Third “night from hell” in Odessa on the 512th day of war in Ukraine

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The fact of the day

For the third night in a row, the coastal region of Odessa was heavily shelled by the Russians. No fewer than two civilians were killed in the shelling, local authorities said. In Odessa, the body of a building caretaker was “found under the rubble” after a strike that destroyed “an administrative building” in the center and damaged several residential buildings, according to the governor of the region Oleg Kiper. In Mykolaiv, east of Odessa, “at least five residential buildings were damaged,” said Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevitch, his deputy Anatoly Petrov adding that a body was found. These strikes left more than 20 injured, according to the various cumulative reports of the local authorities.

“A night of hell for our people! “Reacted the head of the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Service, Serguiï Krouk, the Ukrainian Air Force indicating that Moscow launched a total of 38 missiles and drones on the two cities. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his part “strongly” condemned the bombings of Russian attacks on Odessa and other Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea, said his spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, adding that the “destruction of civilian infrastructure (could) represent a violation of international humanitarian law”.

sentence of the day

Tens of thousands dead in the dumbest, most senseless war of the 21st century. »

These are the words of Alexeï Navalny to qualify the war in Ukraine. The already imprisoned Russian opponent was tried on Thursday for “extremism”. Facing the Court, the prosecution demanded twenty years in prison against him. This judgment was an opportunity for Alexei Navalny to criticize Vladimir Putin’s action in Ukraine. “Sooner or later (Russia) will rise again. And it is up to us to know what it will be based on in the future,” he added, calling for relying not only on intelligence but also on collective “conscience”. The deliberation of the judgment will be communicated on August 4.

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The number of the day

20 billion euros. The European Union is studying the creation of a monetary fund of up to 20 billion euros over four years to continue supporting the Ukrainian army, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell announced on Thursday. Brussels proposes to create a specific budget line within the framework of the European Peace Facility (EFF), used to finance their arms supplies to Ukraine and military missions abroad.

This fund would be endowed with up to 5 billion euros per year, starting next year, in order to “transform existing support into a long-term commitment to Ukraine’s security and resilience” and to guarantee Kyiv “more sustainable and predictable funding”. This amount corresponds to “the assessment of the needs and the cost of our long-term security commitment to Ukraine”, specified Josep Borrell.

The trend of the day

The situation in the Black Sea is tense. Kiev indicated on Thursday that it will consider as of Friday any ship in these waters heading for Russian ports or occupied territory as potential “military boats”, “carrying military goods with all the associated risks”. An announcement which therefore suggests possible maritime military actions by the Ukrainians.

This decision did not come out of nowhere. On Wednesday, Moscow had affirmed that as of Thursday the ships going to Ukraine in the Black Sea will be considered as “potential military ships” and “the countries of the flag of these ships will be considered as parties to the conflict”. Faced with these announcements, Washington had warned Wednesday evening that Russia would consider attacks on merchant ships carrying grain from Ukraine to the Black Sea and then accuse Kiev, a White House official said on Wednesday.

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