15.08.2022, Ukraine, Nikopol: Ein Mann reinigt eine nach russischem Beschuss zerstörte Wohnung. Foto: Kostiantyn Liberov/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Ukrainian energy supplier Energoatom describes the impact of a rocket in a residential area near a nuclear power plant as “another act of Russian nuclear terrorism”. Nine people were injured in the attack in the city of Voznesensk in the Mykolayiv region, says Governor Vitaly Kim. Several houses were damaged. About 30 kilometers away is the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, the second largest in Ukraine after the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. (Reuters)

Russia has accused Ukraine of poisoning several Russian soldiers in the Russian-held Zaporizhia region. On July 31, several soldiers with symptoms of poisoning were taken to a military hospital, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. The poison botulinum toxin type B was found in them. The ministry speaks of “chemical terrorism” in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, on the other hand, names spoiled canned meat, in which this poison often occurs, as a possible cause of poisoning. According to a ministry adviser, Russian troops have received numerous complaints about past-date canned meat. (Reuters)

According to information from Kyiv, Russia has also fired on civilians and non-military infrastructure in new rocket and artillery attacks in Ukraine. In the Donetsk region, 7 civilians were killed and another 13 injured within 24 hours, the General Staff in Kyiv said on Saturday. “The area has no gas, partly no water and no electricity. The evacuation of the population is continuing.” In many places, the Russian attacks were successfully repelled, it said. The Ukrainian air force also attacked enemy positions. The information could not initially be verified by an independent party. (dpa)

During a visit to Istanbul, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the work involved in opening the secure corridor for grain from Ukraine attacked by Russia. “What an impressive and inspiring operation,” Guterres said during a speech at the control center set up specifically for the grain deal on Friday.

But exporting Ukrainian grain is only part of the solution. According to Guterres, Russian food and fertilizers must also be given unhindered access to global markets. “Without fertilizer in 2022, there may not be enough food in 2023.” (dpa)

I think of our people who need fortitude to face the times ahead, to withstand uncertainty, sometimes comfort and adversity, and to collectively accept paying the price for our freedom and values.

Russia only needs these pipelines to create problems in Europe, not to help with gas.