Day 164 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Kyiv and Moscow Accuse Each Other of Shelling the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:

Russian forces are massing in southern Ukraine, expecting a counteroffensive. The war is entering a new phase

It is almost certain that Russian forces are massing in the south of the country in anticipation of a Ukrainian counter-offensive or in preparation for a possible attack, is the main conclusion of today's British intelligence report on the war, published by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain.

Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to leave Ukraine's Donbas region and head southwest. Equipment is also reported to be moving from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupol and from mainland Russia via the Kerch Bridge into Crimea.

The battalion tactical groups, which consist of 800 to 1,000 servicemen, are deployed in Crimea and will almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson region, the report added.

On August 2, 2022, a new battalion tactical group was deployed to Crimea, and such are also being redeployed from Force Grouping East. It is very likely that they will be sent to Kherson region in the coming days.

Ukrainian forces have increasingly attacked bridges, ammunition depots and rail links in southern Ukraine. Among them is the strategically important railway line that links Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea, and the military will almost certainly use a combination of blocking, damaging, destroying, restricting access, destroying and disrupting to try to affect Russia's capability to supply logistically.

Russia's war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to a roughly 350...

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