The Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south destroyed 194 occupiers and 42 units of Russian equipment, and the Bayraktar attack drone, which Lithuanians crowdfunded, has arrived in Ukraine. The Fitch agency also declared the inevitability of a default in Belarus. Here is what you may have missed from the previous night.
Valuable gifts for officials
The Verkhovna Rada temporarily canceled the limit on the value of gifts to officials and deputies, if they will be used for the needs of the Armed Forces or aid to war victims.
"Inevitability of default" in Belarus
The London-based international rating agency Fitch Ratings has lowered the long-term issuer foreign-currency default rating for the Republic of Belarus from "CCC" to "C". The new indicator means "imminent default".
If Belarus does not pay on the Eurobonds by the end of the grace period, on July 13, under the original terms (ie, in US dollars), Fitch will consider this a default and lower the country's rating to "RD" (restricted default), and the rating of this debt issue — to "D" (default).
Bayraktar from Lithuanians in Ukraine
The Bayraktar-Vanagas attack drone has arrived in Ukraine. The Lithuanian people raised money for it, and the Turkish drone manufacturing company Baykar, having learned about it, decided to give away the drone for free.
Successes of the Armed Forces in the south
The Operational Command "South" reported that the losses of the occupiers in the south on July 8 were as follows: 194 soldiers, three warehouses with Russian ammunition and 42 pieces of equipment, including:
- 2 Grad multiple launch rocket systems;
- 2 command and staff vehicles;
- 4 anti-aircraft gun-missile systems Pantsir-S1;
- one launcher of the Buk-M2 anti-aircraft missile system;
- 6 self-propelled howitzers Akatsiya;
- 26 units of automotive equipment;
- one Orlan-10 reconnaissance drone.
Gas turbine for Nord Stream
The German government received a positive signal from Canada regarding the delivery of a turbine to Germany, which is "necessary for the maintenance" of the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline.
An informed source told Reuters that "the decision to return the turbine has already been made."
"The turbine will be sent to Germany, which will then deliver it to Gazprom so that Canada does not breach any sanctions," the agency was told by a government source.
Ukraine opposed the transfer of turbines by Canada to the Russian state gas company Gazprom for the supply of natural gas to Germany, as this contradicts the sanctions against Russia.
Shelling of Sumy Oblast
Russian occupying forces continued to shell the territory of the Sumy Oblast on July 8, as a result of which a local farmer was injured. Now the man is in the hospital, said the head of the Sumy Oblast Military Administration, Dmytro Zhivytskyy.
According to him, during the day, the occupiers launched 18 shellings, in total more than 100 shots were fired from various types of weapons. The enemy mostly used rockets, mortars and artillery.