- Kyiv says long-range weapons means “some people will be burning”
- Russia says seized 'key heights' near Kupiansk in east Ukraine
- Critics of counteroffensive should “shut up,” Foreign Minister says
- Defense Ministry releases video for “experts”
- Ukrainian forces advance near Bakhmut and in western Zaporizhzhia
- Russian attacks along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line are repelled
- Ukraine to receive Abrams tanks this month
- Russia intercepts either a Ukrainian missile or drone in Crimea
- See images of Russian jets destroyed by drones
- International media scrutinizes Ukrainian draft dodgers
- Pacifists protest with national anthem in Luhansk
Kyiv says long-range weapons means “some people will be burning”
In some very graphic remarks about Ukraine’s ever-developing long-range weapons capabilities, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, laid out the consequences of the new technologies.
During the “United News” telethon on Friday morning, he said: “The occupiers periodically feel [the results of Ukrainian long-range weapons]. Ukraine is not at war with ordinary Russian citizens.
“Today we can say that we have a result... Believe me, shortly, some people will be burning, and burning in the literal sense of the word.”
Russia says seized 'key heights' near Kupyansk in east Ukraine
Russia on Friday said it captured several strategic heights near Kupyansk, an eastern Ukrainian city around which Moscow's troops stepped up pressure in August.
"In the direction of Kupyansk, the units of the Western group of forces improved the tactical position by capturing enemy strongholds and key heights," the Russian defence ministry said, claiming that the Kyiv army sustained "significant" losses.
Russia's claims have not yet been verified.
Try to liberate Ukraine yourselves, Kuleba tells Western critics
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters on Thursday that Western officials who are complaining about the slow pace of the counteroffensive against Russia should simply “shut up” and come to Ukraine to try for themselves.
Reuters described the remarks as “the sharpest signal yet of Kyiv’s frustration at leaks from Western officials who say its forces are advancing too slowly.”
“Criticizing the slow pace of [the] counteroffensive equals... spitting into the face of [the] Ukrainian soldier who sacrifices his life every day, moving forward and liberating one kilometer of Ukrainian soil after another,” Kuleba told reporters.
“I would recommend all critics to shut up, come to Ukraine and try to liberate one square centimeter by themselves,” he said at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Spain.
Defense Ministry releases video for “experts”
In a similar vein to Kuleba’s comments above, Ukraine’s defense ministry has released a “gentle reminder” that no one knows more about fighting Russian forces than Ukrainians.
Everyone is now an expert on how we should fight. A gentle reminder that no one understands this war better than we do. pic.twitter.com/TIwssQjiFh— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) August 31, 2023
Operations – Luhansk region
Russian forces continued offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on Thursday, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported but said Russian troops did not make any confirmed advances.
The Ukrainian General Staff and Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar reported that Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Novoyehorivka (16 km southwest of Svatove) and Bilohorivka (13 km south of Kreminna).
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported via Facebook that the Russians, across Ukraine, launched a total of 3 missiles, 31 air strikes and rocket launch attacks, resulting in civilian deaths and casualties.
Operations – Donetsk region
Ukrainian forces successfully advanced southward from Bakhmut on Thursday, both the Ukrainian General Staff and Maliar reported. The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), countered that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Bohdanivka (6 km northwest of Bakhmut), Andriivka (10 km southwest of Bakhmut), and Mayorsk (17 km south of Bakhmut).
Ukraine to receive Abrams tanks this month
The first shipment of American Abrams tanks is scheduled to arrive in Ukraine September, according to exclusive reports from Politico citing sources within the US Department of Defense.
31 American tanks are promised to Ukraine, an initial ten are expected to make their way to Ukraine by mid-September.
The report further reveals that these tanks are currently located in Germany, undergoing final refurbishments to ensure their operational readiness.
Russia says it shot down Ukrainian missile in Crimea
The Russian MoD claimed on Thursday that its air defenses shot down a Ukrainian missile targeting Russian rear positions in occupied Crimea on Wednesday night. Russian milbloggers claimed instead that what Russian forces intercepted was a Ukrainian drone near Feodosia (98 km from Simferopol).
Footage published on Wednesday shows an explosion near a substation in the vicinity of Feodosia:
Images surface of Russian planes knocked out by Ukrainian drones
New images show the damage to Russian II-76 transport planes at the airbase in Pskov (Kresty Airbase), after a reported drone attack.
NEW radar imagery showing Russian airbase in Pskov (Kresty Airbase) on 30 August 18:27 UTC time, after a reported drone attack that damaged Russian Il-76 transport aircrafts. SAR image from @umbraspace pic.twitter.com/awsoIEWh8x— Benjamin Strick (@BenDoBrown) August 31, 2023
Kyiv Post has two pieces of exclusive analysis today:
Draft-dodging Ukrainians a growing concern
International media have been focusing on those Ukrainian men who have no interest in serving on the front lines against Russia or are no longer interested in doing so.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour filed a story this week contrasting interviews with beachgoers on the Odessa coast with footage of soldiers in a nearby military medical facility, convalescing from shrapnel injuries, etc.
On Thursday, AFP published interviews with men such as Ivan Ishchenko, who volunteered to fight against invading Russian troops, but after a month of combat he was willing to pay thousands of dollars and risk prison to flee the front.
“I saw someone being shot near his spleen; the pain was crazy. Then I saw a severed head. It all built up... I didn't want to see anything else,” Ischenko told AFP:
Ishchenko managed to leave the country despite a ban on the departure of all men aged between 18 and 60. He paid $5,000 for a government-plated car to escort him to a forest on the border with Hungary. He then escaped through a hole in the fence and ran.
Ukrainian pacifists protest in occupied territories
The AFP also reported that members of a Ukrainian resistance movement broadcast Kyiv’s anthem in Luhansk to celebrate Independence Day on August 24, and posted the shaky cellphone video, surreptitiously shot to avoid attention, on social media.
It was one of several initiatives carried out by members of the Yellow Ribbon Civil Resistance Movement, which was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize last year.
US charges man for scheme to sell weapons-ready tech to Russia
A Russian-German man arrested earlier this week in Cyprus was charged Thursday by US authorities with seeking to export American-made electronics to Russia for military use, Agence France Presse reported Thursday:
The US Department of Justice said Arthur Petrov, 33, violated export controls when he planned to sell American microelectronics to a Russian firm that provides “critical electronics components” to the Russian military, according to AFP:
Petrov used a cover company in Cyprus, telling US vendors that the electronics were to be used in Cyprus or other authorized countries for fire security systems, the Justice Department said.
The things he sought to buy were microcontrollers and integrated circuits that cannot be lawfully exported to Russia, and Petrov was aware of that, it said.
The intended recipient of the tech was a St. Petersburg company named Electrocom VPK, which supplies electronic components for Russian weapons makers.
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