Ukraine War News from August 15
- The Dutch court handling the murder trial of four suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 said it would hand down its verdict on Nov. 17.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin likely regrets invading Ukraine but will never admit it, said former NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2009 to 2013, James Stavridis, in a radio show on Saturday.
- Tanks remain an indispensable fighting tool in providing support for the infantry. With their superior firepower, mobility, and ability to operate in any terrain or weather conditions, Ukraine’s tanks are finding new relevance as they engage their Russian foes in the contested Donbas.
- Moldova has imported one million iodine pills as fighting rages around a nuclear power station in neighbouring Ukraine. The eastern European country insisted residents should not panic as it upped its stockpile of the tablets which can prevent radioactive elements building up in the body.
- Ukraine’s grain exports are down 46% year on year at 2.65 million tonnes so far in the 2022/23 season, reported Reuters. Grain exports for the 2021/22 season ending June 30 rose 8.5% to 48.5 million tonnes, driven by strong shipments before Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February.
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- Russia said its relationship with North Korea will “expand” after facing an international backlash to its invasion of Ukraine. In a letter to Kim to mark the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan in 1945, the Russian president pledged “comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations”, according to North Korean state media.
- The war in Ukraine is “a special operation on television” for most Russians, Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM or VCIOM) director Valery Fedorov says. Which explains why Vladimir Putin has said that “we haven’t begun to fight seriously” but are still acting as if this is a peacetime action. This helps to explain why Russians have the sense that “events are developing in the correct direction” and also why “up to now, no tiredness from the special military operation is yet observed,”
- Gleb Golovchenko runs the Ukrainian television company TAK TV, in the Black Sea city of Mykolaiv. In February, Russian forces attempted to invade the city. Despite heavy bombardment, the attack was repulsed. The front line today is scarcely ten kilometres away, but Golovchenko has continued to broadcast – something that has only been possible, he says, because of help from the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists.
- For doctors on the front lines of Ukraine’s war against Russia, there is little time for breaks. “When you get 20 or 22-year old boys, young boys, and they have serious injuries. When they lose their limbs, or their sight, when they become disabled” says Mykhailo, the head of the hospital’s surgery department, who also did not want his surname published.
- One of the main narratives of the Russian propaganda that “Russia is a global power that must be respected by the West” manifests itself through four sub-narratives in the context of sanctions: “EU will go cold and hungry,” “EU has shot itself in the foot,” “American economy is also suffering, which is why they are looking for ways to resume business with Russia,” and “sanctions do not harm Russia but make it stronger instead.”