Ukraine has arrested two people working for Russian intelligence soldiers who planned to kill the Ukrainian defense minister and the head of the country’s military intelligence agencysaid on Monday the National Security Service of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Security Service foiled a plot by the Russian military intelligence agency GRU to use a sabotage group to carry out three assassinations, including that of a prominent Ukrainian activist, the agency said.
The US will provide an additional $4.5bn (£3.7bn) to the Ukrainian governmentraising its total budget support since Russia’s invasion in February to $8.5bn (£7bn), the US Agency for International Development announced. The funding, coordinated with the US Treasury Department through the World Bank, will go to Ukraine’s government in tranches, starting with a $3bn (£2.5bn) disbursement in August, USAid said. Agency for International Development.
Russia has suspended an agreement that allowed US and Russian inspectors to visit each other’s nuclear weapons sites under the 2010 New Start treaty, in a further blow to gun control. Mutual inspections had been suspended as a health precaution since the start of the Covid pandemic, but a statement from the ministry of foreign affairs on Monday he added another reason why Russia is unwilling to restart them. He argued that the sanctions imposed by the United States due to the invasion of Ukraine prevented Russian inspectors from traveling to the United States.
Russia is most likely deploying antipersonnel mines to protect and deter freedom of movement along its defensive lines in Donetsk and Kramatorsk. in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.
The ministry called the PFM-1 and PFM-1S mines, also known as “butterfly mines,” “deeply controversial and indiscriminate weapons” with the potential to inflict widespread casualties on the military and local civilians.
Two more ships, carrying corn and soybeans, departed from the Ukrainian ports, bringing the total to 10 ships carrying Ukrainian grain exports since the UN deal to unblock Ukraine’s grain exports was reached, Reuters reported. Future ships exporting grain from Ukraine through the Black Sea will now be protected by a 10-nautical-mile buffer zone, according to long-awaited procedures agreed upon by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations.
The first grain-carrying ship to leave Ukrainian ports after the UN-brokered deal is looking for another port to unload its cargo. after the initial Lebanese buyer refused delivery due to its five-month delay, Reuters reported.
The head of the Ukrainian state nuclear power company, Energoatom, has ordered the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant will become a military-free zonewarning of the risk of a Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster after the bombing of the site caused the shutdown of a reactor on Saturday. Russia and Ukraine continue to trade accusations that it is responsible for the bombing, with the UN calling for international inspectors to be given access. According to reports from the head of the Russian-installed administration of the occupied Zaporizhzhia region, the nuclear power plant is operating normally.
The Russian-installed head of the occupied part of the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia signed a decree on Monday provide for a referendum on joining Russia, in the latest sign that Moscow is moving forward with its plans to annex seized Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ruled out any peace talks with Russia if the country proceeds with referendums in the occupied areas.
The Kremlin said on Monday that there was no basis for a meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents at this time. Negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv have stalled for months, with each side blaming the other for a lack of progress, Reuters reports.