While the Ukrainian army remains under pressure in the eastern Donetsk region, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has hinted at new arms deliveries from partners. There was an air alert nationwide in the evening, and explosions were reported from several regions. The situation around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant also remains tense. It was shot at again on Sunday. Kyiv and Moscow blamed each other for this.
The human rights organization Amnesty International is trying to distance itself from Russian propaganda after a controversial report on the warfare of the Ukrainian army. Meanwhile, international stars are looking for their political position.
Selenskyj announces "good news".
Zelenskyy hinted that more weapons could be delivered to Ukraine. "Next week we expect news from partners regarding the aid packages. Good news!" Zelenskyy said in his video address on Sunday. Deliveries of arms from the West continue to be the key to successful defense.
According to Zelenskyy, the toughest fighting is taking place in Donbass. The situation there remains difficult. Defending places like "Avdiivka, Pisky, Mariinka and Bakhmut requires our main effort and, unfortunately, a lot of lives," he said. He also renewed his accusations against Russia for shelling the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
Escalation around NPP Zaporizhia threatens
For the second time in a few days, Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling the facility. The Ukrainian army fired a rocket at the nuclear power plant on Sunday night, the Russian news agency Interfax reported, citing the occupation administration in the city of Enerhodar, where the power plant is located.
The Ukrainian nuclear agency Enerhoatom, on the other hand, accused the Russians of shelling the site under their control themselves. The information provided by both sides could not initially be checked independently. The International Atomic Energy Agency is demanding that both sides allow independent nuclear experts unimpeded access to the facility.
First freighter arrives in Ukrainian port
A cargo ship has docked in a Ukrainian port for the first time since the end of the Russian naval blockade. "The bulk carrier Fulmar S has arrived at the port of Chornomorsk and is ready for loading," announced the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure on its Telegram channel. Ships that have left Ukrainian ports in recent days have been stuck there since the beginning of the war. The resumption of shipping traffic and the associated grain shipments from Ukraine are important for stabilizing food prices worldwide.
So far, eight ships carrying grain have left Ukrainian ports since the beginning of August. They were among dozens of freighters that had been stranded there since the war began in February because of the Russian naval blockade and the Ukrainian military's mining of its own ports. With the arrival of the Fulmar S, the grain corridor now has an "entrance and exit," explained Infrastructure Minister Olexander Kubrakow.
Amnesty International regrets "pain" in Kyiv after report
The human rights organization Amnesty International defended its controversial report on the warfare of the Ukrainian army and at the same time expressed its regret at its effects. "Amnesty International deeply regrets the pain and anger that our press release about the combat tactics of the Ukrainian military has caused," said a statement from the organization available to the German Press Agency. Amnesty maintains the main findings of the report.
In the report published on Thursday, Amnesty International accused the Ukrainian army of entrenching itself in residential areas, thereby unnecessarily endangering civilians. "Although we fully stand by our findings, we regret the pain caused and want to clarify a few key points," Amnesty said after the criticism that followed. The organization found Ukrainian violations of martial law at 19 different locations. However, this does not justify the Russian war crimes. Amnesty has addressed these crimes several times in recent months.
Roger Waters versus Jessica Chastain
Meanwhile, British musician Roger Waters, ex-Pink Floyd frontman, caused outrage in Kyiv and applause in Moscow with statements about the Russian war of aggression - and otherwise caused irritation. At the beginning of the war he had described the Russian attack as an act of a gangster, but now he blamed US President Joe Biden, which pleased Russia's ex-President Dmitry Medvedev. "There are still adequate people in the West. Pink Floyd forever," he wrote on his page on the vkontakte social network.
Oscar winner Jessica Chastain remained true to her pro-Ukrainian stance. In Kyiv she visited a children's hospital and later the Kiev suburb of Irpin, which became known for Russian war crimes. In the evening, like other Hollywood greats, she was received by President Selenskyj.
That will be important on Monday
In the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian army continues to defend the last major conurbation still under its control in the Donbass. In particular, the strategically important small town of Bakhmut is under heavy pressure from Russian attacks. According to media reports, a new aid package for Ukraine is being put together in the USA. Joe Biden is expected to announce another $1 billion in arms shipments today.
Lebanon, on the other hand, is still waiting for the first ship loaded with Ukrainian grain. The freighter "Razoni" left the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa last Monday.