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 136 air defense systems, 194 helicopters, 233 airplanes, 784 drones, and 15 boats.

8:42 am

NYT: Ukrainian forces shift strategy, slow Russian advance.

According to the New York Times, Ukraine has managed to exhaust Russian forces’ combat potential, slowed their advance in the east, and created new vulnerabilities in the south. NYT notes that an increasingly large arsenal of long-range Western weapons, as well as the help of Ukrainian partisans, has allowed Ukrainian forces to strike deep into Russian-controlled territory and disrupt critical supply lines.

8:21 am

Update: Russian shelling of Nikopol leaves residents without electricity.

According to Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko, Russian shelling overnight on Aug. 14 damaged 17 residential buildings, a school, and several shops. Gas and power lines were also hit, leaving several thousand of the city’s residents without electricity. No casualties were reported.

3:05 am

Macron signs protocol for Sweden, Finland to join NATO.

“This sovereign choice of Finland and Sweden, two European partners, will reinforce their security in the face of a real menace in their immediate neighborhood and bring a significant contribution, with respect to the capacities of these two partners, to the collective posture and our European security,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.

Saturday, August 13

12:42 am

Russian authorities reportedly arrest warlord who seized Slovyansk in 2014.

Igor Girkin, also known by the alias Igor Strelkov, tried to get to the frontline and fight against Ukraine, according to Oleksandr Zhuchkovsky, a Girkin ally. Girkin, who reportedly used a forged passport issued in 2015 in the name of Sergei Runov, was arrested in Crimea. Girkin, a former officer of Russia's Federal Security Service, effectively launched Russia's war in the Donbas by seizing Slovyansk in April 2014. Since then, he has become critical of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, lashing out at him for mishandling the war effort and refusing to carry out military mobilization. 

12:35 am

Governor: Russian forces attack Sumy Oblast 15 times.

Sumy Oblast Governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi reported that, on Aug. 13, Russian forces shelled the communities of Shalyhyne, Khotin, Esman, Bilopillia, Znob-Novhorodske, Novoslobidske, Buryn, and Velyka Pysarivka. While there were no casualties, livestock was injured and buildings were damaged.

11:58 pm

Media: Drunk Ukrainian diplomats get into car accident in Vienna.

According to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, the car of a Ukrainian military attaché with diplomats inside has crashed into a car with four German tourists. One of the Ukrainian diplomats refused to take a breathalyzer test, and the test of another diplomat showed a high level of alcohol in the body. Oleh Nikolenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, said that diplomatic status does not give anyone the right to “violate traffic rules and endanger other people.” The decision on further steps regarding the diplomats will be based on the results of the investigation, he said.

11:43 pm

Zelensky calls for sanctions against Russia's nuclear industry.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address to the nation that each day of the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar dramatically increases the radiation threat for Europe. Russia has effectively used the nuclear plant as a shield and a tool of blackmail, constantly shelling Ukrainian positions from the plant's territory.

11:07 pm

Commander: Ukraine has defeated one fifth of Russian military units involved in war.

Valery Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, told U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said he was grateful to the “entire American people for effective support in the defense of our heroic nation and common values of freedom and democracy.” He also asked the U.S. to supply more artillery to Ukraine.

11:00 pm

Fitch, S&P cut Ukraine's rating to selective default.

The rating agencies downgraded Ukraine's foreign currency ratings following the country's request for a two-year freeze on payments on international bonds totaling $20 billion, a move made by the government to protect the economy from a debt default. “Given the terms and conditions of the restructuring, and in line with our criteria, we view the transaction as distressed and tantamount to default,” S&P said.

8:09 pm

Banker: US says India hid Russian origin of fuel shipped to US.

Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Michael Patra said that, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, an Indian vessel has taken oil from a Russian tanker on the high seas and brought it to a port in Gujarat. There, the crude oil was processed and shipped to the U.S. in violation of Western sanctions, the Treasury Department said. 

7:06 pm

General Staff: Russia continues offensive near Donetsk, heavy fighting reported.

Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Aug. 13 that the Russian troops are aiming to break the Ukrainian defense lines near Avdiivka, Pisky, Mariinka, Oleksandropil, and Krasnohorivka, in Donetsk Oblast. The Russian forces are trying to advance near Yakovlivka, Bakhmut, Vershyna, and Zaitsevo. Russian forces are shelling multiple settlements in the region.

6:56 pm

Slovakia delivers 4 Zuzana howitzers to Ukraine.

Slovak Defense Minister Jaro Nad said that the first howitzers are ready to be deployed at the front line. In early June, the Slovak Defense Ministry said Slovakia will deliver eight self-propelled Zuzana 2 howitzers as part of a contract that a state-controlled producer had signed.

6:32 pm

Governor: Russian army command leaves Kherson.

According to Mykolaiv Oblast Governor Vitaliy Kim, the Russian army command has been moving to the left bank of the Dnipro River. Earlier, Ukraine reported that it hit a bridge over the Nova Kakhovka dam in Kherson Oblast, thereby preventing Russian forces from easily crossing the river splitting the occupied Kherson Oblast in half.

6:12 pm

Podolyak: Russian troops shell nuclear plant to cut off Ukraine from energy.

Mykhailo Podolyak, the advisor to the President's Office, said that Russian troops are shelling the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to cut Ukraine's south from electricity and blame it on the Ukrainian Armed Forces. An unnamed engineer from the plant told BBC that Russian forces are deliberately destroying the powerlines.

Mykolaiv mayor's wartime duty: Taking care of the living, counting the dead

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Mykolaiv mayor's wartime duty: Taking care of the living, counting the dead

1:38 pm

Woman accused of leaking information to Russia detained in Kyiv.

Kyiv Oblast Prosecutor’s Office reported on Aug. 13 that the woman has been taking photos and videos of military bases in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast and leaking them to a Russian Security Service officer. Russia used the data to launch missile attacks, the prosecutors said.

12:29 pm

Military: Ukraine shoots down Russian Su-25 jet.

Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military also destroyed four Russian Orlan-10 drones in the east of Ukraine, the Joint Forces Operation reported on Aug. 13. According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Russia had lost 233 airplanes and 779 drones since Feb. 24.

11:56 am

Reuters: Two more cargo ships leave Chornomorsk port.

The Barbados-flagged Fulmar S loaded with 12,000 tonnes of corn is heading to Turkey's southern Iskenderun province, Reuters reported on Aug. 13, citing the Turkish Defense Ministry. The Marshall Island-flagged Thoe carrying 3,000 tonnes of sunflower seeds is heading to Turkey's city of Tekirdag. A total of 16 ships have recently departed from Ukraine under the UN-backed agreement with Ukraine and Russia to resume exports of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea, Reuters reported.

11:02 am

Maxar publishes satellite images of Belarus airfield following reported explosions.

The monitoring project Belarusian Gayun reported several explosions at the Ziabrauka airfield, located in Belarusian Gomel Oblast that is bordering Ukraine's Chernihiv Oblast, overnight on Aug. 11. The airfield is reportedly used by Russian aviation in the war against Ukraine. Following the explosions, Belarusian Defense Ministry said that one of their pieces of equipment caught fire during new engine testing at 11 p.m. on Aug. 10. However, Maxar published images on Aug. 13 saying that "scorch marks from a recent blast can be seen on the main runway & burned vegetation is evident nearby."

10:49 am

UK intelligence: Even if Russia repairs bridges in Kherson Oblast, they will remain a key vulnerability.

According to the U.K. Defense Ministry, Ukrainian strikes likely made the road crossing of the Dnipro River at Nova Kakhovka unusable for heavy military vehicles, while the damaged Antonivsky road bridge likely remains structurally undermined. The ground resupply for the several thousand Russian troops on the west bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast is “almost certainly reliant on just two pontoon ferry crossing points.” “With their supply chain constrained, the size of any stockpiles Russia has managed to establish on the west bank is likely to be a key factor in the force’s endurance,” the ministry said.

9:31 am

General Staff: Russia has lost 43,400 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24.

Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Aug. 13 that Russia had also lost 1,856 tanks, 4,115 armored fighting vehicles, 3,036 vehicles and fuel tanks, 978 artillery systems, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 136 air defense systems, 193 helicopters, 233 airplanes, 779 drones, and 15 boats.

8:11 am

Governor: Russian forces shell Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko reported that Russian forces attacked the region’s Nikopolskyi and Kryvorizkyi districts with Grad MLRS on Aug. 13. Around 30 rockets hit residential areas, destroying 11 high-rises, 13 buildings, and a kindergarten. No casualties were reported.

7:59 am

General Staff: Russian forces shell Sumy, Chernihiv oblasts with artillery.

Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Aug. 13 that Russian forces are concentrating their efforts on establishing full control over Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, as well as maintaining the temporarily occupied parts of Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv oblasts. Russia’s military is also attempting to facilitate favorable conditions to resume its offensive and to stall Ukrainian forces’ maritime communications in the Black Sea.

7:11 am

Mayor: Russian forces shell Kharkiv

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported that the city’s Nemyshlianskyi and Slobidskyi districts were shelled by Russian forces overnight on Aug. 13, hitting civilian infrastructure. Critical communication infrastructure, residential buildings, buses, and a college were damaged. No casualties have been reported.

6:46 am

Institute for the Study of War: Ukrainian forces strike key targets in south.

The U.S. think tank confirmed that Ukrainian forces destroyed the last bridge near Kakhova Hydroelectric Power Plant in Kherson Oblast, which Russian forces used to move military equipment. Ukrainian forces also struck Russian ammunition depots and logistics points in Kherson Oblast. The ISW suggests that Ukrainian partisans are likely targeting Russian proxies and pro-Russian collaborators to sabotage the upcoming sham referenda in temporarily occupied regions.