August 8, 2022

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Ukraine: Bombing of a bus station in Donetsk, at least 8 killed – Europe

“The Russian occupiers bombed Kharkiv this evening,” he added. This was stated by the head of the regional military administration, Oleg Senegubov, citing Ukrinska Pravda. He said, “The passengers hit the Shevchenkivsky and industrial areas. First aid teams went to the scene of the accident and there is preliminary information about three victims.”

Meanwhile, the Russian army continues to focus on artillery to weaken the Ukrainian resistance in the Donbass, but the dangers to civilians inevitably increase. This time bullets fell at a bus stop in Toritsk, killing at least 8 people and wounding 4, including children. To the south, concerns center around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is dangerously close to the combat zone. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the situation is “totally out of control”, because safety standards are not respected at all. The Russian raid on Toritsk, a town of 30,000 people in southeastern Ukraine near the front line of clashes, is just one of the many raids that have hit the Donetsk region. So much so that over the course of weeks the Kyiv authorities have doubled down on appeals to residents to abandon their homes, among other things now suffering from a lack of water and heating.

In Toritsk, the Ukrainian ruler denounced another massacre of civilians, only guilty of wanting to get on a bus, but the enemy responded with the same arguments: the constant bombardment of the Ukrainian army in the capital killed six people. The raids were supposed to take place during the farewell party of Lieutenant Colonel Olga Kachura, the first female Russian officer to be killed in the conflict. On the southern front, the consequences of the war in Zaporozhye would likely be devastating if a missile or mortar hit Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said frankly, warning that the plant, which is still operating despite the Russian occupation, is in dire need of inspection and repair. “The situation is very fragile. Every security principle has been violated in one way or another and we cannot allow it to continue like this.” At this point, the only hopes for a slowdown in the conflict lie in the signals sent by Vladimir Putin, who would be willing to negotiate with Kyiv. At least, as former German chancellor Gerard Schroeder claimed after visiting the Kremlin. From this point of view, the meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Sochi between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin is highlighted. The previous one, on the occasion of the tripartite in Tehran on July 19, is encouraging, because on that occasion the Turkish leader managed to persuade the Tsar to open Ukrainian ports to restart the ships laden with grain.

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In Kyiv, on the other hand, suspicions of Moscow reign (the government assures that it wants to impose its peace on us), and in the meantime a bank is prosecuted with Beijing. Volodymyr Zelensky said he wanted a “direct interview” with Xi Jinping. “It is a very powerful country. It is a strong economy. So it can influence Russia politically and economically,” the Ukrainian leader said in an interview with Chinese media. Hopefully, Xi’s concern for international stability (which is good for business) will prevail over an alliance with Moscow. Beijing’s help could be a turning point for the Ukrainians, who now also have to deal with accusations of not protecting civilians, coming from an international body that certainly does not support Moscow. It was Amnesty International, after research conducted in the Kharkiv, Donbass and Mykolaiv regions, which denounced that “Ukrainian forces have endangered the population by setting up bases in populated areas, including schools and hospitals.” Unexpected attack of how you responded harshly. The report is “unfair and shameful and fuels the campaign of disinformation and propaganda” promoted by the Russians, Presidential Adviser Mikhailo Podolak and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.