UPDATE 01:00 – Russia is trying to hide its low nuclear stockpile
For the past three years, Russia has sought to keep American inspectors away. And the reason behind this is probably not Moscow’s eagerness to support nuclear energy, but rather the opposite – hiding the reduction of its nuclear arsenal.
Russian nuclear stockpiles have been gradually declining for years.
Older delivery systems and warheads produced decades ago naturally exhaust their operational life.
And today’s production of new missiles, strategic bombers or nuclear submarine systems is not strong enough to compensate for the reduction.
According to experts, the decommissioning of Russian nuclear weapons has begun and will continue at least until the 2030s.
Due to the lack of on-site inspections, there is little certainty about how much of the nuclear capability that Russia claims is deployed is actually operational.
The US and the international community still have ways to get estimates on the state of Russian stockpiles.
The Kyiv Independent writes that Russia will continue to use this lack of nuclear transparency to exert pressure on the West.
UPDATE 00:00 – The flow of ammunition to Ukraine must increase “in the coming days”, the head of the European Union for External Affairs, Josep Borrell, said on Monday
“More than a thousand rockets have been supplied. The amount of ammunition is increasing and must increase more rapidly in the coming days”the European official communicated after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.
Borrell said there must be a “just peace” in the conflict, but until then the EU would continue to support Ukraine’s defense. So far, the EU has provided about $14 billion and continues to honor its promise to deliver 1 million cartridges.
UPDATE 23:00 – Moscow threatens to end Black Sea grain deal if G7 bans exports to Russia
Moscow is threatening to terminate the Black Sea grain deal, considered essential to tackling the world hunger crisis, if the G7 bans exports to Russia.
Such a ban could be part of the set of sanctions that the allies have imposed on Moscow for the war in Ukraine.
Ukraine normally supplies about 45 million tons of grain to the global market each year and is the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil. Along with Russia, it accounted for about a quarter of global wheat exports in 2019, CNN reports.
ORIGINAL STORY – Ukrainian officials detect shift in Russian focus on Donetsk and use of ‘Syrian tactics’ in Bakhmut
Ukrainian officials say the concentration of Russian troops in the eastern Donetsk region has changed slightly, but the city of Bakhmut and the ruined towns of Mariinka and Avdiivka remain the focus of Russian attention.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Monday that there had been 47 airstrikes by Russian aircraft in the last day and more than 30 ground attacks had been repelled.
Ukrainian forces continue to cling to parts of the city of Bakhmut and the access road from the west. The General Staff said that “during the day, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the direction of Novomarkove and Khromove”, settlements northwest of the city.
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