Philippines officially cancels chopper deal with Russia
"The Department of National Defence is formalizing the termination of the contract with SOVTECHNOEXPORT LLC of Russia for the procurement of 16 units of Mi-17 heavy-lift helicopters for the Philippine air force," dpa news agency quoted Arsenio Andolong, the Department's spokesman, as saying. Andolong said the Department's contract review committee will "undertake the appropriate processes and exercise due diligence in formalizing the termination of the project's contract".
Biden authorises largest weapons assistance to Ukraine
According to a statement by the US Department of Defence, the package -- the 18th tranche of presidential drawdown since August 2021 -- included additional munitions for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition, 20 120 mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition, as well as munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), Xinhua news agency reported.
Six Russian military officers sacked since war began: UK intelligence
The poor performance of the armed forces during the invasion has been costly for the Russian military leadership, most likely leading to the dismissal of at least six commanders, dpa news agency quoted the UK's Ministry of Defence as saying in its regular intelligence update.
World food prices decline amid relief after Ukraine grain exports resume: FAO
A deal to allow grain shipments from Ukraine and adjustments to the global supply chain helped relieve some price pressure, Xinhua news agency quoted the FAO as saying. The monthly index of food commodity prices fell 8.6 per cent in July, its largest one-month fall since 2008, according to data released by the UN agency. The decline represented the third consecutive month the index fell, though it's the first time in that period the decline was significant.
Russia using nuclear plant as cover to launch rocket attacks
Russia controls the Zaporizhzhia plant and surrounding areas, close to Ukrainian-held territory. Western officials have sounded the alarm about Russia's tactics there, BBC reported. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant lies in the south-east of Ukraine along the eastern bank of the Dnipro river. It is currently still being operated by Ukrainian employees under Russian supervision. It consists of six pressurised water reactors and stores radioactive waste.
Ukraine intel claims Putin using body double, points to his changing ears
Putin's (69) health has been the topic of fierce discussion among commentators, Daily Mail reported. His close ally Nikolai Patrushev is said to have stood in for the president during his medical appointments, the report said. This week, Ukraine's Major General Kyrylo Budanov appeared on TV to claim to viewers that Putin's height and ears have changed in recent appearances, The Sun reported.
'Russian action jeopardising Ukrainian nuclear power plant'
"Following five months of occupation, Russia's intentions regarding the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant remain unclear," dpa news agency quoted the Ministry as saying. "However, the actions they have undertaken at the facility have likely undermined the security and safety of the plant's normal operations." Russian forces had used artillery units based in areas near the power station to target Ukrainian territory on the west bank of the Dnipro river, the report said.