August 11,2023

Victory Chronicles-DAY 534

Missile debris falls at children's hospital, damages house in Kyiv

During the Russian Aug. 11 attack, missile debris fell in three locations in Kyiv’s Obolonskyi district, including a children’s hospital territory, Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported. The roof of a house was damaged on the capital’s Bohatyrska Street, according to Klitschko. The mayor said a missile fragment was also found on the territory of a local dacha (country house) neighborhood. No casualties were reported.

Multiple explosions were heard in Kyiv early on Aug. 11 after Russia launched Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles at the region, according to Ukraine’s Air Force. Explosions were also reported in Khmelnytskyi and Vinnytsia oblasts. Regional authorities haven’t commented yet on the consequences of the attack. The air raid alert was activated across Ukraine at about 9:50 a.m. local time when Russian MiG-31K jets took off from the Savasleyka airfield in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

In addition, this morning, the occupiers fired aerial ballistic missiles at the territory of Prykarpattia. The missile hit the territory of a private house in Kolomyia district, where a family with three children lived, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reported. An 8-year-old boy was killed in the attack.




Russian attacks in four Ukrainian oblasts killed four civilians and wounded 41 on Aug. 10, according to regional authorities. Russia targeted a total of nine Ukrainian oblasts — Sumy, Kherson, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia.



Russian forces deployed an Iskander-K missile to attack civilian infrastructure in Zaporizhzhia on 10 August. “Enemy forces once again ruthlessly attacked at 19:20 on Thursday 10 August. An enemy Iskander-K missile hit a civilian building. One civilian was killed and nine sustained injuries,” reported Ukrainian National Police.



Fighters of the 77th separate airmobile brigade destroyed an enemy tank near Bakhmut.




The Kremlin is likely attempting to crypto-nationalize Russian internet giant Yandex to strengthen control over the Russian information space in preparation for the 2024 Russian presidential election. Yandex has likely been trying to balance between the Kremlin and its foreign governing bodies but now appears to be losing the battle to the Kremlin. The Kremlin appears to be forcing Yandex to sell or distance itself from international subsidiaries, including rideshare service Yango Israel, in order to comply with strict Russian data disclosure laws requiring Yandex to supply all user data – not just data of users in Russia – to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). 

The Russian government has previously fined Yandex for failing to comply with this law despite Yandex’s statements that it is unable to provide the requested data. The Russian government also previously fined Yandex CEO Artem Savinovsky for Yandex’s failure to comply with Russian censorship laws, possibly trying to compel Yandex into complying with Russian censorship laws not just in Russia but globally to undermine its global operations and userbase.

Yandex officials have previously stated that Yandex aims to follow the laws within each country it operates and have rebuked Russian datamining efforts by claiming it only provides user data to governments of users in that specific country. Some Russian insider sources speculated that Yandex corporate development advisor Alexey Kudrin attempted and failed to turn Yandex into a national private company that Putin’s reported personal banker Yuri Kovalchuk would control.

Yandex founder and former CEO Arkady Volozh publicly decried the invasion of Ukraine on August 10, and some Russian insider sources speculated that Volozh’s statement was a “white flag” showing that he had accepted that the Kremlin would likely go forward with its speculated formal nationalization effort. Reuters reported that its sources within Yandex fear a “brain drain” if the Kremlin nationalizes Yandex, as many Yandex employees left Russia following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.The Kremlin is likely aware of this concern as investors affiliated with Kremlin officials rather than Russian government entities have recently made bids to purchase Yandex.



Defender Ihor Subotiak died on August 7, 2023, in the city of Pokrovsk, Donetsk Oblast. After an enemy missile hit a residential building, Ihor was helping to rescue people. That’s when the second missile arrived. Ihor received life-threatening injuries. In less than a month, he would have turned 48 years old.

Ihor Subotiak was originally from Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. He lived with his family in Kolomyia. He was a well-known bandura player, vocalist, and actor in the Ukrainian Folk Theater in Ivano-Frankivsk region. For the last 15 years, he lived and worked as a carpenter in Finland. After the start of the full-scale invasion, he returned to Ukraine. He was a serviceman in the Ivano-Frankivsk Zonal Department of the Military Law Enforcement Service. 

“He was a loyal friend with a red soul and a sincere heart, ready to help at the earliest need. But most of all, I admired his boundless love for his native Ukraine. In the life of the Ukrainian community in Finland, Ihor was very active and significant. He was a leading member of the Ukrainian Association of Finland’s choir Perespiv and an actor in the Ukrainian Theater of Finland. His bandura playing and unsurpassed voice fascinated everyone,” wrote his friend Natalia Dmytrenko. 

“The best person I have met since the beginning of the war. The person who was emotionally the closest in our unit. He was one of the best friends in general. Ihor was the best chess player in the company. He played several musical instruments. In the army, he started learning English and was already beginning to speak it. We dreamed of going camping together. We dreamed that after the war I would come to Finland with my children to visit him,” added writer Artem Chapai, Ihor’s brother-in-law. The deceased is survived by a daughter and other relatives.



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