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- Death from above, printed at home: Ukrainians deploy DIY weapons against Russian troops. “We have thousands of volunteers in Ukraine hoping to say ‘hi’ to Russian occupiers in this way,” Yuri Vlasyuk said. The 46-year-old explained that the white fin on the bomb was 3D-printed by a Ukrainian civilian at home.
- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have all maintained close political and economic ties to Russia since their independence from the Soviet Union more than three decades ago. Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine is changing that, however.
- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told Australian university students that China must not help Russia in its war against his homeland and remain at least neutral. Questioned by a student about China’s stance, Zelensky said he would prefer Beijing join countries including the United States and Australia that have condemned the Russian invasion.
- While more than 1,000 major global businesses have curtailed their presence on the Russian market since the war’s outbreak, at least 237 still maintain their operations there, according to a study by Yale School of Management published on July 20.
- In the period between March and July, Russia became the second in the world in downloading VPN applications to bypass the restrictions on the Internet.
- Russian conscript Yegor Shkrebets, who served aboard Moskva was killed in action, Yegor’s father, Dmitriy Shkrebets, said in a post via Russian social media network VKontakte.
- Former Olympic gymnast and Russian president Vladimir Putin’s rumoured girlfriend Alina Kabaeva was hit by a fresh bout of sanctions by the US amid the ongoing Ukraine invasion. The US treasury department said it has frozen the visa of Ms Kabaeva and imposed other property restrictions.
- Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Wednesday that Russia’s war in Ukraine has pushed Europe’s largest nuclear plant in Zaporizhzhia into “grave” danger. The situation with the plant is “completely out of control”, and he called for Russia and Ukraine officials to allow experts to visit the complex to prevent a nuclear accident.
- The Russian armed forces destroyed a supermarket and twice hit the territory of an equestrian school during the shelling of Mykolaiv on the morning of 3 August.
- The SSU detained a member of Cherkasy City Council, who headed the local faction of Opposition Platform – For Life, and was also an assistant to the current member of Ukrainian parliament. He not only justified russian aggression against our country, but also planned to head occupation administration in Cherkasy, if the enemy captures the region. After russia’s full-scale invasion, he did not leave the newly banned party.
- The first control complex and four Fly Eye drones, which will go to the front today, arrived in Ukraine as part of the “Army of Drones” project.
- A Russian court ruled Wednesday to transfer a university rector from jail to house arrest in an embezzlement case that has been seen by some observers as part of authorities’ efforts to target members of the country’s liberal elite. Sergei Zuyev, the rector of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, has been behind bars since November.
- The US has begun procuring National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) for Ukraine, a Pentagon official revealed at a press conference Friday.
- The war crimes, atrocities, murders and torture of which Ukrainians and Ukrainian prisoners under Russian protection are victim remind us once again we are at a tipping point in terms of security, because the conflict on our doorstep affects our lives. It’s our defence, our food security and our energy security which are at stake.