Russo-Ukrainian war: Russian forces are gathering in the south but do not know why, warns British intelligence services – live | world news


The war “is about to enter a new phase”, warn the British intelligence services

We have more from the UK MoD.

On what the Ukrainian troops are focusing on, he adds:

Ukrainian forces are focusing their targeting on bridges, ammunition depots and railroad connections with increasing frequency in southern regions of Ukraine.

Including the strategically important rail spur that connects Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea, almost certainly using a combination of blocking, damaging, degrading, denying, destroying, and disrupting effects in an attempt to affect Russia’s ability to resupply logistically.

The Ministry of Defense then adds that it believes the war is about to enter a “new phase”.

Russia’s war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting moving to a front line of some 350 km stretching southwest from near Zaporizhzhya to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River.

Key events

Russian forces massing in south, UK MoD says

As just mentioned, the British Ministry of Defense revealed that there is a significant build-up of Russian forces in southern Ukraine.

However, the Ministry of Defense said it was unclear whether these additional forces were intended for a new assault on Ukrainian territory or in anticipation of a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

He reported:

Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to move away from Ukraine’s Donbas region and head southwest.

Equipment was also reportedly moved from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupol and from mainland Russia via the Kerch Bridge to Crimea.

Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs), which include between 800 and 1,000 soldiers, have been deployed in Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson region.

On August 2, 2022, a new BTG was deployed to Crimea and BTGs are also being redeployed from the Eastern Forces Grouping. These will most likely be sent to the Kherson region in the next few days.

Summary

Hello, it is approaching 8:30am in London and 9:30am in Kyiv. Here is a summary of the latest developments in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • Russia is assembling troops in southern Ukraine, but the purpose of this reinforcement is not yet clear, British intelligence has warned. Defense Ministry says Russian forces could be preparing for a new assault or simply anticipating a counter-offensive from Ukraine
  • Ukraine has accused Russian forces of striking near a nuclear reactor at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia power plant in the southeast of the country. Energoatom, the state operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said in a statement: “Three strikes were recorded at the plant site, near one of the power blocks where the nuclear reactor is located.” The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of bombing the factory, saying a radiation leak was only avoided by luck.
  • A European Union plan to cut gas consumption and help Germany wean itself off dependence on Russia will come into effect early next weekthe bloc’s presidency said on Friday. Last week, EU member states agreed to cut their gas consumption by 15% during the winter, with exceptions for some countries and despite opposition from Hungary.
  • A leading Russian hypersonics expert has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state-controlled Tass news agency reported on Friday. Andrei Shiplyuk heads the hypersonic laboratory at the Novosibirsk Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, according to the institute’s website, and in recent years has coordinated research to support the development of hypersonic missile systems, Reuters reports.
  • Vladimir Putin met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks which were to focus on Russia’s war in Ukraine and which were rumored to include the Kremlin’s efforts to circumvent Western sanctions. The Russian President welcomed Erdoğan to Sochi, a Black Sea resort, thanking the Turkish President for his help in reaching an international agreement that resumed grain exports from Ukraine which had been interrupted by the Kremlin’s war machine – as well as Russian foodstuffs and fertilizers – to world markets. They agreed to strengthen cooperation in the transport, agriculture, finance and construction sectors, they said in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting.


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