Zelenskyi praised the Ukrainian Air Force
11.50 PM: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has highlighted the role of his country’s air force in the war against Russia. “Russia hoped to destroy our air force in the first hour of the great offensive. And of course it was a completely crazy goal for the enemy – like many other goals,” Zelensky said in a video message delivered in Kiev on Saturday. The pilots are first class and other countries are admired for their skills.
Report: Russia moves new 3rd Army Corps to front
11.30 PM: The independent Russian agency “Conflict Intelligence Team” has information that a newly formed 3rd Army Corps has moved forward into Ukraine. He relies on testimony from volunteers who observed the transport of heavy military goods on railway tracks. These include rocket launchers and tanks. According to the Russian timetable, military trains will travel from Nizhny Novgorod east of Moscow to the border area of Donetsk region. The transports are said to have started on August 22.
In early August, the British Ministry of Defense announced the formation of a new major unit in the Russian army in Nizhny Novgorod. According to this report, Moscow recruited soldiers from all over the country. Apparently now a marching order has been given. Already yesterday there were indications that heavy equipment had been moved to Crimea.
“Conflict Intelligence Team” is one of the largest independent information networks in Russia. It publishes investigative reports on Russia’s involvement in the war in Syria and attacks on Ukraine.
London will give six underwater drones to Ukraine
10:02 pm: Britain is supplying Ukraine with six underwater drones to neutralize Russian sea mines off its coast. The devices are “lightweight and autonomous” and designed for use in shallow water, the British Ministry of Defense said Saturday. The drones can detect, locate and detect mines so that the Ukrainian Navy can “neutralize” them.
According to the ministry, dozens of members of Ukraine’s navy will be trained in the use of underwater drones in the coming months. Training of the first Marines has already begun.
Kazakhstan announced a temporary ban on arms exports
5:55 PM: Russia’s ally Kazakhstan has announced a temporary freeze on all arms exports. The government has announced that Kazakhstan will not send any weapons abroad for a year without giving reasons for the move. He also did not comment on the volume of previous arms exports. The former Soviet republic bordering Russia produces numerous military products such as armored vehicles, weapons and ammunition. Kazakhstan also has economic ties to Ukraine and has so far avoided taking sides in the conflict.
Putin orders social benefits for Ukrainian refugees
4:13 pm: Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting monthly social benefits to people who fled to Russia to escape the war in Ukraine. Pensioners will receive 10,000 rubles (about 166 euros) per month and women 20,000 rubles for the birth of a child, according to documents released in Moscow on Saturday. It is said that refugees who have been forced to leave their homeland due to war have rights. On February 24, Putin ordered an attack on Ukraine.