Ukraine-Russia live news: Putin announces new naval doctrine

31 Jul 2022


Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the decrees approving the Naval Doctrine and the Ship Charter of the Russian Navy in the St. Petersburg State History Museum at the Peter and Paul Fortress before the main naval parade marking Russian Navy Day
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the decrees approving the Naval Doctrine and the Ship Charter of the Russian Navy in the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg before the main parade marking Russian Navy Day in St Petersburg, Russia [Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP]
  • President Vladimir Putin has signed a new naval doctrine that cast the US as the main rival and set out Russia’s global maritime ambitions for crucial areas such as the Arctic and in the Black Sea.
  • Authorities in Mykolaiv say that widespread Russian bombardments overnight had killed at least one person as Moscow continued to pummel the sprawling front line.

an hour ago (17:08 GMT)

Grain ships could leave from Ukraine on Monday

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren, reporting from the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa, said that there is a “very high likelihood” that grain ships will be allowed to leave Ukraine to reach Istanbul, Turkey.

“The Turkish presidential spokesperson said those ships have a very high likelihood to leave tomorrow,” said Hendren, adding that a captain he had spoken to said he had been told to prepare to follow a pilot ship on Monday to go to Istanbul through the newly created safe channels.

The long-awaited departure of tonnes of grain would take place more than a week after Russia and Ukraine agreed to allow vessels to leave from three Ukrainian ports in a move that would alleviate grain shortages across the world.

The Ukrainian navy is expected to guide the ships out of the Black Sea coast due to the presence of mines. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN will operate a joint coordination centre where ships will be tracked and inspected as they enter the Bosphorus strait. 2h ago (16:39 GMT)

‘Unconscionable’: US diplomat condemns Olenivka attack

United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink has condemned the attack on Olenivka detention facility calling it “unconscionable”.

“As are reports of barbaric treatment of Ukrainian POWs [prisoners of war] by Russia’s forces,” Brink said on Twitter.

“We will continue to pursue accountability and give Ukraine what it needs to defend itself against Moscow’s horrific aggression,” she added.

Her comment comes after a jail holding Ukrainian POWs in a separatist-held area of the eastern Donetsk region was attacked on Thursday, killing at least 50 people. Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for the attack. 3h ago (15:44 GMT)

Russian navy will struggle to compete with US and NATO fleets: Expert

Although Vladimir Putin announced a new naval doctrine set to boost Russia’s maritime presence, the Russian navy will struggle to compete with the US and NATO fleets, an analyst has told Al Jazeera.

“The Russian navy, surface navy at least, is outnumbered four to one by NATO European members alone and by far more by the American navy – so in terms of numbers, there is no context,” Anatol Lieven, senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the the Quincy Institute of Responsible Statecraft, said.

“Where Russia is equal to the US is in nuclear weapons, which is why President Putin repeatedly emphasises Russia’s missile technology because this is the one area in which Russia is still a superpower,” he added.

“The Russian navy has always been considered to have had a relatively high morale and good commanders but it cannot realistically fight NATO … The only area where the navy is actually in action is in the Black Sea and Russia cannot reinforce the navy in the Black Sea,” Lieven said. 4h ago (14:18 GMT)

Russian forces fire up to 50 shells in southern city of Nikopol

Russian forces have fired up to 50 shells in residential areas of Nikopol, a city in southern Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentyn Reznichenko has said on its Telegram channel.

One person was wounded in the attack, Reznichenko said. One house was completely destroyed, he said, adding that a school, kindergarten and several city institutions were also damaged.

Two other districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region were “set on fire” amid Russian shelling, read the post.

A local resident removes debris of a house damaged by a Russian military strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region,
A local resident removes debris from a house damaged by a Russian military strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region [File: Dmytro Smolienko/Reuters]

4h ago (13:56 GMT)

ICRC still waiting for access to Olenivka prison camp

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is still waiting to access prisoners of war (POWs) who were injured in an attack on a prison camp in Olenivka, in the separatist-held region of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

“To be clear, our request to access the POWs from Olenivka yesterday has not been granted,” the ICRC delegation in Ukraine said on Twitter.

“Granting ICRC access to POWs is an obligation of parties to conflict under the Geneva Conventions.”

But the Russian Defence Ministry has said that Moscow has invited the ICRC to visit.

The ICRC, which is strictly neutral, is authorised to visit prisoners of war under international law. However, formally, delegates first need the consent of the party holding the POWs before they can visit. Advertisement

7h ago (11:38 GMT)

Zelenskyy calls death of Nibulon owner ‘a great loss’

Zelenskyy has called the death of Oleksiy Vadatursky, the founder and owner of agriculture company Nibulon, “a great loss for all of Ukraine”.

He said in a statement the businessman had been in the process of building a modern grain market involving a network of transhipment terminals and elevators.

7h ago (11:04 GMT)

Putin says United States is main threat to Russia

President Vladimir Putin has signed a new naval doctrine which cast the US as the main rival and set out Russia’s global maritime ambitions for crucial areas such as the Arctic and in the Black Sea.

Speaking on Navy Day in St Petersburg, founded by Tsar Peter the Great, Putin praised Peter for making Russia a great sea power and increasing the global standing of the Russian state.

After inspecting the navy, Putin made a short speech in which he promised what he touted as Russia’s unique Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles, cautioning that Russia had the military clout to defeat any potential aggressors.

The new 55-page naval doctrine sets out the broad strategic aims of the navy, including its ambitions as a “great maritime power” which extend over the entire world.

An image of Russian President Vladimir Putin is displayed as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about gas prices.
Putin in the backdrop as US President Joe Biden speaks about gas prices at the White House [File: AFP]

7h ago (10:55 GMT)

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 158

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 158th day, we take a look at the main developments.

Read more here.

A Ukrainian soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle as it drives to the front line on the outskirts of Bakhmut, Ukraine
A Ukrainian soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle as it drives to the front line on the outskirts of Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine [File: Bulent Kilic/AFP]

Owner of top Ukraine agriculture firm Nibulon killed in Russian strike

The founder and owner of one of the largest Ukrainian agriculture companies, Nibulon, Oleksiy Vadatursky, and his wife were killed in a Russian attack on the Mykolaiv region, Governor Vitaliy Kim has said.

The governor said on Telegram that the couple were killed in their home in Mykolaiv city, which was shelled overnight and on Sunday morning.

Nibulon, with its headquarters in Mykolaiv, specialises in the production and export of wheat, barley and corn, and it has its own fleet and shipyard. 9h ago (09:28 GMT)

Southern Ukrainian city hit by ‘strongest’ Russian strikes

Authorities in Ukraine’s southern city of Mykolaiv say widespread Russian bombardments overnight killed at least one person as Moscow continues to pummel the sprawling front line.

“Mykolaiv was subjected to mass shelling today. Probably the strongest so far,” Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych wrote on Telegram.

“Powerful explosions were heard after one in the morning and around five in the morning.”

The governor of the region – where Ukrainian forces are looking to launch a major counteroffensive – said according to preliminary information one person had been killed and two wounded in the attack.


9h ago (09:13 GMT)

First grain-carrying ship could leave Ukraine on Aug 1: Turkey

The possibility of the first grain-exporting ship leaving Ukraine’s ports on Monday is high, a spokesperson for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

In an interview with broadcaster Kanal 7, Ibrahim Kalin said the joint coordination centre in Istanbul would probably complete the final work on the exporting routes very soon.

Russia and Ukraine are top global wheat suppliers, and the UN-brokered agreement they signed in Istanbul last week is intended to ease the food crisis and reduce global grain prices that have risen since the Russian invasion.

A harvester
A combine harvester of TVK Seed agricultural company unloads wheat into a truck not far from Myronivka, Ukraine [File: Alexey Furman/Getty Images]

9h ago (09:00 GMT)

Ukraine denies carrying out drone attack on Russian fleet HQ

Ukraine has denied carrying out a drone attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea fleet in annexed Crimea, that Russian officials said wounded six personnel.

Sergiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the coastal Odesa military region, dismissed claims that Ukraine was behind the attack as “sheer provocation”.

“Our liberation of Crimea from the occupiers will be carried out in another way and much more effectively,” he wrote on Telegram.

Firefighters in shelled house
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a shelled house in Bakhmut, Ukraine [File: Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency]

10h ago (08:40 GMT)

Putin says Russian navy to get new hypersonic missiles soon

President Vladimir Putin has said the Russian navy would receive hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles within the next few months and that the area of their deployment would depend on Russian interests.

Speaking on Russia’s Navy Day in the former imperial capital of St Petersburg, Putin praised Tsar Peter the Great for making Russia a great sea power. Putin did not mention Ukraine directly.

But the Kremlin chief said he had signed a new navy doctrine, the details of which were not published, and touted the Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles as unique in the world.

“The delivery of these [missiles] to the Russian armed forces will start in the coming months,” Putin said. “The Admiral Gorshkov frigate will be the first to go on combat duty with these formidable weapons on board.”

“The key thing here is the capability of the Russian navy … It is able to respond with lightning speed to all who decides to infringe on our sovereignty and freedom.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following the Astana Process summit in Tehran, Iran
Putin attends a news conference following the Astana Process summit in Tehran [File: Majid Asgaripour/Reuters]

10h ago (08:19 GMT)

Zelenskyy says harvest could be halved by war

Zelenskyy has said Ukraine’s harvest could be half its usual amount this year due to the Russian invasion.

“Ukrainian harvest this year is under the threat to be twice less,” suggesting half as much as usual, he wrote in English on Twitter.

“Our main goal — to prevent global food crisis caused by Russian invasion. Still grains find a way to be delivered alternatively,” he added.

Ukraine, a key global supplier of grains, has struggled to get its product to buyers due to a Russian naval blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.

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10h ago (08:01 GMT)

Zelenskyy warns thousands of people still in Donetsk battleground

Zelenskyy has warned that thousands of people, including children, were still in the region’s battleground areas, with six civilians killed and 15 wounded on Friday, according to the Donetsk governor.

“There’s already a governmental decision about obligatory evacuation from Donetsk,” Zelenskyy said, underscoring authorities’ calls to leave the besieged region in recent weeks.

“Leave, we will help,” Zelenskyy said. “At this stage of the war, terror is the main weapon of Russia.”

Official Ukrainian estimates put the number of civilians still living in the unoccupied area of Donetsk at between 200,000 and 220,000.

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