LIVE – War in Ukraine: High-stakes Independence Day after six months of conflict

Ukrainian intelligence confirms that the Russians are bombing the vicinity of the Zaporizhia power plant to raise radioactive dust.

Ukrainian intelligence reported to the Telegram chain The Russians tried to bomb the surroundings of the Zaporizhia power plant to “raise clouds of radioactive dust.”

“These are places where ash is stored. It is formed during the operation of thermal power plants. These ashes contain high levels of toxic substances and radiation levels 2.5 times higher than normal levels. Once they dry, these ashes will travel considerable distances,” the post said.

Ukrainians say unusual levels of radiation have been reported in the town of Energodar.

US intelligence warnings should be taken “seriously”.

Russia expert Michel Eltchaninoff pointed out on BFMTV / RMC this morning that US intelligence’s warnings “should be taken seriously”.

Long before the war began, Washington warned its Western partners of the imminent threat of a Russian invasion. Paris and Berlin were skeptical of these reports.

With the growing threat of a full-scale Russian attack less than six months into the war, “maybe the Russians will wait a few days…but you have to take this seriously,” said Michel Eltchaninoff.

British intelligence says the Russian army is short of ammunition, soldiers and vehicles

The British Ministry of Defense intelligence has indicated in its daily update that the Russian military is experiencing many difficulties six months after the start of the offensive in Ukraine.

“The offensive in Donbass is making little progress, and the Russians are expecting a major Ukrainian counteroffensive. Russia is suffering from shortages of ammunition, vehicles and soldiers. Many ranks of Moscow’s military have been significantly degraded. Its diplomatic power has been reduced and its long-term economic prospects are unclear,” it said. reading

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10 Downing Street is decorated with blue and yellow flowers in honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day

10 Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister, is decorated with blue and yellow flowers in honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day.

“The UK will continue to support our Ukrainian friends now and in the future,” the Prime Minister’s Twitter account read.

Russian tanks on display in Kyiv for Ukraine’s Independence Day were destroyed

This Wednesday marks six months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine and coincides with the anniversary of the country’s independence in 1991.

Destroyed Russian tanks are displayed in a downtown queue to mark the anniversary. They were recovered during fighting between the Ukrainian army and the Russian army in the last few months.

In some, you can even see the name of the cities where they were recovered.

The US has begun sending more military aid to Ukraine

The US Department of Defense has released a series of photographs showing military personnel carrying packages of munitions destined for Ukraine onto planes at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base.

“Our military is working around the clock to ensure the people of Ukraine have the equipment they need to defend their country.” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

The Ukrainian football championship resumed on Tuesday

Six months after the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian football championship resumed on Tuesday with a match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv.

A strong symbol for two cities hit hard by the conflict, the first is still in the hands of Russian forces today. In front of an empty stadium, the two teams drew 0-0.

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Kick-off of the match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv © BFMTV

Erdogan calls Russia’s annexation of Crimea ‘illegal’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday reiterated Turkey’s position that Ankara supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and rejects Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

“The handover of Crimea to Ukraine is a requirement of international law,” he said.

“Turkey does not recognize the annexation of Crimea, and has clearly declared from the first day that this action is illegal and illegal. This is a principled position that is not only legal, but also morally based,” he said.

Berlin pledges 500 million euros in additional weapons by 2023

Germany will deliver new weapons worth about 500 million euros to Ukraine, part of it in 2023, a German government spokesman said on Tuesday.

The deliveries specifically included three Iris-de-Van air defense systems, “a dozen recovery tanks, 20 rocket launchers mounted on pick-ups”, as well as “precision munitions and anti-drone equipment”.

In total, these deliveries will reach around 500 million euros, according to this spokesperson, indicating that a large portion will be delivered in 2023.

Why August 24 is especially feared by Kyiv

This Wednesday, August 24, is a double sign day, which is very worryingUkraine. “Russia may try to do something particularly disgusting, particularly cruel,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in his traditional speech on Saturday.

“One of the main objectives of the enemy is to humiliate us”, “to sow despair, fear and conflict”, but “we must be strong enough to resist any provocation” and “pay for the terror of the aggressors”, and the Ukrainian president.

Why such fears? The day, first of all, marks the anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. For thirty-one years, the country has been trying to “establish its autonomy from Russia,” BFMTV.com’s Jerome Bellistrandi, security adviser to our antenna. “It was already a marked date in normal times,” he adds. But this also refers to August 24 Six months after the start of the conflict with RussiaOn February 24.

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Washington will provide about three billion dollars in new military aid

The United States will announce about $3 billion in military aid to Ukraine to mark Ukraine’s independence day and six months of conflict, a US official said on Tuesday.

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“The worst situation is behind us”: Ukrainian defense minister wants to reassure

This Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of Ukraine’s independence And six months of the beginning of the war started by Russia. Despite the stalemate in the conflict and the loss of thousands of soldiers, Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, wants to reassure. “The worst is behind us”, he said on CNNIn an interview on Tuesday.

“We’re at the point of stabilizing the entire battlefield,” he explains.

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