July 13, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Kathleen Magramo, Elise Hammond and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 2:51 a.m. ET, July 14, 2022
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1:25 a.m. ET, July 13, 2022

Ukraine's Zelensky touts "modern artillery" after forces hit another Russian ammo depot

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio and Kostan Nechyporenko

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during his evening video message on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during his evening video message on Tuesday. (Office of President of Ukraine)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has touted the successes of Western-donated "modern artillery" after his country’s forces struck another Russian ammunition depot on Tuesday. 

"The occupiers have already felt very well what modern artillery is, and they will not have a safe rear anywhere on our land, which they occupied," Zelensky said in his nightly address.
"They felt that the operations of our scouts to protect their Motherland are orders of magnitude stronger than any of their 'special operations.'
"Russian soldiers — and we know this from interceptions of their conversations — are frankly afraid of our Armed Forces."

Zelensky's remarks come after explosions rocked the town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region of Ukraine on Monday night. Video posted on social media showed loud explosions and a huge ball of fire lighting up the night sky.

Serhiy Khlan, a Ukrainian official who is a member of Kherson regional council, said on Facebook, "In Nova Kakhovka minus one Russian ammo depot. They brought, brought, stockpiled, stockpiled and now have fireworks at night."

Ukraine has been using US-donated HIMARS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and other Western-made weaponry to target Russian ammunition depots, deep inside Moscow-controlled territory, over the past few weeks. 

1:25 a.m. ET, July 13, 2022

Satellite image shows massive crater after Ukrainian strike on Russian ammunition depot in Kherson region

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy and Gianluca Mezzofiore 

A massive crater is seen in Russian-occupied Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region of Ukraine on Tuesday.
A massive crater is seen in Russian-occupied Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region of Ukraine on Tuesday. (Courtesy Planet Labs)

A massive crater is the only thing left after a Ukrainian missile hit a building — which Ukrainian officials say was being used as an ammunition depot by Russia — in Russian-occupied Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region of Ukraine, according to a new satellite image from Planet Labs.  

The satellite image was taken on July 12, according to Planet Labs. Comparing it to a satellite image taken by Planet Labs on July 11, a number of the surrounding buildings have also been destroyed, or significantly damaged.  

9:16 p.m. ET, July 12, 2022

Turkey to host Russia-Ukraine talks on grain shipments

From CNN's Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul

Turkey will host talks on Wednesday with Russia, Ukraine and the United Nations on the export of grain shipments sitting in Ukrainian ports, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Tuesday.

"Tomorrow, in Istanbul the military delegations of the Turkish, Russian Federation and Ukraine ministries of defense and the United Nations delegation will hold talks for the safe shipment of grain waiting in Ukrainian ports to international markets by sea," he said.

It comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held separate calls with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts on grain exports Monday. Ukrainian officials say more than 20 million tons of grain remain stuck in Ukraine due to Moscow's blockade of Black Sea ports.

8:33 p.m. ET, July 12, 2022

"Unsanitary conditions are growing" in Severodonetsk, Ukrainian official says

From CNN's Kostan Nechyporkenko in Kyiv

"Unsanitary conditions are growing" in Severodonetsk and "there is not enough water and not enough food" in the city, said Roman Vlasenko, head of the eastern city's regional administration.

There are also issues with gas and electricity supplies, Vlasenko added.

Severodonetsk fell to Russian forces in June following months of grueling and bloody fighting, leaving the Luhansk region almost fully under Russian control.

He described the living situation as “very sad” for those that have remained even though "there are not many people left there."

A sign in the city was repainted from Ukrainian to Russian colors on Monday.

Vlasenko said "pressure continues on pro-Ukrainian activists" and they continue to face serious challenges.