News And Information From Ukraine
Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by Forbes Ukraine’s editorial team.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes Ukraine’s reporters gather information and provide updates on the situation.
Friday, July 8. Day 135.
Donetsk. According to Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, as a result of Russia’s shelling and bombing campaign on the Ukrainian-controlled cities and villages in the region, six civilians have died and 21 have sustained injuries. He says that as a result of a lack of access to basic necessities, such as food and water, civilians are dying in Russian-occupied Mariupol but Ukrainian authorities are unable to assess the number of casualties as they cannot enter the city.
Kharkiv. Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Synyehubov reports that four people have died and nine have been injured as a result of Russian strikes on the region.
U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized $400 million in further military aid to Ukraine. The package includes four more HIMARS systems, which the Ukrainian authorities have been consistently requesting, and 1,000 precision-guided artillery munitions, which U.S. officials claim can save the Ukrainian forces ammo due to their higher level of accuracy compared to that of regular shells.
Russia’s Ambassador to the U.K., Andrei Kelin, has claimed that Russian forces are unlikely to leave occupied territories of southern Ukraine, “…because we have already experienced that after withdrawal, provocations start and all the people are being shot and all that.” His statement conflicts with the official line often pushed by Russian officials, who claim that Russia’s “special military operation” only aims to protect the people of Ukraine’s Donbas, as well as to achieve the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine.
Speaking at an online conference, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov reported that, as a result of its mobilization efforts, Ukraine currently has over 1 million persons in uniform “defending its interests,” over 700 thousand of whom belong specifically to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked out of a meeting at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, slamming the West’s “frenzied criticism” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addressed the meeting virtually, accusing Russia of playing “hunger games” through its blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea port.
According to some Canadian officials, the Canadian government has decided to hand over a turbine which Russian state-owned energy corporation, Gazprom, has said was required to resume its supply of natural gas to Germany through the Nord Stream-1 pipeline. Ukrainian officials have fiercely criticized the move, slamming it as a show of hypocrisy on the side of Western countries, which have previously agreed not to supply Russia with spare parts necessary for its energy sector as part of their sanctions package.
The State Statistics Service of Ukraine has announced that annual inflation in Ukraine has accelerated to a new high of 21.5% in June. This statistic is another sign of the severe impact the war is having on the Ukrainian economy. The last time the inflation rate passed the 20% mark was in March of 2016.