Ukraine condemns Russian warning shots against a cargo ship in the Black Sea

Ukrainian diplomacy denounced on Monday the warning shots fired by Russia towards a cargo ship heading to the Ukrainian port of Izmail in the Black Sea. The Ukrainian army, on the other hand, claimed to have thwarted an attack of Russian drones and missiles in the Odessa region overnight. Follow the latest developments of the war in Ukraine hour by hour.


Two Russians “spreading propaganda material” from the Russian paramilitary group Wagner in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, have been detained, announced Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski.

“Both have been accused of espionage and arrested,” he said on the X platform (formerly Twitter), without providing further details.

The ABW, in cooperation with the Police, identified and arrested two Russians who were distributing propaganda materials of the Wagner Group in Krakow and Warsaw. Both have been charged with, among other things, espionage and have been placed under arrest.

Ukraine denounced on Monday the warning shots fired by Russia towards a cargo ship heading to the Ukrainian port of Izmail in the Black Sea.

“The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the provocative actions carried out by the Russian Federation on August 13 in the Black Sea against the Turkish cargo ship ‘Sukru Okan’, which was heading to the port of Izmail,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The Russian navy has grossly violated the United Nations Charter, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and other international law standards. These actions illustrate Russia’s deliberate policy of threatening freedom of navigation and the security of merchant shipping in the Black Sea.”

The Ukrainian army has retaken three square kilometers of territory near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, one of the key areas of the current counter-offensive by Kiev forces, announced Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar on television.

“In the Bakhmut sector, three square kilometers have been liberated last week. In total, 40 square kilometers have already been liberated on the southern flank of the Bakhmut sector,” said Maliar.

Chinese Defense Minister visits Russia and Belarus this week

Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu will be in Russia and Belarus from Monday to Saturday, announced his supervising ministry in a statement.

Li Shangfu is expected to attend the eleventh International Conference on Security in Moscow, said the ministry.

Ukrainian army claims to have thwarted Russian missile and drone attacks in the Odessa region

Kiev has thwarted Russian missile and drone attacks on the Odessa region (in southern Ukraine) on Sunday night, during which three people were injured, stated the Ukrainian army.

“The enemy attacked the Odessa region three times during the night, using two waves of attack drones, a total of 15 drones, and eight Kalibr missiles,” said the Ukrainian Operational Command for the southern region on Telegram, adding that all attacks were thwarted by air defense.

According to the Kiev army, a dormitory of a training institution and a store were damaged by debris resulting from the destruction of missiles “aimed at the center of Odessa”. “Three supermarket employees were injured” according to preliminary information and received medical assistance, stated the Command.

Daily highlights from August 13

Six people, including an infant, were killed in a Russian bombardment in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, announced the Kiev government.

In the Belgorod region, Russian air defense systems destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle launched by Ukraine.


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