The day of the war at a glance: nuclear company threatens to cut the power line – Kyiv: Ukraine needs the end of the war before winter

The day of the war at a glance
Nuclear company threatens to cut power lines – Kyiv: Ukraine needs the end of the war before winter

After the shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia in the Russian-occupied south of Ukraine, Russia and the West are arguing about the safety of the power plant. The Russian Foreign Ministry again accused the United Nations of preventing an inspection of the nuclear power plant by experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The nuclear power plant located in the city of Enerhodar was shelled at the weekend and partially damaged. Russia and Ukraine blame each other. However, the critical infrastructure should be intact. After the emergency shutdown of a unit, two reactors are still in operation. There were also open questions on Wednesday about the explosions at an air force base on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. According to Ukrainian sources, at least ten Russian planes were destroyed in the incident on Tuesday. While experts suspected a possible Ukrainian attack, Moscow blamed a violation of fire safety rules. Fighting continued in eastern and southern Ukraine. For Ukraine it is the 168th day of repelling the Russian invasion.

Mutual allegations

G7 foreign ministers warned that Russia’s actions at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant increase the risk of a nuclear incident. “The Ukrainian personnel responsible for the operation of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant must be able to carry out their duties without threats or pressure,” the Federal Foreign Office said in Berlin. It is important to send experts from the IAEA who can freely contact the Ukrainian personnel who are responsible for the operation of the facilities.

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, accused the United Nations of “irresponsible action”. The Russian Foreign Ministry had previously complained that a planned trip by IAEA representatives to the nuclear power plant had failed due to security concerns raised by the responsible UN secretariat.

Nuclear company threatens to destroy power lines

Ukraine then threatened to cut Russian power lines if the nuclear power plant were to be connected to the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. “I think our armed forces will be ready if necessary,” said Petro Kotin, head of state-owned nuclear power plant operator Enerhoatom. This could happen before the Russians disconnect the power plant from the Ukrainian grid.

According to Kotin, Russia has long wanted to connect the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to Crimea. “To do this, the power plant must be completely disconnected from the Ukrainian energy system and connected to the line that connects Crimea to the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant,” explained the 61-year-old. Kotin also said that Ukrainian troops would shell power lines if Russia connected the nuclear power plant to its grid. If the power plant failed, the power supply for the entire Russian-occupied south would be at risk.

13 dead in Russian rocket attacks in southern Ukraine

According to local authorities, 13 civilians were killed in Russian bombardments near the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. “It was a terrible night,” wrote Dnipropetrovsk region governor Valentin Resnichenko on Telegram. First he spoke of eleven civilians killed, later he announced that two other people had succumbed to their injuries.

Eleven other people were injured in the Russian bombardment, according to the governor. Five of them were therefore in a serious condition. The hit villages are opposite the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on the other bank of the Dnipro River, which was formed here into a reservoir. Downriver on the Dnipro, the Ukrainian military said it made a bridge at the Nowa Kakhovka dam unusable. The crew management initially commented on this night. With long-range missiles, Ukraine is systematically trying to destroy the only three river crossings in the Cherson region on the lower reaches of the Dnipro that Russia has conquered.

Ukraine wants to liberate Kherson by the end of the year

The occupied Cherson region is to be recaptured by the end of the year. The delivery of more weapons from the West is crucial, Major General Dmytro Marchenko said in an interview with the RBC news agency. “If we have the amount of weapons that we’ve been promised that we need, then I think we’ll celebrate victory next spring.”

Six dead in Russian airstrike in eastern Ukraine

According to Ukrainian sources, six people were killed and three others injured in Russian airstrikes on Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. Russian troops bombed the eastern Ukrainian city with multiple rocket launchers, hitting a residential area, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote in the online service Telegram. At least 12 homes were damaged and four were on fire, the governor said. He attached photos of firefighters trying to put out fires to his message.

Russia reports destruction of a German anti-aircraft tank “Gepard”

The Russian military claims to have destroyed a Gepard anti-aircraft tank in airstrikes in southern Ukraine. “Near the village of Novopavlivka in the Mykolayiv region, a combat vehicle for the anti-aircraft gun complex ‘Gepard’, supplied by Germany to the Kiev regime, was destroyed,” said a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry. This information cannot be verified independently.

Zelenskyy’s chief of staff: Ukraine needs end of war before winter

According to the Office of the President in Kyiv, the fighting in Ukraine urgently needs to be ended before the start of the next heating season. Otherwise there is a risk that Russia will destroy the infrastructure for heat and energy, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, according to the Interfax agency in Kyiv. The Russian army is already attacking infrastructure facilities. “This is one of the reasons why we want to take maximum measures to end the active part of the war by the end of autumn,” said Yermak. The war has now lasted almost half a year.

Yermak said the Ukrainian army was doing everything it could to recapture the Russian-held territories. The longer the Russian military can entrench themselves in Ukrainian territory, the more difficult it becomes.

Authorities declare local emergency after explosions in Crimea

The authorities in Crimea, annexed by Russia, declared a state of emergency in the affected district around the military base the day after the explosions. According to official Russian information, at least one person died in the explosions and 14 people were injured. Kyiv initially took no responsibility for the explosions. However, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on Twitter: “This is just the beginning.” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised his compatriots that the lost peninsula would be brought home.

War protest: Raid on Moscow journalist Ovsyannikova

Russian authorities have searched the home of journalist Marina Ovsyannikova for allegedly discrediting the Russian army. Ovzyannikova, who has already had to pay several fines for criticizing the Russian war of aggression after her famous protest on Russian state television, is now facing a long prison sentence.

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