What has happened in the last hours
On the 173rd day of the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine, these are the key data at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15:
Russia and Ukraine again accuse each other of attacks around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Russia and Ukraine have again accused each other this Monday of attacks in the area of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, next to the Dnieper River in the town of Energodar, controlled by the Russians. The Russian occupation authorities in Energodar have stated that for two hours the districts closest to the plant have received at least 25 heavy artillery hits. The mayor of Nikopol, across the river and in a region controlled by Ukraine, has blamed Moscow for the attack.
Putin offers his “most modern” weapons to countries that ally with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday offered his allies in Latin America, Asia and Africa weapons. “Russia is ready to offer its allies and partners the most modern weaponry, from firearms to armor, artillery, military aviation and assault drones,” Putin said at the opening of the Armia-2022 military forum outside Moscow.
Russia bombs several towns in Mikolaiv, in the south. The governor of the province of Mikolaiv, in southern Ukraine, has reported a multitude of Russian bombardments in the region in recent hours, in which residential and civilian buildings have been damaged, although he has not reported the number of victims. In the city of Mikolaiv, an early-morning attack hit an “educational institution and a hotel” on the outskirts, causing no casualties.
Gas prices for consumers rise in Germany due to Russian cuts. The gas market area coordinator in Germany announced this Monday that as of October 1 the price of gas for industry and homes will increase by 2,419 kilowatt hours. This amount corresponds to the supplement that the German Government has authorized to charge companies in the sector to transfer to final customers part of the extraordinary costs that they must assume due to the reduction in the supply of gas from Russia. According to the German media, this increase will mean additional costs of 480 euros per year for a family of four, 570 euros if a VAT of 19% is applied to the supplement, something that has yet to be determined.
Donetsk occupation authorities formally accuse five foreigners of being “mercenaries”. A court of the pro-Russian authorities in the Ukrainian province of Donetsk on Monday formally accused five people, captured during the fighting in the region, of being “mercenaries” in the service of Ukraine. In three of the cases, the penalty can be death. According to the Russian agency TASS, a Briton, a Croat and a Swede, captured in the port city of Mariupol, can be executed according to the law of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Two other Britons are also accused but have been asked for lighter sentences. All five have pleaded not guilty. The trial can start in October.
Scholz rejects the idea of banning the entry of Russian tourists: “There are a lot of people fleeing”. The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has admitted this Monday the possibility of a debate within the EU on prohibiting the entry of Russian tourists into the Union, but has rejected the idea. “For us, the important thing is that it is understood that there are a lot of people fleeing Russia because they are against the Russian regime,” he said at a meeting with the leaders of northern European countries in Oslo, the Norwegian capital. . Several European countries, including Finland, present at the meeting, have called for a ban on Russian tourists from entering the EU to ensure they also pay a price for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In Alexander Ermochenko’s file photo for Reuters, a pro-Russian militiaman guards the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.