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Russia apparently buys ammunition from North Korea
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Due to western sanctions, Russia has to get the ammunition for the war against Ukraine elsewhere. The Russian state-owned company Gazprom is using flimsy arguments to shift responsibility for Nord Stream 1 to Siemens Energy. More in the live ticker.
RAccording to US sources, Russia wants to stock up on weapons from North Korea on a large scale for its war against Ukraine. The Defense Ministry in Moscow is about to buy millions of rockets and grenades from the internationally isolated country, a US official said, citing findings from American intelligence agencies. The level of secrecy of the information had only recently been lowered. That Moscow is now turning to Pyongyang indicates that the Russian military is struggling with ongoing and severe supply shortages, in part due to export controls and sanctions imposed on Russia.
US intelligence officials assume that Moscow could buy additional military equipment from Pyongyang in the future, it said. The New York Times first reported on the new findings.
North Korea has long sought closer ties with Russia and has blamed the US for the current crisis. According to Pyongyang, the Russian action in Ukraine is self-defense and justified by a Western “hegemonic policy”. Most recently, the communist leadership indicated that it would send workers to pro-Russian separatist regions for reconstruction projects.
Separatists have controlled parts of Luhansk and Donetsk since 2014. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin recognized the territories as independent shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Since then, only the Moscow-backed government of Syria and, most recently, North Korea have done so. In response, the government in Kyiv severed diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.
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8:53 a.m. – FDP continues to push for extension of the service life for nuclear power plants
FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Dürr has reiterated his party’s demand to leave all three German nuclear power plants still in operation online. This is “certainly correct” so that “more volume comes onto the market,” said Dürr in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. “More quantity means lower prices”. The costs, especially for electricity, are “explosive,” Dürr said. No company or private household can afford these high electricity prices.
07:40 – More people are leaving Russia
According to the Russian statistical authority, 419,000 people left Russia in the first half of the year. That is more than twice as many as in the same period last year, as reported by the RBC news agency. This is the first time in recent Russian history that more people have emigrated than immigrated (322,000 people).
5:43 a.m .: Gazprom transfers responsibility for Nord Stream 1 to Siemens Energy
The Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 1 will only resume deliveries to Germany after Siemens Energy has repaired the faulty plant, according to Gazprom’s deputy chairman of the board. “You should ask Siemens, they have to repair the system first,” said the deputy head of the Russian state-owned company, Vitaly Markelov, when asked on the fringes of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok when the pipeline would be able to pump gas again.
5:08 a.m.: Report on the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
After another emergency shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which was occupied by Russian forces, the situation there remains extremely tense. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Moscow that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was “just one step away from a nuclear catastrophe” for the second time because of Russian provocations. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to report on Tuesday on the results of its fact-finding mission to Zaporizhia.
Tuesday marks the 195th day of Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion. One of Ukraine’s most vocal supporters, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will hand over office to Liz Truss – the new leader of the Conservative Party.