Russians preparing counterattack in Kherson | TVP journalist sentenced to prison in Belarus | Polish unemployment second-lowest in EU | Heat wave warning for Pomerania

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Ukrainian officials have warned that Russian forces are likely preparing for a counterattack in southern Ukraine, aiming to capture the entire Kherson region.

Ukraine’s Operational Command „South” reported on the plan in a Facebook post on Tuesday night, according to Polish state news agency PAP.

Their claims were supported by a recent analysis from the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which reported that Russian forces had „launched two assaults in northern Kherson Oblast and are continuing to redeploy troops to the Southern Axis.”

According to the ISW report, Russian units „conducted unsuccessful offensive operations northeast and northwest of Kharkiv City” in northeastern Ukraine.

In the Donetsk Oblast, says ISW, Russian troops are firing artillery of various calibers in the vicinity of Slavyansk and Bakhmut, where they have „made marginal gains” and „continue offensive operations to the northeast and southeast” of the city.

ISW also reported that Ukrainian civilians were „continuing to resist the Russian occupation with acts of civil disobedience and partisan sabotage as the Kremlin considers longer-term methods of population control in occupied Ukraine.”

Today is day 162 of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, Radio Poland


A court in Belarus has sentenced a journalist with Poland’s state broadcaster TVP to five years in prison. Iryna Slaunikava was handed the sentence on Wednesday by a regional court in the southeastern Belarusian city of Homel, Polish state news agency PAP reported. The judge found her guilty of „creating an extremist formation,” according to the independent Belarusian TV network Belsat.

Slaunikava, a Belarusian journalist who most recently worked as a correspondent for TVP, has been kept behind bars since her arrest on October 30 of last year. The arrest and subsequent trial – held behind closed doors – are widely believed to have been politically motivated, with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki calling the verdict „a violation of all civilizational norms, human rights, and journalistic standards.” Morawiecki has vowed „to take decisive and firm steps” in response to this „unacceptable sentence.”

According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, 29 journalists and media workers are currently being held in Belarusian prisons.

Source: Radio Poland


Unemployment in Poland was a modest 2.7 percent in June, the second lowest rate in the European Union, according to recent figures released by Eurostat.

The Czech Republic boasted the lowest jobless rate in the bloc in June, at 2.4 percent, followed by Poland at 2.7 percent and Germany at 2.8 percent. Spain had the highest seasonally-adjusted jobless rate in the EU, at 12.6 percent, while Greek unemployment was the second-highest at 12.3 percent, the agency’s data showed. The EU average for June stayed stable at 6.0 percent, a marked decrease from 7.2 percent in June 2021.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, PAP, ec.europa.eu


The Polish Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW) has issued a second-degree heat warning as temperatures spike across Poland.

According to IMGW, temperatures during the day could be as high as 34°C (94°F), with nighttime temperatures ranging between 17 to 20 degrees Celsius (62-68°F).

High temperatures can be especially hazardous for infants, young children, and the elderly. The Pomeranian Voivodeship Office in Gdańsk recommends staying out of the full sun, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding strenuous exercise or physical exertion. Pets should also have unlimited access to water and shade and should not, under any circumstances, be left in parked cars.

The heat warning is in effect from Wednesday at 1 p.m. until the evening hours of Friday, August 5. More details (in Polish) can be found >>>HERE.

Source: Radio Gdańsk, IMGW, gdansk.uw.gov.pl


Weather

Today will be sunny and hot, with no chance of rain and a gentle breeze coming in from the south. Temperatures will peak around a high of 32°C, or 89°F, dropping to an overnight low of 20°C or 68°F. Similar hot, sunny weather is expected tomorrow, with temperatures cooling off on Saturday and Sunday.

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