The NY Times continues its look at the conflict on the ground with the Ukraine troops exploring the nitigrity of the action absent the general media stories……
The Ukraine troops WITH Western vehicles ARE taking heavy losses as they make small gains….
The Russian troops have gotten smarter….
The Ukraine and Russian continue shootin g missiles at each others cities….
The conflict will discissed by sveral countries in a summit held in Saudia Arabia soon….
The Ukraine talks about post war security with Washington….NATO questions will have to wait….
Ukraine is focused on two main southward thrusts, with the aim of cutting off Russian resupply routes. One line of attack goes through Staromaiorske toward the city of Berdiansk on the Azov Sea, and another, farther west, toward the city of Melitopol.
Both cities command strategic transit routes for Russian forces occupying southern Ukraine and Crimea.
For weeks, Ukrainian artillery and long-range missiles have been pounding Russian supply lines and rear bases in an effort to break their operational capability and undermine Russian morale.
Rockets fired from an American-made HIMARS mobile launcher surprise drivers on country roads near the front line as Ukrainian units attack targets deep behind Russian lines.
- Targeting Ukraine’s Ports: Russian forces struck another grain terminal in Kherson, extending a bombardment of Ukraine’s infrastructure. The attacks have raised alarm about Kyiv’s ability to export grain after Russia pulled out of a deal that allowed Ukraine to ship it despite the war.
- Missiles Over Russia: Moscow said it shot down two Ukrainian missiles over southwestern Russia, apparently rare instances of Kyiv using such weapons to attack targets inside the country.
- Ukraine’s Counteroffensive: Kyiv has intensified its campaign against Russian, hoping that mile-by-mile gains could bring its weapons closer to Russian supply lines. But information about the scope of the assaults and their toll has been minimal, and sometimes contradictory.
- Making Russia Pay: Could Russia be forced to foot the bill for Ukraine’s reconstruction from the war? Experts warn that such an approach could violate international law and set a dangerous precedent.
As the Ukrainian forces deploy Western-supplied weapons, the Russian troops are making use of deadly new tactics and weapons of their own, including attack drones and remote-detonated mines.
In Staromaiorske, Russian soldiers dug bunkers underneath the village’s houses with multiple exits so a house would erupt like an anthill when under attack, said Dikyi, the Ukrainian commander. He lost one of his best men, a 27-year-old called Vyacheslav, who used the call sign Bandit, in an assault on such a house, he said.
The key to the Ukrainian success in the village, he said, was wearing down the Russian soldiers’ will to fight. The first sign of the Russian collapse was when 20 soldiers abandoned their position after complaining that reinforcements had failed to arrive, he said…..
In Moscow, Kremlin officials accused Ukraine of targeting the Russian capital and Crimea early Sunday with drone strikes, all of which they said they thwarted.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Saudi Arabia will host a Ukrainian-backed peace summit to be attended by delegations from the United States, India, Brazil and South Africa, among other countries, the Associated Press reported. The office of Ukrainian presidential adviser Andriy Yermak confirmed the plan to meet in Saudi Arabia. According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on plans for the talks in Jeddah on Aug. 5 and 6, the meeting is intended to pave the way for a summit later this year, when global leaders hope to declare their support for shared principles for a lasting peace.
Kyiv will discuss long-term security measures with Washington “this week,” Yermak said, referring to a recent agreement with Group of Seven nations. Yermak reiterated Ukraine’s desire to join NATO, though he acknowledged that the country would not be accepted into the defense group until the war ends. The White House did not immediately respond Sunday afternoon to a request for comment on the meeting.
Russia said it thwarted a drone attack on Moscow early Sunday and blamed Ukraine for the strike. One drone was stopped over Odintsovo, southwest of the capital, and two more crashed in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said two office towers in the capital were “slightly damaged” but nobody was hurt or killed. A Ukrainian air force spokesman acknowledged strikes in Moscow, but did not say whether Kyiv was behind them. Russia’s report comes less than a week after it accused Ukraine of a drone attack on a Moscow skyscraper.
Russian officials also accused Ukraine of using drones to target Crimea, which Moscow invaded and illegally annexed in 2014. On Sunday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces intercepted and downed 25 Ukrainian drones aimed at the peninsula, adding that there were no reports of casualties or damage. A spokesman for Ukraine’s air force, Yuriy Ignat, acknowledged the drones in Moscow and Crimea but did not say whether Ukraine played a role. “There is always something flying in Russia, and in Moscow in particular,” he said.
A Soviet coat of arms was dismantled at the Motherland monument in Kyiv on Sunday. Crews will replace it with the Ukrainian trident symbol, despite low support for funding cultural works. Such wartime spending led Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko to resign this month; he posted a video of the dismantling Sunday.
Russia’s navy is set to commission 30 ships into service this year, President Vladimir Putin said Sunday in St. Petersburg at the country’s annual Navy Day parade. “The Russian Federation is consistently building up the power of its fleet,” Putin said. Russia has depended on its navy to support its war in Ukraine — frequently using its Black Sea fleet, for example, to launch cruise missiles at Ukrainian land targets.
A Russian missile attack in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy killed two people and injured 20, Zelensky said in a Telegram post. Saturday’s attack on an educational facility also damaged a church, and 285 people were involved in a rescue operation.
Russia launched five missile strikes and 19 airstrikes across Ukraine, firing 30 times with multiple-launch rocket systems on cities and military forces, Ukraine’s armed forces said earlier. Ukraine’s military did not specify where all the attacks occurred, but Russia has in recent days targeted populated areas in southern Ukraine as Kyiv ramps up its counteroffensive.
Several thousand Wagner mercenaries have probably established themselves at a military camp in central Belarus, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. According to the ministry’s update Sunday, imagery shows hundreds of vehicles have arrived since mid-July at a facility in the Belarusian village of Tsel that was previously mostly empty. It comes as fears grow in Ukraine that new attacks could be launched from Belarus, a close Russian ally, since Yevgeniy Prigozhin’s Wagner mercenaries relocated there after his short-lived mutiny against Russian defense officials last month.
Ukraine will be able to meet heating needs this winter, the country’s energy minister said. Speaking in a televised interview, German Galushchenko said Ukraine is using new ways to add power to its grid but did not specify how, according to Reuters. Russian attacks crippled Ukraine’s power grid last winter.
Pope Francis called on Russia to restore the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which collapsed this month after Moscow withdrew from the deal and refused to guarantee the safety of agricultural cargo in the Black Sea. “I appeal to my brothers, the authorities of the Russian Federation, so that the Black Sea initiative may be resumed and grain may be transported safely,” Francis said Sunday during his Angelus prayer, Reuters reported. Over the weekend, Putin acknowledged publicly that Russian companies will earn more from the increase in global food prices resulting from Moscow’s withdrawal from the initiative…..