August 26, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (2023)

1 hour and 17 minutes ago

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1 hour and 27 minutes ago

A well-known Ukrainian pilot among three killed in a plane crash in the western region

De Olga Voitovych da CNN

August 26, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (1)

Three Ukrainian pilots, including one known by the call sign "Sok", were killed in a plane crash in the western region of Zhytomyr, the Ukrainian Air Force said on Saturday.

According to military officials, the pilots were killed on Friday when two L-39 combat trainers collided in the sky near the town of Zhytomyr, west of Kiev. The Air Force said the pilots were on a combat mission.

The military detachment offered its condolences to the families of the dead, stating that "this is a painful and irreparable loss for all of us".

last year"Juice," he told CNN's Anderson Cooperwho earned the nickname during a trip to the United States. He said that friends came up with the nickname because he doesn't drink alcohol and always asked for juice.

"Juice" was a MiG-29 pilot and insisted that Western Allies supply Ukraine with US fighter jets. As part of the unit known as the "Spirit of Kiev", he

defended the skies over the capital and the central and northern regions of Ukraine in the early hours after Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.

Ongoing investigation:The Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating the circumstances of the accident. In a statement on Saturday, the agency said that special attention will be given to the technical condition of the aircraft and compliance with the rules for preparing for the flight. Specialists will also carry out a complete diagnosis of black boxes, the SBI said.

“The loss of every soldier is a huge loss for the entire country,” the SBI said.
1 hour and 55 minutes ago

The map shows the main areas of the last week of fighting in Ukraine

From CNN employees

Battleground updates over the last few days have often focused on a key southern regionZaporizhzhya, where Ukraine has long sought to cut the land route between the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula and the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

Now there are more and more signs that the Ukrainian forces havebroke through Russian defensesalong part of the southern front beyond Zaporozhye. It seems that the troops are extending the distance towards the strategic city of Tokmak.

Here's what's happening in some of the other key areas shown on the map below:

  • Robotics:Ukraine claimed "partial success" around a village east of Zaporizhia where troops fought fierce fighting. On Friday, videos and photos appeared on social media.Ukrainian troops entered the village. According to the Kiev forces, there are almost no buildings left there.
  • Belgorod:The western border region is the target of a growing number of attacksattacks on Russian soil. Only on Saturday bombinginjured six civiliansAccording to the governor of Belgorod, there was a drone attack in this place, which resulted in the death of one man, and the air defense of the region shot down another.
  • Carcóvia:Russian bombing in this region of northeast Ukrainekilled two peopleand injured another, the regional military administration said on Friday.

August 26, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (2)

2 hours and 39 minutes ago

The governor says a man was killed by shrapnel in the Belgorod region of Russia

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According to regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, the man was killed on Saturday after Ukraine dropped an explosive from a drone in Russia's western Belgorod region.

Gladkov said the attack took place "while the man was mowing the grass in his garden".

"Shrapnel wounds received in the explosion resulted in his death," the governor wrote in a Telegram post on Saturday.

Ukraine has yet to comment on these allegations and often refuses to directly acknowledge attacks on Russian soil.

Earlier on Saturday, Gladkov said there were six civilianshe was hurtfor the Ukrainian bombings in Belgorod, which borders Ukraine, and that the region's air defense shot down another attack drone.

8 hours and 32 minutes ago

WSJ journalist to appeal Moscow court's decision to extend pre-trial detention, says Russian state media

From CNN's Daria Tarasova and Niamh Kennedy

August 26, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (3)

On Thursday, Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich will appeal the Moscow court's decision.for the extension of pre-trial detentionin three months, Russian state media TASS reported on Saturday.

Gerszkowicz's lawyers have appealed the decision to extend his pre-trial detention until November 30, TASS reported, citing the Moscow court in Lefortovo.

Gerszkowicz faces up to 20 years in prison on spying charges, which he, his employer and the US government vehemently deny. The journalist's arrest further exacerbated tensions between Washington and Moscow during Russia's war in Ukraine.

7 hours and 43 minutes ago

It's late afternoon in Kiev. Here are the latest news about Russia's war in Ukraine

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August 26, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (4)

As Ukraine mounts a fierce counter-offensive against Russia, people were injured in bombings in both countries on Saturday.

Kiev troops say yesthere is gradual progressalong a key section of the southern front in the Zaporizhia region, but they do so under heavy fire andcontinuous attacks.

Russia hasshot in the fieldAccording to the head of the regional military administration in Zaporizhia, there were 85 attacks in the last day, targeting around twenty different communities. As a result of the bombing, one person was injured and another was injured.

Russian in the rest of the countrybombing in the northeast region of Kharkivas a result, two people died and one was injured, the regional military administration said on Friday. The attacks took place on the front line, where the authorities were staying.helping civilians evacuate.

The bombing injured Russian civilians:Meanwhile, there were six civilians in Russiainjured by Ukrainian bombingAccording to the governor, in the border region of Belgorod this morning. Vyacheslav Gladkov. He added that the victims suffered shrapnel injuries.

Frustrated Drone Attacks:Russia claims to have thwarted two more drone strikes: one over the Belgorod region and another in theMoscow region.Aseries of drone attacksthey covered Russian cities all summer.

Mystery surrounds the Prigozhin disaster:shipwreckEvgeny PrigozhinThe Embraer private jet was evacuated from the crash site and the flight recorders were recovered, but the metaphorical smoke in Moscow has yet to clear after the alleged death of Wagner's mercenary boss. It's unclear what caused the plane to crash, but CNN's analysis suggests it was.explosion on boardhe was probably responsible.

Uncertain future:If Prigozhin is really gone, how will this happen?Changing scenery in Russiaafter the departure of the man who posed the most serious challenge to Putin's rule in over two decades? ANDThe Wagner Group will continue to operatein the absence of their leader?

The president of Belarus claims to have warned the Wagner leader:The announcement was made by the President of Belarus, Alexander LukashenkowarnedWagner's boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was twice wary of threats to his life. Prigozhin led a failed uprising against the Kremlin, and US intelligence officials said this week he was likely to become a target.

9 hours and 43 minutes ago

Ukraine detains more military recruiters amid ongoing corruption purge

De Olga Voitovych e Radina Gigova da CNN

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained four more employees of military recruitment offices as part of an ongoing with corruptionthe agency said in a statement on Saturday.

they are detainedofficials of military recruiting offices and heads of military medical councils "who "assisted" people who avoided conscription and fled abroad, the SBU said.

“In exchange for money, officials offered recruits to avoid mobilization on the basis of fictitious documents confirming their health inability to serve in the military,” reports the SBU.

The cost of such "services" amounted to $10,000 per person, the SBU said, adding that "the amount depended on the time frame for "problem resolution" and the financial capacity of the "clients".

Em Kiev:The head of the regional military recruitment office and the head of one of the capital's military medical commissions were arrested "for selling false medical certificates confirming serious diagnoses", the SBU reported.

“The scammers used the acquired false documents to avoid recruitment and further travel outside Ukraine,” he added.

No Oblast of Carcóvia:The head of the district military recruitment office in northeastern Kharkiv has been detained after illegally obtaining around US$300,000 from potential recruits. He also involved three local hospital employees in illegal activities, according to the SBU.

“In exchange for bribes, they “declared” that the recruits had “health problems”, which became the formal basis for deregistering.

I Odessa:SBU cyber specialists also dismantled a corruption scheme in Odessa involving the secretary of the local military medical commission.

“Together with a Kiev lawyer and two accomplices, they organized a large-scale sale of false documents declaring unfitness for military service,” the SBU reported.

According to the agency, the suspects searched for their clients throughout Ukraine and then registered them with the military recruitment service in Odessa "in order to "withdraw" them from military service, the agency reports.

“At this moment, the secretary of this military medical commission and her accomplices were arrested in flagrante delicto. They have already been notified of the suspicion and the issue of choosing the preventive measure is being resolved.

Ongoing polls:According to the SBU, the investigation of all cases is still ongoing. The action was carried out jointly with the National Police under the supervision of the Public Ministry.

According to the agency, perpetrators face up to 10 years in prison and confiscation of property.

To remember:In early August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesfired all employeesresponsible for regional military recruitment centers in the face of a widespread corruption scandal. On August 11, it announced that 112 criminal cases were pending against employees of military registration and recruitment offices.

At the beginning of the year, Zelensky also madesacked several senior officialsfor his involvement in the war supplies scandal.

The investigations are part of a major government overhaul to root out corruption. Fighting corruption is a fundamental condition for Ukraine's application for membership of the European Union.

9 hours and 20 minutes ago

Analysis: After Prigozhin, who will stick their head above the windowsill in Putin's Russia?

Analysis by CNN's Nathan Hodge

August 26, 2023 Russia-Ukraine News (5)

shipwreckEvgeny PrigozhinThe Embraer private jet was removed from the crash site and the flight recorders were found, but the metaphorical smoke in Moscow has yet to be cleared due to the alleged death.Vagnermercenary boss.

We still don't know what caused Prigozhin's Embraer Legacy 600 to crash -expert analysisindicates the possibility of an explosion - and we may never know. To use an imprecise term, the biggest black box of this plane crash is the opaque state apparatus of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This, in turn, leads to a far more important question: how will the Russian landscape change after the departure of the man who posed the most serious challenge to Putin's rule in over two decades?

Putin offered his own warm position, referring indirectly to Prigozhin's contribution to the war with Ukraine.

“I have known Prigozhin for a long time, since the early 90s.” Putin said on Thursday. “He was a man of difficult destiny, he made serious mistakes in life and achieved results both for himself and when I asked him about it – for a common cause, as in these last few months. He was a talented man, a talented businessman."

However, the real message sent by Putin after a day of waiting after the disaster seemed to be aimed at the Russian elite: mistakes can be fatal.

Read the full story:


Who, after Prigozhin, will put his head above the windowsill in Putin's Russia? | CNN

9 hours and 38 minutes ago

Official information: 2 people were killed in a Russian attack in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine

De Olga Voitovych da CNN

According to Oleh Synehubov, head of the military administration of the Kharkiv region, at least two people were killed and one injured by Russian shelling in eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine.

Synehubov said the attacks took place on the front lines.Kupanskdistrict, an area that suffered significant shelling and Ukraine's first major evacuation in months. In recent weeks, Russia has been attacking near Kupyansk.

According to preliminary information, both people died in the village of Podoly, Synehubow said in a Telegram post on Friday.

The attacks took place at a cafe where residents were staying, he added, adding that law enforcement and emergency services were at the scene.


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