The Armed Forces of Ukraine claim they have killed 200 Russian paratroopers in an attack in the Luhansk region. Ukraine said that Russian troops were attacking in several directions in the Luhansk region, but had no success. Local authorities said that Russians used the Grad systems to fire some 40 rockets in the region on August 26. Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry says its forces have destroyed a M777 howitzer, that was used to shell the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Ukraine’s state nuclear power company says that one reactor at the Zaporizhzhia plant has been reconnected to the Ukrainian energy grid. Germany’s military has indications that Russia spied on Ukrainian soldiers’ training in Germany. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that its planes are being refitted to carry nuclear weapons. Russia has significantly ramped up gold exports to China amid Western sanctions due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Former Russian PM and Putin’s close aide, Sergey Kiriyenko, narrowly escaped death after being targeted by Ukrainian fire.