As the Russo-Ukrainian War enters its 186th day, we take a look at the major developments.
Here are the highlights of Saturday, August 27.
- Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom said Russian troops had shelled the grounds of the Zaporizhzhia power plant again in the past 24 hours and the damage was being assessed.
- The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the compound three times in 24 hours. He said four shells hit the roof of a building storing “168 US Westinghouse nuclear fuel assemblies”.
- The Russian Defense Ministry said it destroyed a major ammunition depot in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region that contained US-made HIMARS rocket systems and M777 howitzer shells.
- The Russian Air Force shot down a MiG-29 aircraft in the eastern Donetsk region, the ministry said, and destroyed six missile and artillery weapons depots in Donetsk, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions.
- Reuters could not verify reports from the battlefield.
- Millions of tonnes of food from previous harvests in Ukraine still need to be evacuated to make room in silos for the next one, said Amir Abdulla, the UN coordinator for a UN-backed grain deal.
- On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the country had exported 1 million tonnes of agricultural products under the deal brokered by Turkey and the UN.
- Merchant seamen will be allowed to leave Ukraine if they receive approval from their local military administrative body, Ukraine’s prime minister has said, a move that could ease the process of shipping grain from the country’s ports.
- Germany could nationalize the energy sector abandoned by Russia’s Gazprom in April. The government has set up a holding company to carry out a possible nationalization of Gazprom Germania, Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.
- Dell Technologies, a key server supplier in Russia, said it ceased all Russian operations after it closed its offices in mid-August, the latest Western company to exit.
- Britain’s Ministry of Defense said it was donating six underwater drones to Ukraine to help clear its coastline of mines and make grain shipments safer.