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IAEA experts arrive in Kiev ahead of nuclear power plant visit, CNN reports

A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog – reportedly arrived in Kiev ahead of a visit to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine.

The nuclear plant has been occupied by Russian forces since the start of the invasion and there are growing concerns about the plant’s security, with Ukraine and Russia repeatedly accusing each other of shelling.

Members of the delegation were seen by CNN reporters at their hotel in the Ukrainian capital Kiev early Tuesday, the network reported.

The mission, led by IAEA chief Rafael Grossi, departed for the mission on Monday, the IAEA tweeted.

CNBC has contacted the agency for confirmation of the mission’s arrival in Kiev and is awaiting a response.

— Holly Ellyatt

EU foreign policy chief sees green light for Ukraine training mission

European Union defense ministers will pave the way for the creation of an EU training mission for Ukrainian troops at a meeting in Prague, the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Tuesday.

“The situation on the ground remains very bad. Ukraine needs our support and we will continue to provide support,” Borrell told reporters when he arrived for talks in Prague.

“A general, general political agreement (on the training mission) is what I think we need to get today… I hope we get a political green light for this mission,” he added, without giving details about the mission. “That’s the time to act, that’s the time to make decisions.”

— Reuters

Kharkiv city center shelled, killing at least 5, officials say

Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkov, was heavily shelled on Tuesday morning, local officials said.

Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov said the city center had been shelled, killing at least five and injuring seven.

“Artillery shelling on the central part of the city,” the mayor said on Telegram, adding that a large plaza and surrounding houses had been hit. Kharkiv is located in the northeast of Ukraine, near the border with Russia.

Terekhov said more information is being collected on the victims and injured. In a subsequent message, he said that a five-storey residential building had been hit and that a residential building was on fire. Not sure if he was talking about the same building.

Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Synehubov also posted on Telegram about the strikes. He urged citizens to seek shelter and said more strikes are possible. CNBC was unable to verify the information in the reports.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russian units around Kherson are ‘probably undermanned’, UK says

Russian military in the Kherson region on May 19, 2022. Russian units in and around Kherson are likely to be undermanned and unable to cohere, according to the latest intelligence from the UK

Olga Maltseva | AFP | Getty Images

Russian units in and around Kherson – a city in southern Ukraine currently occupied by Russian forces and which Ukraine has launched a counter-offensive to reclaim – are likely undermanned and unable to cohere, according to the latest UK intelligence

“The 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District (SMD) has most likely been expanded with parts of the 35th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District (EMD). [Russian] units around Kherson are likely to be understaffed and rely on vulnerable ferry supply lines and pontoon bridges across the Dnipro,” the Ministry of Defense said on Twitter on Tuesday.

The ministry said the integration of SMD and EMD units “suggests a significant reorganization of Russian forces in Ukraine”.

The ministry added that “there is a realistic possibility that Russia has rationalized the various semi-independent operational commands that contributed to its poor performance early in the invasion” and that if Ukraine succeeds in continuing offensive to conduct operations toward Kherson, “the coherence of this untested structure is likely to be a key factor in the durability of Russia’s defenses in the south.”

— Holly Ellyatt

“We will chase them to the border,” says Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed confidence that Ukrainian forces will push the Russian occupation forces back to pre-2014 borders after a counter-offensive in southern Ukraine was launched earlier this week.

“The occupiers must know: we will chase them to the border. To our border, which line has not changed,” Zelenskyy said in his overnight video address on Monday.

“If they want to survive – it’s time for the Russian army to run away … If they don’t hear me – they will face our defenders, who will not stop until they have liberated everything that belongs to Ukraine,” he said. he. added.

Soldier Volodimyr stationed on the front line at an undisclosed position in Mykolaiv Oblast. Ukrainian forces have launched a counter-offensive in southern regions, including around Mykolaiv, which is strategically close to the Black Sea.

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Ukraine appears to be growing in confidence in recent weeks with the attack on the Russian-occupied territory of southern Ukraine, including Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. Kiev’s officials have said they will now fight for the peninsula, which is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, as well as the city of Kherson, which fell to Russian forces at the start of the war.

“Does anyone want to know what our plans are? You won’t hear any details from a really responsible person. Because this is the war. And that’s how it goes in war,” Zelenskyy said.

A spokesman for Ukraine’s southern military command told NBC News on Monday that Russian troops were already withdrawing from some areas in the south of the country as the counter-offensive began, although some experts have expressed caution and say it is too early to draw conclusions. withdraw from Ukraine’s counterattack. .

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine claims Russians are withdrawing from some positions in the south

A spokesman for Ukraine’s southern military command told NBC News that Russian forces were withdrawing from some areas in the south of the country, where Kiev claims it has launched a counter-offensive against Russian forces.

Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesman for the southern military command, said in a telephone interview that “the enemy began to retreat under the pressure of our actions. .

NBC News was unable to verify the spokesperson’s claims, and both Humeniuk and outside observers expressed caution in drawing early conclusions.

The The British Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday morning: local time Ukraine increased artillery fire along the front in southern Ukraine from August 29, but “it is not yet possible to confirm the extent of the Ukrainian advance.”

Neil Melvin, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told NBC News that early reports indicated “that Ukrainian forces have broken through the first set of Russian defenses in places around Kherson”.

— Ted Kemp

Putin uses Zaporizhzhya to hold Ukraine energy supply hostage, White House says

A Russian soldier patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Energodar on May 1, 2022. The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, seized by Russian forces in March, is located in southeastern Ukraine and is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and one of the 10 largest in the world.

Andrey Borodulin | Afp | Getty Images

The Biden administration welcomed news that the International Atomic Energy Agency would soon be inspecting the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

The White House also alleged that Russia is using its control of the facility to endanger Ukraine’s energy supply.

“This would require us to know exactly what he has in mind and that is difficult for us to determine on any given day, especially on any issue related to Ukraine,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said. to reporters during a conference call when asked about Russian President Vladimir. Putin’s intentions.

“What we can put together, based on their activities and their actions, is that we at least determine that by holding that factory, it could take Ukraine hostage with regard to their own electric power capacity,” Kirby said.

“The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant basically controls all the electrical power for much of southern Ukraine and even beyond, so he can hold that power hostage. He…could potentially use some of that power in Russia if he could.” want,” Kirby added.

— Amanda Macias

Nearly 7 million Ukrainians have become refugees from the Russian war

Nearly 7 million Ukrainians have become refugees and moved to neighboring countries since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, the UN refugee agency estimates.

More than 3.9 million of those people have applied for temporary residency status in neighboring Western countries, according to data collected by the UN Refugee Agency.

“The escalation of the conflict in Ukraine has resulted in civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing people to flee their homes in search of safety, protection and assistance,” the agency wrote.

— Amanda Macias

IAEA inspectors to start work on Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant ‘in the coming days’

A soldier with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant during the conflict between Ukraine and Russia outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhya region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.

Alexander Ermochenko | Reuters

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to arrive in Kiev today and begin work “in the coming days” at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will lead the team of 14 international experts, the ministry said.

“Ukraine’s position is clear: the occupation of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant by Russian troops and the importation of a large amount of military equipment and ammunition into its territory in violation of all international rules exposes the nuclear power plant to extreme danger, including provoking a nuclear incident,” the ministry wrote in a statement, according to an NBC News translation.

— Amanda Macias

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