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 2. Day 160. By Dmytro Aksyonov
According to the United Nations, 5,327 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and another 7,257 injured since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February. The UN’s human rights agency reported that in the month of July alone, 1,455 civilian casualties have been recorded in Ukraine: 355 civilians killed and 1,100 injured.
Lviv. A large scale fire erupted at a military facility in the Lviv region following a Russian rocket attack, reports regional Governor Maksym Kozytskyi. Although Ukraine’s western provinces have largely been spared the worst of the war, as the fighting is mainly situated in the country’s eastern and southern regions, the Russian forces sometimes strike on the country’s northern and western regions.
Kharkiv. During a Russian artillery attack on Kharkiv, one person was killed at a bus stop. Russia practices shelling public transportation stops during public commute hours.
Russian forces fired 8 missiles at Ukraine from the Caspian Sea around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. The Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 7 out of the 8 missiles, according to the press service of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, Russian aggressors have committed 450 war crimes against Ukrainian cultural heritage, according to the press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
On August 2, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down two Russian missiles in the Vinnytsia region, said Serhii Borzov, Head of the Vinnytsia Regional Military Administration
Ukraine’s Azov Regiment urges the world to recognize Russia as terrorist state. “After the public execution of prisoners of war of the Azov Regiment in Olenivka, Russia is looking for new reasons and explanations for its war crimes,” the Azov Regiment said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Russian Supreme Court has designated the Azov Battalion a terrorist organization, preparing to stage a propaganda trial of Ukrainian prisoners of war captured after their heroic defense of Mariupol, a Ukrainian southern port city held under siege for 80 days.
Russian troops shelled a Ukrainian evacuation minibus near the village of Dovhove in the Beryslav district in the Kherson region on August 1. Three people were killed in the attack, and 5 were injured, according to Ukrainian Operational Command “South.”
According to Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko, the shelling has damaged 200 residential buildings, several hospitals, schools, and kindergartens in Nikopol. Russia has fired at Nikopol 1,100 times with MLRS munitions over the past 3 weeks.
The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain from Ukrainian ports since the start of the war has anchored near Turkey, announced the Turkish Defense Ministry. In accordance with the procedure established by the grain export deal signed by Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the U.N., the ship will now be inspected for prohibited cargo by the joint control group, which features both Ukrainian and Russian officials.
Ukraine has received the first €1 billion grant of a larger €9 billion aid package approved by the EU. The funds are earmarked for helping the country finance basic expenditures. Some Ukrainian officials have alleged that several EU member states, including Germany, are the reason for the slow arrival of financial aid, claiming that some EU members were hesitant to provide Ukraine with more funding during these times of financial crisis for the bloc.
The Ukrainian state-owned gas company, Naftogaz, laid out a new debt payment freeze plan on Tuesday, a week after it became the first government entity to default since the start of the Russian invasion in late February. The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers had previously decided to not authorize bond payments for the company and demanded further negotiations with bond holders. Naftogaz’s new plan offers additional incentives, including added interest payments, in a bid to secure backing for a two-year moratorium on debt payments. Holders have until Aug. 12 to cast their vote on the solicitation, the document says.