what to remember from friday august 5

what to remember from friday august 5

Ukraine and Russia accused each other of strikes near a reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on Friday (August 5), Europe’s largest, on a day when three new shipments of grain, important for food security around the world, left the ports of Ukraine.

Strikes near the Zaporizhia power plant

Kyiv and Moscow blame each other “three strikes” near one of the reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “Despite the provocations of the Russians, the plant continues to operate and supply electricity to the Ukrainian energy system through service lines”said the Ukrainian state company Energoatom. “It was decided to unload and disconnect one of the reactors.” However, “There are risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances. The danger of fire is high.”

The Russian army, for its part, discussed “artillery fire” on “Ukrainian armed formation”at one time “against the territory of the Zaporizhia power plant and the city of Energodar”restraint “Acts of nuclear terrorism”. The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Tuesday that the situation had been resolved “more and more dangerous every day” at the Zaporizhia power plant. When the plant was taken, the Russian military blew up the buildings on the site.

A grain convoy in the Black Sea

Five days after the departure from Odessa of a first freighter carrying Ukrainian cereals, three other loads, also of corn, left Ukraine in a convoy, announced the Turkish Ministry of Defense. A series of regular rotation should follow, to supply the agricultural market.

The three ships will serve Ireland, England and Turkey, the Turkish ministry said. At the same time, he pointed out, a building is on its way, also to load grain, towards the port of Chernomorsk (southern Ukraine), which it should reach on Saturday, said the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Russia and Ukraine have signed two separate agreements, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, which allow the export of Ukrainian cereals unaffected by the conflict and agricultural products to Russia despite Western sanctions. They are expected to help ease the global food crisis, which has seen prices rise in some of the poorest countries due to the blockade of Ukraine’s ports.

Amnesty welcomes its conclusions

Amnesty International blamed the Ukrainian military for building bases in schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated areas. And this, noted this NGO, in violation of “IHL”. This document sparked outrage in Kyiv, and President Volodymyr Zelensky in turn accused it of “trying to grant amnesty to the terrorist state” Russian and “shifting responsibility from the aggressor to the victim”.

>> What’s in the Amnesty International investigation accusing kyiv of endangering civilians

This Friday, Amnesty International fully confirmed this “conclusions”, “based on evidence obtained from major investigations subject to the same strict standards and the same verification process” than all his usual work. The NGO, however, in its report, insisted that the Ukrainian tactics were not “In no way justified the indiscriminate attack on Russia” which affects the population.

The head of Amnesty International in Ukraine, Oksana Pokalchuk, announced her resignation. “The Ukrainian office has always emphasized that the investigation should include at least two parties”he explained on Facebook, “and consider the position of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine”. The latter was indeed contacted, according to him, but no time was required to respond. He added that the NGO, unintentionally, produced material resembling support for Russia’s narratives”.

New Russian strike in Mykolaiv

The Russian army has again bombed Mykolaiv, a city not far to the south. Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich said 22 people were injured, including a 13-year-old boy, and the strike damaged several houses. A curfew has been implemented in this city until Monday morning to neutralize those “partners” The Russians, the regional governor Vitali Kim said. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are currently conducting a counter-offensive in the south, where they claim to have retaken more than 50 villages that fell to Russian soldiers.

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