Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 185 of the invasion | Ukraine

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  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant remains “highly risky”. after two of the six reactors were reconnected after shelling that caused Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to be disconnected for the first time in its history. “Let me emphasize that the situation remains very risky and dangerous,” he said in his regular evening speech on Friday, praising Ukrainian experts who are working to “avoid the worst-case scenario”.

  • Residents near the Zaporizhzhya plant reportedly given iodine tabletsamid mounting fears that the fighting around the complex could cause catastrophe.

  • Zelenskiy said the world narrowly avoided a “radiation disaster” on Thursday when electricity to the The Zaporizhzhya plant was shut down for hours after fires broke out around the Russian-occupied complex in southeastern Ukraine.

  • A team of inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog stands ready to make an emergency visit to the Zaporizhzhya plant, according to reports. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal it is “almost certain” that an International Atomic Energy Agency mission will visit the plant early next week, although details are still being finalized.

  • Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has announced plans to extend mandatory evacuations for civilians living on the war’s front lines. She said on national television that evacuating women with children and the elderly would be a priority from some districts of the eastern region of Kharkov, and the southern regions of Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv.

  • Ukrainian troops hit a key bridge used by the Russian occupying forces in the southern Kherson region, according to Ukraine’s southern military command. The Daryivskiy Bridge is the only Russian-controlled crossing over the Inhulets River, which splits the Russian-occupied land west of the Dnipro into two parts.

  • Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, In a French television interview on Friday, Russia said it was willing to talk to Zelenskiy under certain conditions, but warned Moscow not to stop its attack until its goals were achieved. “Renouncing (Ukraine’s) participation in the North Atlantic alliance is now vital, but it is already insufficient to bring about peace,” Medvedev told LCI television in quotes reported by Russian news agencies.

  • EU energy ministers will meet as soon as possible for an urgent meeting to energy crisis after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Czech prime minister said. The Czech Republic currently holds the Presidency of the European Council.

  • Russia’s claim that it is deliberately slowing the pace of its military campaign in Ukraine is “almost certainly deliberate misinformation,” according to British intelligence. The latest report from the British Ministry of Defense said the Russian offensive had stalled “because of poor Russian military performance and fierce Ukrainian resistance”.

  • The Belarusian president has said his country’s SU-24 fighter jets have been re-equipped to carry nuclear weapons. Alexander Lukashenko said he had previously agreed to the move with his Russian counterpart, Putin, and warned his country was ready to respond immediately to “serious provocations” from the west.

  • Russia is burning large quantities of natural gas that it would have previously exported to Germany, while energy costs in Europe are skyrocketing. reports the BBC. According to the broadcaster, citing an analysis by Rystad Energy, a factory near Russia’s border with Finland burns an estimated £8.4 million worth of gas every day.

  • The head of British energy regulator Ofgem has blamed Russia for pushing up energy prices, raising the UK price cap by 80%. Ofgem on Friday approved a £1,578 increase to the current £1,971 price cap for the average dual-fuel tariff.

  • The German ambassador to the UK has acknowledged there is a risk that public support for Ukraine could wane this winter as the energy crisis deepens. Putin “used gas as a weapon” in the UK and across Europe, Miguel Berger said. “He wants to test our determination.”

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    Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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