War in the neighborhood: IPN updates

Iran, technological partner of the Kremlin

Iran agreed to repair Moscow’s aircraft and supply components for them, Iranian Civil Aviation Representative Mirakbar Razavi announced. Iranian and Russian officials, in a meeting, underscored the need to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of air defense.  Additionally, both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance the flight frequency between the two countries to 35% per week.

The agreement was signed during the visit of the Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia. It probably happened on July 19, when Putin visited Tehran to meet with President Ibrahim Raisi, the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

Reportedly, Vladimir Putin approached Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a proposal that Turkish attack drone maker Baykar set up a production plant in Russia

Russian troops, with burned bridge, cross the Dnieper River imaginarily only

On Tuesday evening, local media reported an attack on the Kherson Bridge. The information was confirmed by the deputy head of the occupation administration in Kherson, Kyryło Stremousov. However, he said the bridge didn’t collapse. It is closed to traffic, but this will not affect the life of civilians as the army set up passages, pontoon bridges.

There were strikes on the Antonovsky Bridge in Kherson. This was confirmed by Natalia Gumeniuk, a spokeswoman for the press center of the Southern Defense Forces.

At the same time, she noted that the purpose of military operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is the demoralization of the enemy, the destruction of their plans and the preservation of Ukrainian infrastructure, so the work is carried out filigreely.

This summer, Kherson is no longer associated with watermelons like rugby ball

The Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated Andreevka and entrenched in Lozovoe, Kherson region. The press center of OK “South” on Facebook specified that the Armed Forces of Ukraine delivered four strikes using attack aircraft, bombers and helicopters.

“Four strongholds of the enemy in the area of Andreevka, Belogorka and Blagodatny were hit. Thus, Andreevka was liberated and finally cleared of the Russian occupation troops. Like Lozovoe, where our troops securely secured their positions a few days earlier!” the message says.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Ukraine should return the territories occupied by Russia within three to six weeks. According to the President, this period is decisive, since it will be more difficult to wage war later in the winter. Adam Smith, head of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, told Politico.

They want land, but are not so diligent

The United States-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) considers that Russia aims to conquer more territories before holding the “referendum” and initiating the annexation. It is presumed that the occupation “authorities”, supported by Russia, exert pressure to achieve military goals that would ensure fast annexation. But it is highly improbable that the Russian troops would advance significantly in Ukraine and would ensure the start of the aforementioned annexation in the first half of September.

Victims, not criminals

Over the eight years of the occupation of Crimea, more than 34,000 residents of the peninsula were forcibly enrolled in military service in the Russian army, according to the head of the Crimean prosecutor’s office, Igor Ponochevny.

The head of the Crimean prosecutor’s office, Igor Ponochevny, believes that the Crimeans, forcibly drafted into the Russian army or illegal military formations, are victims of the war, and not criminals, if it is only about this, and they did not commit other crimes.

Decision that could be implemented during many years

German arms manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) confirmed on Wednesday that Germany’s government approved the sale of self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.

Citing a spokesperson for manufacturer KMW, Der Spiegel reported that Germany has approved the sale of 100 PzH 2000 (Panzerhaubitze) self-propelled howitzers worth 1.7 billion euros ($1.72 billion) to Ukraine.

According to a Spiegel report, KMW has already started manufacturing the howitzers, the full run of which will take several years to complete.

“Swiftly and severely”, in what way?

The US warned that it will deliver a “swift and severe response” if Russia annexes the territories occupied in Ukraine. “We are aware of the next move of Russia. They lay the groundwork to annex the Ukrainian territory occupied by directly encroaching on the sovereignty of Ukraine,” said the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

“If Russia continues to implement its annexation plans, we will respond swiftly and severely, together with our allies and partners”.

Castling with tanks and planes, but not on chessboard

Poland is buying almost 1,000 tanks, more than 600 pieces of artillery and dozens of fighter jets from South Korea, in part to replace equipment donated to Ukraine to help Kyiv fight the Russian invasion, the Polish Ministry of Defense told CNN on Tuesday.

The first 180 K2 tanks, made by Hyundai Rotem and equipped with auto-loading 120mm guns, are expected to arrive this year.

Tiraspol is also considered to have been founded by Suvorov

The self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” may hold a “referendum” on joining Russia in September.

Meanwhile, the leader of the self-proclaimed organization of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, laid flowers at the Eternal Flame in Brest Castle. Andrey Turchak, Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party, and Boris Gryzlov, the Russian Ambassador to Belarus, took part in the ceremony.

After the ceremony, Pushilin wrote in his Telegram channel that “today the time has come to liberate the Russian cities founded by Russian people: Kiev, Chernigov, Poltava, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia and Lutsk.”

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