News and information from Ukraine

Shipments from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine editorial team.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and war rages on, reliable sources of information are essential. Forbes Ukraine journalists collect information and provide updates on the situation.

Friday August 12. Day 170. By Dmytro Aksyonov

Kramatorsk. Two civilians were killed and 13 injured in a Russian artillery attack about the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, according to local authorities. It is reported that the shelling caused a fire in one of the city’s residential areas, rendering more than 20 residential buildings uninhabitable. Despite the Ukrainian government’s decision to introduce a mandatory evacuation policy from the Donetsk region, reports of civilian deaths continue to be reported there.

Kharkiv. Russian shelling of the front town of Baranivka in the Kharkiv region led to one civilian dead and three injured, according at the regional prosecutor’s office. Russian forces have stepped up their shelling and shelling campaign on frontline settlements in the region and some experts suggest they may be preparing to carry out an offensive on the city of Kharkiv.

Zaporizhzhya. Russian forces launched a rocket strike on the city of Zaporizhzhya, causing the death of a civilian and two others injured, reports Governor of Zaporizhzhya Oleksandr Starukh. Starukh added that the strike – which consisted of at least five long-range rockets – damaged civilian infrastructure in the city.

Russian troops have been training in the use of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Iran in recent weeks as part of a deal that would see Russia buy drones from its Middle Eastern allythe US State Department said Thursday. US officials said last month that Washington had information that Iran was preparing to supply Russia with up to several hundred drones, some of them capable of weapons. The officials added that in the event of such a transfer, the United States and its allies would apply sanctions to the two countries, which are already heavily sanctioned.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he spoke by telephone with Pope Francis and urged the Catholic leader to express his condemnation of Russian actions. While the Pope condemned Russian aggression after the country invaded Ukraine, he also suggested that Western countries may be partly responsible for the war and offered to work as a mediator between the two sides during negotiations.

chief economic adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Oleg Ustenko, Told Reuters friday that Ukrainian officials were in talks with the IMF for a new $5 billion loan which, he said, would help assure Ukraine’s other creditors that the war-torn country’s macroeconomic situation is under control. Ustenko’s statement comes after Ukraine negotiated a two-year freeze on its $20 billion foreign debt as the country struggles to adjust its economy to the realities of war and avoid a default. on its sovereign debt.

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