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Tuesday, August 9. Russia’s War On Ukraine: News And Information From Ukraine

Forbes logo Forbes 8/10/2022 Katya Soldak, Forbes Staff

Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation.

Tuesday, August 9. Day 167. By Dmytro Aksyonov

One person was killed and six more injured when multiple explosions occurred at a Russian air base near Novofedorivka on the western coast of the Crimean peninsula. Russia invaded and annexed Crimea in 2014 and Ukraine considers the land an occupied section of its territory. Kyiv didn’t take responsibility for the explosions; Russia's defense ministry later said ammunition was detonated, although this has not been verified independently. Meanwhile, The New York TimesNYT cited an anonymous high-ranking Ukrainian official as saying the incident happened as a result of partisan activity in Crimea.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that Ukraine’s aims in the war include a return of all occupied territories, including the ones taken over by Russia or Russian-backed separatists in 2014, adding that Ukraine wants to avoid the Russian invasion becoming a frozen conflict. Zelenskyy pointed to Russia's invasions of Georgia and Moldova as examples of how not resolving territorial disputes involving Russian-backed separatists can lead to social instability that can last for years.

Russia has begun the process of disconnecting the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant from the Ukrainian power grid and connecting it to Russia's grid through Crimea, which would require temporarily cutting power to all of Ukraine’s southern region, said the President of the Ukrainian nuclear firm Energoatom, Petro Kotin. The Zaporizhzhya NPP has been a hot topic of discussion ever since it was shelled on August 6, prompting both sides to accuse one another of nuclear terrorism.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin have pushed for the EU to curb Russian tourism to combat Russian aggression, pushing for the bloc to stop issuing visas to Russians altogether, except for extraordinary circumstances. Their comments come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western countries to impose travel restrictions on all Russians, instead of a select few affected by sanctions.

Russian pipeline monopoly, Transneft, said on Tuesday that the Ukrainian pipeline firm, Ukrtransnafta, suspended Russian oil pipeline flow to parts of central Europe because Western sanctions prevented it from accepting transit fees from Moscow. The suspension of pipeline flow will affect Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which all rely heavily on Russian crude and have limited ability to import alternative supplies by sea. The Hungarian oil and gas company, MOL Plc., has said that it made an offer to the Ukrainian pipeline company to cover the expenses necessary to keep the pipeline working.

Ukraine has been approved for proposed changes to its securities from holders of its GDP warrants , with approximately 91% of securities holders voting in favor of the resolution. In July, the Ukrainian government proposed changes to the conditions of its $2.6 billion of outstanding GDP warrants— a derivative security that triggers payments linked to economic growth. Ukraine seeks to use western financial support to avoid a default on its $20 billion worth of external debt.

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