The Russian Occupied City Energodarwhere Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is located was attacked early this morning, Ukrainian officials say.
The Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, Energoatom, posted an update on its official Telegram channel just before 8 a.m. local time.
Since 5 a.m., the continuous mortar attacks on the city have not stopped.”
Energodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov said “several civilian objects were hit” and confirmed there were victims of the attack in a separate post on his Telegram channel.
Ukraine’s counter-offensive to reclaim Kherson has not stalled or failed, a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said.
Oleksiy Arestovych reiterated that the offensive is still in full swing in a video message posted to Telegram early Thursday morning.
The fact that we have not yet captured Kherson does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed. It is carried out in a planned manner. We destroy enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots.
… There will be no quick wins. Initially, a strategy was followed to systematically grind Putin’s army.
It’s long, so there’s a lot of work to do.
Ukrainian Armed Forces struck strategic bridges in the southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that the Kakhovsky and Daryiv Bridgesused by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region were “disabled” in an update posted to Telegram early Thursday.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will inspect Russia’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhya on Wednesday.
The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.
However, there is uncertainty about the planned inspector visit.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told reporters from the city of Zaporizhzhya on Wednesday:
If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or an ongoing presence, it will be extended. But this first segment is going to take a few days.”
On Wednesday, the Russian occupying authorities said the team would be given access for one day.
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Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) take control of the Russian Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhya on Wednesday. The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.
Meanwhile, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser has said it is a counter-offensive by Ukraine to target the southern region of Ukraine. Kherson has not crashed or failed.
It is 7:30 am in Kyiv. Here’s the thing:
Ukraine’s counter-offensive to reclaim Kherson has not stalled or failedA senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. “The fact that we have not yet taken Kherson does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed,” Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video message posted to Telegram early Thursday morning. “It is being carried out in a planned manner. We are destroying enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots.” Arestovych warned Ukrainians to be patient, adding: “There will be no quick victories”.
Ukrainian Armed Forces Break Strategic Bridges in Southern Kherson Region to isolate Russian troops on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added. Ukraine’s defense ministry said the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, which are used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region, were “disabled” in an update posted to Telegram early Thursday.
There is uncertainty about the planned visit of the inspectors to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. “If we can establish a permanent presence, or an ongoing presence, it will be extended. But this first segment will take a few days,” said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi. On Wednesday, the Russian occupying authorities said the team would be given access for one day.
The Russian army has “serious staff shortages” and is looking for contract service members and may even attract convicted criminals, a US official has said, citing US intelligence. The official said this could include “forcing wounded soldiers back into combat, recruiting personnel from private security companies and paying bonuses to conscripts”.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Venice Film Festival, describing Russia’s war against Ukraine as “a primitive conspiracy in three acts” that the world makes three dramatic mistakes: get used to the war, endure the war, forget the war.” Zelenskiy told the audience “not to remain silent” and “not to remain neutral”.
Russia has stopped gas flow to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, citing the need to make repairs. The German government rejects the claim, calling it a “pretense”. It said Nord Stream was “fully operational” and there were no technical issues. The shutdown of the Baltic Sea pipeline at 5 a.m. on Wednesday would last three days, Russia’s state energy company Gazprom said.
Estonia aims to stop most Russians within weeks, That is what his foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, said. “It takes some time, but I think timing is also critical given these huge numbers of Russian citizens coming in.”
The EU has agreed to suspend a visa travel deal with Moscow. The bloc wants to curb the number of Russian nationals who go on holiday and go shopping, but will stop with a complete ban on tourist visas. At their meeting in Prague, the EU’s 27 foreign ministers pledged to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which makes it relatively easy to obtain travel documents.
Zelenskiy welcomed the EU visa measure. “I think it’s humiliating for Europe to think of it as one big boutique or restaurant,” he said. “If the citizens of the state that wants to destroy European values use Europe for their entertainment or shopping, for the holidays of their mistresses while they themselves work for the war or just quietly awaiting the immoral fall of Russia.”
The US has been ordered to seize a $45 million plane owned by Russian energy company Lukoil, the US Department of Justice said, although the plane is currently believed to be in Russia. The plane has reportedly flown in and out of Russia in violation of US Commerce Department sanctions.
G7 finance ministers will discuss Biden administration’s proposed price cap for Russian oil when they meet Friday, the White House said. “We believe this is the most effective way to crack down on Putin’s revenues and it will not only lead to a drop in Putin’s oil revenues, but also to a decrease in Putin’s oil revenues, but also to a drop in global energy prices,” said White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre.