Putin on restrictions on export of Ukrainian grain; Zaluzhnyi's predictions about the war – the highlights of the day
7 September, 2022
Putin wants to limit the export of Ukrainian grain; Zaluzhnyi predicts a new stage of the war; the situation at the frontline for today; the Russians shelled Orikhiv Raion of Zaporizhzhia Oblast; dolphins die en masse in the Black Sea; a textbook with anti-Ukrainian propaganda was published in Hungary. We have collected the key news of the day.

Putin on the desire to "limit" grain exports from Ukraine and Kyiv's response

At the Eastern Economic Forum on September 7, the head of the Russian Federation said that almost all the grain under the "grain agreement" goes to the EU countries, and not to the countries that need it.

He says that Russia was "rudely cheated" and "deceived" in this matter, so "it is worth thinking about limiting the export directions of grain and other food."

In his turn, Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said in a comment for Reuters:

"The agreements signed in Istanbul... concern only one issue - the transfer of cargo ships across the Black Sea. Russia cannot dictate where Ukraine should direct its grain, and Ukraine cannot dictate the same to Russia."

Zaluzhnyi's predictions about the war

On September 7, Ukrinform published a joint column by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, and the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Mykhailo Zabrodskyi, entitled "Prospects for ensuring the military campaign of 2023: The Ukrainian perspective."

The authors predict that even after the de-occupation of Crimea, the confrontation with Russia will not end. From a military point of view, the Russian Federation will lose a base for its Black Sea fleet, an airfield network, a significant amount of material reserves, and, most likely, a significant amount of personnel and equipment. But the aggressor will be able to maintain a military presence in the region, and the loss of a significant amount of supplies for the Russian army will have only a temporary effect.

"Discussing further prospects after 2023, we can only talk about a new stage of confrontation. Of course, with different inputs and perspectives, but again — an ongoing conflict, loss of life, waste of resources, and an ultimately uncertain outcome," the column says.

News from the frontline

During the day, the Ukrainian military repulsed 11 attacks by the occupiers and struck 14 times at Russian strongholds and places of concentration, supporting ground groups. The occupiers lost about 70 soldiers, most of them killed, mostly near Gola Prystan, Kherson Oblast.

This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a summary as of 18:00 on September 7.

The occupiers conduct aerial reconnaissance from UAVs and work on improving the logistical support of the troops. Since the beginning of the day on September 7, the Russians have already carried out more than 8 missile and 10 air strikes on facilities on the territory of Ukraine: the infrastructure in some settlements was damaged.

At the same time, the Ukrainian military continues to hold its positions and prevent the enemy from advancing. Anti-aircraft defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed two Su-25 aircraft, one Ka-52 helicopter, and two UAVs in different directions.

Shelling of Orikhiv Raion of Zaporizhzhia Oblast

The shelling took place around 15:40. A yard in the village of Malotokmachka, Orikhiv Raion, caught fire, as stated by Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration.

There were 8 civilians in the yard, they were receiving humanitarian aid at that time. As a result of the shelling, 7 people were seriously injured, 3 were in serious condition, and 3 were killed.

Mass death of dolphins in the Black Sea

Prosecutors of the Specialized Environmental Prosecutor's Office of the Odesa Regional Prosecutor's Office opened a case due to the mass destruction of animals (Azov dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, etc.) as a result of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine.

Investigators have established that since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, a large number of dead marine mammals have been found on the beaches of Odesa. The probable cause of their mass death is the use of sonar devices (sonars) by Russian vessels on submarines and surface boats.

At the initiative of the prosecutor's office, specialists conducted examinations and autopsies of cetaceans — porpoises and common dolphins (white-sided dolphins) found dead on the coasts. This will make it possible to establish the causes of the death of marine mammals.

Anti-Ukrainian statements in a Hungarian textbook

In Hungary, a geography textbook was created for 8th-grade students, which is filled with anti-Ukrainian propaganda and false facts.

The textbook was developed by the OFI state center and is a mandatory textbook for students in Hungary. The textbook indicates that the majority of the country's population is Ukrainian, but in the eastern part there is a "significant share of Russians", and on the Crimean Peninsula "they are the majority". The authors of the book do not mention the Crimean Tatars.

In the textbook, children are convinced that the war in Ukraine is a civil war, Russia's involvement is not mentioned at all.

"Two East Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian) are similar. In the parts of the country inhabited by Russians, a fifth of the population speaks a mixed Russian-Ukrainian language. Despite this, the two ethnic groups are often at odds with each other. Their confrontation also provoked an armed conflict over the Crimean Peninsula," the book says.