August 11, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Heather Chen, Jack Guy, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Maureen Chowdhury and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 3:11 a.m. ET, August 12, 2022
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6:28 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Denmark to give additional 110 million euros to Ukraine for weapons, equipment and training

From CNN's Sarah Diab

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on Thursday that Denmark will give another 110 million euros ($113.7 million) in financial aid to Ukraine for "weapons, equipment and training."

"I hope that we here today can agree on even more contributions. And of course, Denmark is ready to do our part," Frederiksen said at an international donor conference in Copenhagen.

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov were present at the conference in Denmark's capital.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also made a virtual appearance to thank the participants.

5:55 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Ukraine claims Russia has arrested Tatar activists in Crimea

From CNN's Tim Lister and Oleksandra Ochman

Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign Minister, Emine Dzheppar, says that authorities in Crimea have arrested several Tatar activists after searching their homes.

"The morning of August 11 in #Crimea started with unlawful searches in the houses of Enver Krosh, Seitiai Abbozov, Edem Bekirov, Murat Mustafaiev, Rinat Aliiev, journalist Vilen Temerianov and his mother," Dzheppar tweeted.

She said three of the activists had been detained and posted several photographs showing security forces carrying out the raids.

"#Russian occupational authorities continue pressure and persecution of #CrimeanTatars as they oppose occupation and support territorial integrity of #Ukraine," Dzheppar added.

The wife of Temerianov said in a Facebook video that three men wearing balaclavas were among those that arrested her husband. They had said that the investigation was to do with criminal extremism, and had asked questions about postcards at the house that were to be sent to Crimean activists in prison.

The Russian-backed authorities in Crimea have not made any comment.

Thousands of Crimean Tatar people began to return to the peninsula in the late 1980s. Some 200,000 Crimean Tatars had been forcibly deported by Stalin in 1944 in what the Ukrainian parliament has recognized as an act of genocide.

5:29 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

UK announces more long-range multiple-launch rocket systems for Ukraine

From CNN's Tim Lister

The United Kingdom will send send further multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, according to Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

"Britain will also give a significant number of precision guided M31A1 missiles which can strike targets up to 80km away, enabling Ukraine to continue to defend itself against Russian heavy artillery," the Ministry of Defense announced.

Wallace said in a statement: “This latest tranche of military support will enable the Armed Forces of Ukraine to continue to defend against Russian aggression and the indiscriminate use of long-range artillery. Britain and the international community remain opposed to this illegal war and will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, providing defensive military aid to Ukraine to help them defend against Putin’s invasion.”

Ukrainian troops have been trained in the UK on how to use the launchers.

The Ministry of Defense said other equipment currently being delivered to Ukraine includes more than 20 155 millimeter self-propelled guns; 105 millimeter artillery guns and ammunition; more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition for Ukraine’s Soviet-era artillery; and at least 1,600 more anti-tank weapons.

The UK and other NATO countries are also committed to training up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in infantry skills.

The announcement came as Wallace co-hosts a conference of northern NATO states to discuss further long-term support for Ukraine on training, equipment, and funding.

The Ministry of Defense said the UK and its allies will begin to establish a plan of action to support Ukraine into 2023 and beyond for as long as necessary.

5:29 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Latvia’s Parliament declares Russia "state sponsor of terrorism" due to attacks on civilians in Ukraine

From CNN's Jorge Engels

Latvia’s Parliament has declared Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism,” citing attacks on civilians.

“The Saeima adopted a statement on Russia's targeted military attacks against civilians and public areas in Ukraine, recognizing Russia's violence against civilians as terrorism and Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Latvia’s Parliament said in a statement published Thursday. 

Latvian lawmakers also urged EU countries to immediately halt the issue of tourist and entry visas to Russian and Belarusian citizens.

5:02 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Ukrainian Defense Ministry taunts Russian "guests" in tweet following explosions in Crimea

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has issued a taunting tweet following Tuesday's explosions at the Saki air base in Crimea.

"Unless they want an unpleasantly hot summer break, we advise our valued Russian guests not to visit Ukrainian Crimea," it said.

"Because no amount of sunscreen will protect them from the hazardous effects of smoking in unauthorized areas."

At least three separate explosions took place at the air base, new video shows.

CNN geolocated and confirmed the authenticity of the video, which began circulating on social media on Tuesday evening. 

The cause of the explosions remains unclear.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed they could not determine the cause, while the Russian Ministry of Defense said that the blasts had been caused by detonated aviation ammunition, without saying how it had been detonated.

The incident killed at least one person, and injured at least nine, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health of Crimea.

4:14 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Belarus says flashes at air base near Ukrainian border due to accidental fire

From CNN's Victoria Butenko  

An overnight blaze at a Belarusian air base near the Ukrainian border was caused by a piece of equipment catching fire, the Belarus Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement was issued in response to reports of flashes and detonations at Zyabrovka Air Base near the southeastern city of Gomel.

"There are no victims. Personnel took timely respective measures," the statement said.

CNN is unable to verify the Belarusian account. 

Some context: Belarus is one of Russia's closest allies and has played a key role in its invasion of Ukraine. In July, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Ukraine of dragging his country into the war.

3:52 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Airstrikes hit Russian targets in the south, Ukrainian military says

From CNN's Tim Lister

Ukraine's military said it carried out six airstrikes against Russian targets in southern Ukraine on Wednesday.

Russian forces were hit in the Beryslav district of Kherson and ammunition depots were destroyed in Bashtanka and Barvinka, officials said. 

Russian command posts, one located in the village of Chervonyi Maisk along the Dnipro River, were also destroyed, they added. 

CNN has been unable to verify the military's claims, which come as Ukrainian forces step up operations in the south of the country.

3:13 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Russian shelling kills 2 in Ukraine's central Dnipropetrovsk region, officials say

From CNN's Nicola Careem and Josh Pennington

A man surveys the damage after the Dnipropetrovsk region endured another night of shelling on Thursday, August 11.
A man surveys the damage after the Dnipropetrovsk region endured another night of shelling on Thursday, August 11. (Dnipropetrovsk Gov. Valentin Reznichenko)

At least two people were killed and nine others injured, including a 13-year-old girl, after Russian forces shelled Ukraine's central Dnipropetrovsk region overnight, according to Ukrainian officials.

Dnipropetrovsk Gov. Valentin Reznichenko said on Telegram that more than a hundred Russian rockets hit four districts of the region — Nikopol, Chervonohrihorivska, Kryvorizka and Synelniky — damaging dozens of buildings and leaving thousands of residents without electricity.

Rescue teams were searching for survivors in the rubble, he said.

Dnipro, the largest city in the region, was also subject to a rocket strike. The extent of the damage there is not yet known.

2:05 a.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Seven Russian warplanes destroyed as large blasts rock Crimea air base

From CNN's Brad Lendon and Paul P. Murphy

A satellite image from August 10, after the explosion, shows the charred remains of at least seven aircraft in the earthen berms. 
A satellite image from August 10, after the explosion, shows the charred remains of at least seven aircraft in the earthen berms.  (Planet Labs)

At least seven Russian warplanes were destroyed after explosions rocked annexed Crimea on Tuesday, new satellite images show, in what CNN research found could be Moscow's biggest loss of military aircraft in a single day since World War II.

The destroyed warplanes appear to be Su-24 bombers and Su-30 multirole fighter jets, said Peter Layton, a fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and a former Australian Air Force pilot, who examined Planet Lab satellite photos showing the Saki Air Base before and after the explosions.

Two more warplanes appear to have been damaged, Layton said. On Wednesday, the Ukrainian armed forces added nine aircraft to the tally of Russian military hardware they say has been destroyed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said it could not determine the cause of the explosions at the air base, which lies 225 kilometers (140 miles) behind the Russian front line, according to the Institute for the Study of War think tank.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said the blasts were caused by aviation ammunition -- but did not say how it had been detonated.

Video on social media, verified and geolocated by CNN as being from the air base, shows smoke rising from the base before it is rocked by three large, fiery explosions that send black mushroom clouds into the sky. Two of the explosions happen almost simultaneously and a third occurs shortly thereafter.

The satellite photos also show ​the explosions burned a swath of vegetation around a portion of the air base.

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