DIRECT.  Ukraine war: Europe's biggest nuclear power plant 'totally out of control', says UN chief

DIRECT. Ukraine war: Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant ‘totally out of control’, says UN chief


The city of Mykolaiv was rocked by explosions according to Ukrainian officials

Loud explosions were heard in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Thursday amid Russian attacks in several areas, The Associated Press reported. The agency reports the latest understanding of the war from the Ukrainian presidential office. At least four civilians have been killed and 10 injured in the past 24 hours, and nine regions of Ukraine have been set on fire, the office said in its daily update. Two neighborhoods in Mykolaiv, which have been frequently targeted in recent weeks, were bombed. About 50 residential buildings were destroyed in the city of 107,000 people and projectiles hit power lines, leaving the city’s residents without electricity, according to Ukrainian authorities. Nikopol is located across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which was taken over by Russian troops at the start of the war.


For the Ukrainian army, it is unlikely that Russia will be able to advance towards Kyiv a second time.

Ukraine’s Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Naev said Ukraine is closely studying past Russian military actions and strengthening its defenses as necessary to ensure it does not happen again.


Two Russian missiles hit the outskirts of Zaporizhia

Zaporizhia city council secretary Anatoliy Kurtev said the August 4 night attack destroyed a high-rise building and several other houses, but no casualties were reported.

In the same city of Zaporizhia is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which has aroused the concern of the head of the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


Syrian ship with grain whose origin is disputed by Ukraine leaves Lebanon

A Syrian ship that Ukraine says was carrying stolen grain to Ukraine has left a Lebanese port after Lebanese authorities cleared it to sail following an investigation, the Associated Press reported. Lebanese Transport Minister Ali Hamie tweeted on Thursday that the ship was now outside his country’s territory. The Laodicea, which flies the Syrian flag, has been anchored in the port of Tripoli since arriving last Thursday, carrying 10,000 tons of wheat and barley flour. Ukraine said the ship’s cargo was stolen by Russia and urged Lebanon not to allow the ship to leave port. A court, however, ruled on Wednesday that the ship could sail, after Lebanon’s attorney general concluded that it was not carrying stolen Ukrainian grain. Russian diplomats denied grain theft, while accusing Ukraine of lying and trying to damage relations between Moscow and Beirut.


About 100,000 Ukrainian refugees in France after more than five months of war

More than five months after the start of the war in Ukraine, the threshold of 100,000 Ukrainian refugees in France crossed this week, indicated the Director General of the French Office for Immigration and Integration.


Ukrainian armed forces reported explosions in occupied Donetsk

According to the Telegram channel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, “there are already casualties and injuries”. The post reported explosions in the city center near a hotel and a theater. The reports have not been independently verified.


Estonian Foreign Minister wants new sanctions

In an interview with Politico’s National Security Daily news bulletin, Ernas Reinsalu said the war will escalate for Ukraine and its allies as the West waits to transfer weapons and impose new sanctions. He wants to pressure President Vladimir Putin to end the war. The EU has passed seven rounds of sanctions against Russia, but momentum is slowing as governments worry about a looming energy crisis. Estonia, one of the bloc’s smaller member states, which spends 0.8% of its GDP on military aid to Ukraine, has long led tougher action against Russia.


Gerhard Schröder and the “disgusting words”

The president of Ukraine reacted in his nightly video address on Wednesday, after former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder told German media in a long interview that he had no excuses for his friendship with Vladimir Putin, whom he met last week during a visit to the Russian capital. He also admitted that Russia wanted a “negotiated solution” to the war. “It is disgusting that the former leaders of major states with European values ​​are working for Russia, which is at war with these values,” Volodymyr Zelensky scoffed. As the Guardian reports, Schröder has come under heavy criticism for his business ties with Russian gas company Gazprom.


Stolen Ukrainian grain?

According to Reuters, in a statement the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry rejected the court’s decision to allow the departure of the Laodicea, a Syrian ship and said that Kyiv’s position was not taken into account. This boat has been anchored in the Lebanese port of Tripoli since last week, loaded with 10,000 tons of wheat and barley flour. Ukraine said the grain was stolen by Russia, but Lebanese officials denied the claim. The legal dispute comes as the first shipment of grain that left Ukraine under a deal to ease Russia’s sea blockade reached Turkey.


Russia plans to open shops free of charge for diplomats

Russia has launched several duty-free shops accessible only to diplomats, employees of embassies, consulates, international organizations and their families.

Stores will open in Moscow and St. Petersburg with prices quoted in rubles, US dollars and euros and will be managed by the Russian Foreign Ministry and another local entity selected through a competition.


Indicative estimates of Russian combat losses on August 4, according to the Ukrainian military


The UK Ministry of Defense has released a daily briefing on the situation in Ukraine


Russia has claimed the destruction of the weapons depot

Russia said on Wednesday it had destroyed a foreign weapons cache in the Lviv region of western Ukraine, a region bordering Poland that is rarely hit by strikes from Moscow.

“Russian high-precision missiles” were destroyed near Radekhiv, in the Lviv region, a “depot of foreign weapons and ammunition handed over to the kyiv regime from Poland”, the Russian army said in a statement.


UN nuclear chief warns Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine ‘out of control’

He made an urgent appeal to Russia and Ukraine to quickly allow experts to visit the vast complex to stabilize the situation and prevent a nuclear accident. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that the situation is becoming more dangerous every day at the Zaporizhia plant in the city of Enerhodar, in the southeast, which was seized by Russian troops. early March. . “All the principles of nuclear safety were violated” at the plant, he said. “What’s at stake is more serious and more serious and dangerous.”


Moscow throws the ball back to the Europeans with gas

The return to Russia of a Siemens turbine presented as essential to the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which supplies Europe, is “impossible” due to sanctions against Moscow, Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Wednesday.

“The sanctions regimes of Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as well as the inconsistencies in the current situation regarding Siemens’ contractual obligations make the shipment impossible,” Gazprom said in a statement.


For Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia lied about its desire to negotiate and end the war

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech to the nation that all of Russia’s statements about its readiness for negotiations are false.

“If Russia really wants to end the war, it will not continue killing Ukrainians,” the Ukrainian president added.


Russia may fabricate evidence of Olevinka strike, US says

US officials believe Russia is working to produce evidence about last week’s deadly strike at the Olvinka detention center that killed 53 prisoners of war in a breakaway region of eastern Ukraine. A US official with knowledge of the intelligence discovery told The Associated Press that classified intelligence, which was recently declassified, indicated that Russian officials may have planted munitions from high-mobility artillery rockets. medium range system, or Himars, as evidence that the systems provided by the United States to Ukraine were used in the attack.


Moscow had already begun to gather forces to attack in the direction of Kryvy Rih

The Southern Ukrainian Military Command described the situation on the ground as “tense” and claims that this iron city, where Volodymyr Zelensky grew up, is about 50 kilometers from the front line in the south of the country.


In the town of Avdiivka, 2,500 civilians live in “inhumane” conditions

The town of Avdiivka, north of Donetsk, has been under Russian fire for several days.

On Thursday, the head of the military administration in the town of Avdiivka, Vitali Barabach, said 2,500 civilians were still in the town, or 10% of the town’s population before the Russian invasion. The living conditions in the city, deprived of gas, water and electricity, are inhumane », sAccording to Mr. Barabach, for Kyiv Independent,. The Russians would bomb Avdiivka up to twenty times a day.


The next ships with Ukrainian grain are ready to go

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter that the ships would reach foreign customers and help prevent hunger if “Russia fulfills its commitments under the UN-brokered grain initiative”.


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