BY THE MINUTE: Almost 80 sportsmen killed;  Zelensky wants to isolate Russians?

BY THE MINUTE: Almost 80 sportsmen killed; Zelensky wants to isolate Russians?

Russian forces to reinforce anti-aircraft defense at Zaporizhzhia plant

Sara Gouveia | 38 minutes ago

Pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine’s Zaporijia region, where Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is located, announced on Tuesday the reinforcement of the complex’s anti-aircraft defense to prevent it from being attacked.

“Air defense measures will be reinforced,” pro-Russian Zaporizhzhia (Zaporijia) leader Yevgheny Balitsky told Russian state television, quoted by Spanish news agency EFE.

Pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine’s Zaporijia region, where Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is located, announced on Tuesday the reinforcement of the complex’s anti-aircraft defense to prevent it from being attacked.

Lusa | 12:12 – 08/09/2022

More than 10.5 million people crossed the border in Ukraine

Sara Gouveia | 41 minutes ago

More than 10.6 million people have left Ukraine since Russian troops invaded the country on February 24, 2022. In total, there were 10,647,349.

According to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), updated this Tuesday, there are almost 4,442,051 million people returning to Ukrainian territory since February 28.

According to the same source, there are almost 6.5 million refugees across Europe.

Data are relative to the beginning of the war.

Teresa Banha | 11:57 – 08/09/2022

Nearly 80 sportsmen have died since the start of the Russian invasion

Sara Gouveia | 2 hours ago

A list with names such as swimmer Volodymyr Ulianytsky, water polo coach Vitaliy Lysun, gymnast Daria Kurdel or footballer Serhiy Balanchuk.

At least 77 Ukrainian professional sportsmen, of different modalities, died as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to a count made by a local sports NGO that includes victims registered until 11 July.

Local news agency Ukrinform cites the report by the NGO Sports Angels, which contains information about the deaths of these athletes in various circumstances since the beginning of the Russian invasion on 24 February. The Ukrainian agency also indicates that the NGO’s website will soon update this information to include other Ukrainian athletes who have died in recent weeks.

A list with names such as swimmer Volodymyr Ulianytsky, water polo coach Vitaliy Lysun, gymnast Daria Kurdel or footballer Serhiy Balanchuk.

News by the Minute | 10:14 – 08/09/2022

Zelensky wants to isolate Russians. “Hitler was the last to try,” says Medvedev

Sara Gouveia | 2 hours ago

The vice president of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, criticized, this Tuesday, the suggestion of the president of Ukraine to isolate the Russian population, an idea defended by Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Washington Post.

“Ukraine’s chief clown suggested holding the entire Russian population accountable. Adolf Hitler was the last who tried to apply this idea to a population. Is there any doubt about the nature of the Ukrainian regime?” wrote the predecessor of Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin. .

Ukraine’s president said in an interview with the Washington Post that “any kind of Russian” should be isolated. The idea was criticized by Putin’s predecessor.

News by the Minute | 10:02 – 08/09/2022

Russia has already launched an Iranian satellite suspected of being able to support war

Sara Gouveia | 2 hours ago

Russia today put an Iranian observation satellite into orbit, which Western military sources said could be used by the Kremlin to support the invasion of Ukraine, a charge Iran denies.

The launch of the Khayyam satellite, using a Soyuz rocket, was carried out at 10:52 am (06:52 am in Lisbon), as planned, from the Russian base of Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, according to the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. About nine minutes after launch, the Iranian satellite Khayyam was put into orbit.

Russia today put an Iranian observation satellite into orbit, which Western military sources said could be used by the Kremlin to support the invasion of Ukraine, a charge Iran denies.

Lusa | 09:59 – 08/09/2022

Russian detainees preparing alleged attack on defense minister

Sara Gouveia | 4 hours ago

Ukraine’s secret services today announced the arrest of alleged Russian spies on suspicion of preparing an attack against Defense Minister Oleksij Resnikov and the head of the military secret, Kyrilo Budanov.

“Assassins of Russian special units who were planning attacks were arrested,” Ukrainian secret service SBU said on the Telegram platform.

The SBU also released a video that it said was of the detention of two men, dressed in civilian clothes.

Ukraine’s secret services today announced the arrest of alleged Russian spies on suspicion of preparing an attack against Defense Minister Oleksij Resnikov and the head of the military secret, Kyrilo Budanov.

Lusa | 08:01 – 08/09/2022

West should close borders to Russian citizens, says Zelensky

Sara Gouveia | 4 hours ago

The Ukrainian president said on Monday that Western nations should ban Russian citizens from entering their countries. In an interview with the Washington Post, Zelensky said that the most important sanctions against Russia would be the closing of borders, “because the Russians are taking someone else’s land”, adding that the Russians should “live in their own world until change your philosophy.”

Ukraine claims advances in Izium. “Donetsk is holding up”

Sara Gouveia | 4 hours ago

Ukraine claimed this Tuesday that it is advancing and reclaiming territory in Donbass, specifically in the territory of the breakaway republic of Donetsk, where the Russians continue to bomb the city of the same name and try to take over the region.

In a YouTube video quoted by Reuters, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said “the situation in the region is tense”, with “constant bombings along the front line” and intense Russian air strikes.

However, guarantees Arestovych, “the enemy is not having any success”. “The Donetsk region is holding up,” he said.

Russia has not yet managed to seize the entire Donbass region, and Ukraine is managing to retaliate with the help of military packages offered by the West.

News by the Minute | 07:52 – 08/09/2022

Four ships inspected this Tuesday. Two more set sail from Ukraine

Sara Gouveia | 4 hours ago

Turkey’s Defense Minister announced on Tuesday that two more ships had left Ukraine from the port of Chornomorsk. According to a statement issued by the Turkish government, the vessel Ocean Lion, which carries around 65,000 tonnes of maize, is bound for South Korea, while the Rahmi Yagci takes around 5,000 tonnes to Turkey.

Also according to the same statement, quoted by Reuters, four of the six ships that had the ‘green light’ to leave Ukrainian territory for inspection are already anchored in Turkish ports, and will be inspected this Tuesday. It is recalled that on Sunday four ships set sail from Ukraine, and another two yesterday.

One of the new ships is bound for Istanbul, while the other is bound for South Korea.

Teresa Banha | 07:50 – 08/09/2022

US seizes Russian oligarch’s plane valued at $90 million

Sara Gouveia | 40 minutes ago

The US Department of Justice ordered the seizure of an Airbus-branded plane, valued at more than $90 million, owned by Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch, the southern New York federal prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

Skoch is a member of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, and the order was issued for alleged money laundering. A federal judge issued the order after finding probable cause to violate federal anti-money laundering laws, according to the prosecutor’s statement.

The US Department of Justice ordered the seizure of an Airbus-branded plane, valued at more than $90 million, owned by Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch, the southern New York federal prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

Lusa | 06:29 – 08/09/2022

Russia launches Iranian satellite targeted by war-related accusations

Sara Gouveia | 38 minutes ago

Russia will launch an Iranian observation satellite into orbit today, which Western military sources said could be used by the Kremlin to support the invasion of Ukraine, a charge Iran denies.

The launch of the Khayyam satellite, using a Soyuz rocket, is scheduled from Russia’s Baikonur base in Kazakhstan at 10:52 (06:52 in Lisbon), according to the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The satellite, named after the Persian poet and scholar Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), aims to “monitor the country’s borders”, improve agricultural productivity, control water resources and natural disasters, according to the Iranian space agency.

Russia will launch an Iranian observation satellite into orbit today, which Western military sources said could be used by the Kremlin to support the invasion of Ukraine, a charge Iran denies.

Lusa | 06:11 – 08/09/2022

To remember

Sara Gouveia | 40 minutes ago

  • SEF has already granted 49,405 temporary protections to Ukrainian refugees. The Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) reported today that since the conflict in Ukraine last February, it has granted 49,405 temporary protections to Ukrainians or foreigners residing in the country, including 13,409 to minors.
  • More than 170 cultural heritage sites affected by the war. More than 170 Ukrainian cultural heritage monuments and sites have been affected by the war since the February 24 Russian invasion, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced in the August survey.
  • Kyiv accuses Amnesty International of using testimonies obtained under duress. Ukrainian authorities said today that Amnesty International (AI) used testimonies obtained “under pressure” in Russian-controlled territories to prepare a report in which it accused the Ukrainian army of putting civilians at risk.
  • US announces biggest arms package for Kyiv valued at 982 million. The United States today announced a US$1 billion (€982 million) weapons supply package to Ukraine, the largest to date, including rocket launchers, ammunition and other weaponry from Defense Department reserves.

Good Morning!

Sara Gouveia | 5 hours ago

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News by the Minute | 07:51 – 08/08/2022

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