Reports of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, testimonies of correspondents, world reaction
MK is broadcasting events around Ukraine online on August 31, 2022. The 189th day of the special operation is underway. In Moscow, the first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, who was most directly related to the collapse of the Soviet Union, died. Participants of the IAEA mission went to the ZNPP in Energodar. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, Kyiv wants the IAEA team to help achieve the “demilitarization” of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. In the DPR, shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues. Donetsk and Gorlovka have already come under fire. Read online of the previous, 188th day of the special operation here.
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12:58 And the Russian Armed Forces also destroyed most of the tanks deployed by Poland to Ukraine across the Ingulets River. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, of the 12 delivered tanks, several were blown up in their minefield during a disorderly withdrawal. Only five of them managed to escape.
12:55 The Russian Defense Ministry held a new briefing. According to the agency, on August 30, Kyiv continued provocations aimed at disrupting the IAEA mission at the ZNPP. Thus, one of the shells of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the shelling of the ZNPP territory hit the building of the radioactive waste processing complex.
In addition, Russian troops destroyed over 1,700 Ukrainian servicemen in two days. The Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered significant losses when trying to attack in the areas of the settlements of Arkhangelskoye, Olgino and Ternovye Pody.
The battalion of the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was defeated. The destruction of its remains is being completed. In addition, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers with a strike on the command post and ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Karlovka, DPR.
It is reported that Russian air defense shot down seven Ukrainian UAVs, intercepted 57 shells of the HIMARS MLRS, Alder and "Hurricane". And the Russian Armed Forces hit ten command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk regions and the DPR in a day. Ukrainian troops lost four combat aircraft and three helicopters in two days of unsuccessful attacks. In addition, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed three depots of missile and artillery weapons in the Kharkiv region and the DPR.
Also, the Russian Aerospace Forces eliminated up to 50 nationalists by striking at the point of temporary deployment of units of the Armed Forces brigade in the Druzhkovka area.
12:42 Pushilin said that part of the missiles for the Himars MLRS with a range of up to 300 kilometers have already been delivered to the territory of Ukraine, the allied forces are trying to destroy them.
12:36 The Austrian authorities are ready to consider compromises on visa restrictions for Russians. In particular, we are talking about the suspension of the visa facilitation agreement.
12:28 The IAEA mission is already queuing at the checkpoint in the territory controlled by Kyiv. The authorities of Zaporizhia said this. Earlier it was noted that the delegation could arrive at the ZNPP only in the morning, September 1.
12:25 Dmitry Peskov said that Ankara's position on Crimea does not interfere with cooperation between the two countries. Earlier, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that according to international law, the peninsula should be returned to Ukraine.
12:12 Dmitry Peskov said that Mikhail Gorbachev's romanticism about peace between the West and Russia is not justified. As it turned out, no “honey age” did not happen. At the educational marathon "Knowledge" he pointed to Gorbachev's impetus for the end of the Cold War. However, “the bloodthirstiness of our opponents has shown itself,” Peskov added.
12:00 Dmitry Peskov spoke about possible EU visa restrictions. According to him, there is nothing good in this, their people will also face inconvenience when they come to Russia.
11:50 Explosions thundered in Kherson. The Russian air defense system is believed to have launched about ten missiles, TASS reports.
11:36 Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences on the death of Gorbachev. the Russian leader noted that the first president of the USSR was a politician and statesman who had a huge impact on the course of world history.
Putin, in condolences, also emphasized his humanitarian, charitable and educational activities.
11:18 Kremlin Speaker Dmitry Peskov said that the format of Putin's participation at the G20 summit has not yet been determined. On the sidelines of the WEF, he will hold a meeting of the Presidium of the State Council for Tourism.
11:10 The head of the State Administration of the Zaporozhye region said that the IAEA mission would not receive special passes for the liberated part of the region. This means that they will have to stand in line.
10:50 The Luxembourg Foreign Minister claims that new sanctions against Russia cannot be imposed forever. They are sure that someday it is necessary to switch to diplomacy, but its time has not yet come.
10:39 Ukrainian kamikaze drone was shot down by the Russian military near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant . According to RIA Novosti, this is supposedly a Polish-made Warmate drone.
10:20 Russian actress Kristina Asmus has been charged with discrediting the Russian army. She is currently facing a $50,000 fine. Details not disclosed.
10:16 Borrell said EU countries should reach an agreement on a possible ban on Russian tourist visas in Prague on August 31.
9:56 A member of the State Administration of the Zaporozhye region, Rogov, said that the local authorities are ready to ensure the safety of the IAEA mission at the ZNPP, despite increased shelling from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, the issue of demilitarization of the zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is not within the competence of the IAEA mission.
9:40 Maria Zakharova said that Russia does not aim to split Europe. On Sputnik radio, she noted that “if we are aimed at anything, it is to return common sense to international relations.”
9:28 Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit the administration of Energodar with a kamikaze drone, RIA Novosti reports. As the authorities of the city noted, in total, before the visit of the IAEA mission, the city was subjected to more than 60 strikes in a day.
9:16 US scientists monitor radiation indicators from sensors at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in Energodar. So far, they have not recorded “elevated or abnormal levels of radiation”, as reported by the newspaper Politico, citing an unnamed representative of the US Department of Defense.
9:10 Gas supply via Nord Stream terminated, according to Gazprom. As early as Wednesday, planned work on the gas pumping unit begins.
The official representative of the UN Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that the second ship, chartered by the World Food Program, left the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny, which will deliver wheat for the WFP humanitarian operation in Yemen.
As the head of the new administration of the Balitsky region said, the program of the IAEA mission to the nuclear power plant in Energodar is designed for one day. "They have to see the operation of the station in one day. Those elements that they say can be seen in the process. So far, it has been announced – “to get acquainted with the work of the station,” he said.
On August 31, the Foreign Ministers of the EU countries will touch upon visa restrictions for Russia. It was reported that the European Union is considering the idea of excluding Russian citizens under the age of 25 from any visa restrictions. And the head of the French Foreign Ministry, Catherine Colonna, noted that on the issue of visas, it is necessary to separate those involved in the conflict in Ukraine from ordinary citizens.
Dmitry Peskov has already called the possible introduction of a ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians crazy. According to him, Russia in this case will give an answer that will “best suit its interests.” And Dmitry Medvedev called for a faster ban on Schengen for Russians. “Finally, everyone will finally be convinced of how Europe treats the citizens of Russia,” he pointed out.