DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the West is playing a “chess game with death”, according to Dmitry Medvedev

DIRECT.  War in Ukraine: the West is playing a "chess game with death", according to Dmitry Medvedev


Tens of thousands of Czechs want more aid for themselves, less for Ukraine

Around 70,000 people protested in the historic center of Prague on Saturday against the Czech government accusing it of paying more attention to war-ravaged Ukraine than to its own citizens.

Organized under the slogan, “Czech Republic first”, the protest took aim at rising inflation driven by soaring energy prices, Covid-19 vaccination as well as immigrants. “The best for Ukrainians and two sweaters for us,” read a banner, suggesting that Czechs would not be able to pay heating bills in winter.


Change in Chechnya?

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, reportedly said he planned to take an “indefinite and long” hiatus from his post. In a video posted to his Telegram, Kadyrov, 45, reportedly said he thought “the time has come” for him to leave. Kadyrov has ruled the Russian republic of Chechnya with an iron fist since 2007.


Energy prices: the tariff shield will be maintained in 2023, says Gabriel Attal

The regulated gas tariff was raised last autumn but has since been frozen, while that of electricity rose by 4% in February due to the conflict in Ukraine. “We will maintain a tariff shield in 2023”, indicated, this Saturday on France Inter, Budget Minister Delegate Gabriel Attal.


Ukraine’s first lady: As UK counts pennies, ‘we count victims’

In an interview at the BBCOlena Zelenska said that if support for Ukraine was strong, the crisis would be shorter.

Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, said that while the economic impact of the war in Ukraine is hard on its allies (referring to the inflation that causes historic strikes in England), the British “count the pennies” while the Ukrainians “count the victims”.


Cyberwar in Ukraine: why the Russian offensives did not generate the announced chaos 6 months later


After her controversial remarks, Ségolène Royal claims to have “never denied war crimes”


The West is playing a ‘chess game with death’, says Dmitry Medvedev

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accused the West of playing a “chess game with death” in its support for Ukraine. In a post on Vkontake, Russia’s largest social network, Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, accused Western countries of trying to take advantage of the conflict to push Russia into “a new round of disintegration”. “Such attempts are really extremely dangerous” because they “ignore a simple axiom: the violent disintegration of a nuclear power is always a game of chess with death”. He also described Russia’s nuclear arsenal as “the best guarantee for the preservation of Greater Russia”.


Russia says it repelled Ukrainian assault on Zaporizhia power plant

The Russian Defense Ministry, during its daily press briefing, said that its army last night repelled an assault by Ukrainian forces trying to retake the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

According to Moscow, more than 250 members of the Ukrainian naval forces tried to land at the beginning of the night on the shore of the lake where the plant is located. According to him, about twenty Ukrainian boats were destroyed.

These claims are difficult to verify.


Ukrainian exports of agricultural products increased by 66% in August

In August, Ukrainian exports of agricultural products increased by 66% – up to 4.5 million tons, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. In the first six months of the current year, Ukraine exported 12.5 million tons of agricultural products, compared to 26.4 million tons in the relevant period in 2021. Corn accounted for the most large share of exports in August with 1.8 million tonnes, 700,000 tonnes more than in July. Ukraine’s wheat exports amounted to 899,600 tonnes, 488,000 tonnes more than in July but 25% less than last year.


Towards a reform of the electricity market in Europe

According to Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, “The soaring electricity prices expose the limits of the current organization of our electricity market”, she launched adding: “That is why we are working on an emergency intervention and a structural reform of the European electricity market”.


Erdogan offers Moscow his mediation on the Zaporizhia power plant

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin the mediation of Turkey to help resolve the crisis around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, occupied by Russian troops.

“President Erdogan said that Turkey can play a facilitating role on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, as it did on the grain agreement” whose exports were blocked by the war, indicated the Turkish presidency .


New Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany

According to the German magazine Spiegel, the government has given its approval for Oleksij Makejev to take over as head of the Ukrainian embassy in Berlin from mid-October. His predecessor, Andriy Melnyk, was recalled to his country of origin during the summer, where he will become deputy foreign minister, the newspaper said.


EU ‘expects Russia to honor energy contracts’

After the shutdown of Nord Stream 1, EU Economics Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the EU expects Russia to honor the energy contracts it has made. If not, Gentiloni says the EU is ready to take up the challenge if Russia does not.

“We are well prepared to resist Russia’s extreme use of the gas weapon,” he said.


kyiv will determine the end of the war when it finishes “liberating its territories”

According to Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential adviser, Ukraine will determine the end of the war when it finishes “liberating its territories” and demanding that Russia pay reparations.


Controversy around a mural in Melbourne, Australia

A mural on which we can see a Ukrainian soldier and a Russian soldier embracing is controversial in Melbourne, Australia. For detractors, this fresco “creates a feeling of false equivalence between the victim and the aggressor”.


Ukrainian drones destroyed $26.5 million worth of Russian military equipment in three days

According to Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, “over the past three days, from August 31 to September 2, a pair of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles destroyed enemy equipment worth a total of about 26 .5 million dollars. These are eight T-72 tanks (the estimated cost of one tank is $3 million), one Akatsiya self-propelled gun ($1.6 million), one IFV ($0.6 million) and howitzers ($0.3 million),” he wrote on Telegram. Information difficult to verify.


Bombed humanitarian aid warehouses

Warehouses with humanitarian aid material were bombed in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region. A security guard was injured, according to city authorities.


1,117 children killed or injured in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the conflict, 380 children have been killed and 737 others injured, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor. Most children were affected in the Donetsk region (388), the Kharkiv region (204) or the kyiv region. In addition, some 2,328 schools were damaged, of which 289 were completely destroyed.

In the morning, an 8-year-old child was killed and two injured in a shelling in the Mykolaiv region.


Gazprom will ship 42.7 million cubic meters of natural gas to Europe via Ukraine

A few hours after announcing that flows via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany would not resume as planned, Gazprom has just announced gas shipments for Europe via Ukraine. However, these volumes will not be large enough to compensate for the missing gas that was to be pumped by Nord Stream 1. The flow at the Sudja entry point on the border between Russia and Ukraine is currently slightly above its of Friday.


A freighter bound for Ukraine to recover broken down grain in the Bosphorus Strait

As part of a UN-brokered deal, a freighter bound for Ukraine to pick up grain there broke down while crossing the Bosphorus strait from Istanbul. The Briza’s engine failed. The boat dropped anchor to carry out repairs. The day before, the Lady Zehma, a freighter carrying more than 3,000 tonnes of maize from Ukraine, was towed to anchorage in Istanbul after briefly running aground due to rudder failure.


Planned visit of the head of the Burmese Junta to Moscow

Burma’s junta leader will travel to Russia next week for economic talks, state media in the Southeast Asian country reported. Min Aung Hlaing will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, The Global New Light reported.

The general will meet with Russian government officials to “further consolidate cooperation” and friendly ties between the two countries’ economies and governments, the state media said.


Viktor Orban is in Moscow to “pay tribute” to Gorbachev

Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is going it alone in Europe by strengthening gas trade with Russia, is traveling to Moscow for the funeral of Mikhail Gorbachev. No meeting with Vladimir Putin is planned.


Ukraine takes advantage of Russian military’s ‘poor logistics, administration and leadership’

According to British intelligence, Ukrainian forces “probably achieved a degree of tactical surprise” by taking advantage of the “poor logistics, administration and leadership” of the Russian military.

Since August 29, 2022, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been carrying out new offensive operations in southern Ukraine. One element of this offensive is a continued advance across a broad front west of the Dnipro River, focusing on three axes in Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast. According to the intelligence, Russian commanders will have to make a key decision in the coming days on whether or not to commit the entire operational reserve force.



Land offered to Russian veterans in Crimea

According to the draft decree drawn up by the Russian Ministry of Defense, people who have the status of “veterans” or people who are currently participating in Russia’s war against Ukraine could be entitled to land free of charge. in the Moscow region or in the Crimea.

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