IT HAPPENED TODAY: Damaged Russian base in Crimea and election skirmishes in Ústí

A satellite image provided by Planet Labs PBC shows destroyed Russian aircraft at the Saki Air Base on the Crimean Peninsula. (August 10, 2022)
| photo: AP

Satellite images of a Russian base in Crimea show extensive damage. A large explosion rocked the Crimean peninsula earlier this week. Satellite images show that large parts of the airport area are burned. At least eight combat aircraft were destroyed or damaged.

The meeting between the former prime minister and the leader of the ANO movement Andrej Babiš in Ústí nad Labem was accompanied by clashes between opponents and supporters. Uniformed police were present at the scene. At a meeting in Unhošt in central Bohemia, Babiš told journalists that he would like the date of October 28 to announce his presidential candidacy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the launch of ballistic missiles into Japan’s economic zone. The main purpose of the intervention was to deter Japan from interfering in events in the Taiwan Strait. Large-scale military exercises began on August 4 as China’s response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

German police are facing criticism for Monday’s raid at a children’s home in Dortmund, in which an officer shot and killed a black minor. The police were called because the young man had a knife. The police used stun grenades and tear gas against the minor. When the young man attacked, one of the policemen fired an MP5 machine gun at him, hitting him five times.

Low-cost airline Wizz Air will resume flights to Russia in response to passenger demand. The company suspended the line between Abu Dhabi and Moscow after the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi plans to go on sale for flights connecting these two destinations on October 3.

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