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Ukraine War News from August 11
- Aerorozvidka was founded in 2014, and now it works on supplying the Ukrainian army with unmanned aerial vehicles. “We calculated that $1 invested in the production of an R18 drone causes $1,000 worth of damage to the enemy. If a drone hits a piece of equipment like a tank, it pays for itself in one flight. After all, destroyed equipment costs millions, but the equipment we work with costs tens or hundreds of thousands,” Aerorozvidka explained.
- Russia is offering convicts freedom if they fight in order to replenish its military. A Prisoner rights group says at least 1,500 have taken up an offer that comes with promises of big salaries and a pardon, but many quickly want to back out of deal.
- Late-night explosions and flashes at Zyabrovka military airfield in Belarus were caused by live-fire exercises conducted by air force and air defense units, the Belarusian military said. This was nothing out of the ordinary, the Belarusian military said.
- The UK will send more multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine as part of an enduring commitment to help the country defend itself against Russia’s illegal invasion, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced. Britain will also give a significant number of precision guided M31A1 missiles which can strike targets up to 80km away.
- Searches of activists’ homes were conducted in the city of Dzhankoy in Russian-occupied Crimea. At least six searches in the Dzhankoy district of Crimea have been recorded. Occupation authorities ordered searches of the houses of Vilen Temeryanov in Vilne, and “Crimean Solidarity” journalist and activist Enver Krosh in Blizhnehorodskoe.
More Ukraine War News
- Latvia designated Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism” over Ukraine war on Thursday. Latvia’s parliament designated Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” over the war in Ukraine and called on Western allies to impose more comprehensive sanctions on Moscow in order to bring an end to the conflict.
- The Russian Saki air base in Crimea was attacked on August 9th. It is still unclear what exactly hit Saki airbase. The assumptions are many – from attack drones to the Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, or the Ukrainian Hrim-2 short-range ballistic missile, or even the ATACMS missile launched from the HIMARS MLRS.
- Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Poland was considered the black sheep of Europe. Its illiberal government under the ruling Law and Justice party trampled on the country’s democratic constitution, subordinated the public media, and attacked women’s and minorities’ rights. Poland became an outcast within the European Union. Russia’s war against Ukraine has forced a rethinking about the European order after Warsaw stepped up to help Ukraine.
- Moscow has rejected a plan by Kyiv to have Switzerland represent Ukraine’s interests in Russia, saying it no longer considers Switzerland a neutral country.
- Does Ukraine have a chance of reclaiming lost territory? ‘Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never give it up.’
- Following the announcement that 130 Danish instructors will be training Ukrainian soldiers in the UK, the Russian Embassy in Denmark has made it clear that it strongly disagrees with the decision. Russian Ambassador Vladimir Barbin believes that Denmark’s involvement in the training will “put the peace at risk”.
- Former commander-in-chief of NATO Forces in Europe, retired General Philip Breedlove, is realistic about the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and accuses the West of “a desperate desire to stop the war with sanctions, not weapons.” Breedlove has consistently advocated for providing Ukraine with the necessary amount of Western weapons as quickly as possible.
- A Russian multi-role fire control radar was reportedly blown up at the Zyabrovka air base near Homel in Belarus. A source familiar with the intelligence said that the Russian 92N6 fire control and engagement radar, known as Grave Stone by NATO, blew up in a huge explosion at Zyabrovka air base on the night of August 11.