Ukraine: 5 dead in the northeast before the meeting Zelensky-Erdogan-Guterres | War in Ukraine

Ukraine: 5 dead in northeast before Zelensky-Erdogan-Guterres encounter | War in Ukraine

A hostel was destroyed by a Russian strike in Kharkiv on August 17, 2022.

Russian forces continued to shell northeastern Ukraine on Thursday morning, killing at least 5 people, according to kyiv, hours before Ukrainian Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, in the west of the country.

In Lviv, the three men must notably discuss the recent agreement on the export of cereals Ukraine, the need for a political solution to the conflict and the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Thursday morning, the Russian army assured Thursday that it had not deployed heavy weapons inside or around the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, located in the south and whose fate worries. Occupied since the beginning of March by the Russian army, it is targeted by bombardments of which Moscow and kyiv accuse each other mutually.

Fighting continues during this time in the Kharkiv region (northeast), where authorities accused Russian forces of shelling residential neighborhoods and killing 5 people on Thursday morning, after 7 on Wednesday evening.

A strike hit a tram station in Kharkiv on August 18, 2022.

During the night from Wednesday to Thursday, Russian bombardments on residential buildings left 3 dead and 18 injured in Kharkiv, and 2 others dead in the city of Krasnograd, about 80 km to the south, according to the emergency services and the governor. from the region, Oleg Sinegoubov.

The day before, according to kyiv, a Russian missile hit a three-storey residential building in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second city. Its mayor, Igor Terekhov, recorded 7 dead and 17 injured. Mr. Zelensky had earlier denounced a despicable and cynical attack.

Located about forty kilometers from the Russian border, Kharkiv is regularly shelled by the Russian army, which has never managed to seize it. Hundreds of civilians were killed in this region, according to the authorities.

Missiles are launched from the Belgorod region of Russia, 80 kilometers from Kharkiv, on August 18, 2022.

On the diplomatic front, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday, Mr. Zelensky announced in the evening.

We will work together to achieve results necessary for Ukraine, added the Ukrainian president, who calls for more financial and material aid for his country and tougher sanctions against Moscow.

The Zelensky-Erdogan-Guterres meeting comes as negotiations multiply, with Turkey mediating between Russia and Ukraine, to allow the export of cereals despite the conflict.

At the beginning of August, the Turkish head of state went to discuss the subject with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi (Russia), on the shores of the Black Sea.

On Friday, Guterres plans to travel to Odessa, one of three ports used under the grain export deal, and then to Turkey to visit the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) responsible for to oversee this agreement.

According to the United Nations, between August 1 and August 15, 21 bulk carriers were authorized to go to sea. They carried a total of 563,317 tons of raw materials agriculture, including 451,481 tons of corn.

The Brave Commander, a UN-chartered humanitarian ship, refuels with wheat on August 14, 2022, before departing from Ukraine for Ethiopia two days later.

< p class="e-p">But the first humanitarian ship chartered by the UN, loaded with 23,000 tons of wheat, left Ukraine only on Tuesday for Ethiopia as part of this agreement reached in July under the aegis of the UN with Turkish mediation.

Ukraine and Russia are among the world's largest grain exporters, with prices soaring since the Russian invasion on February 24.

According to the Program global food supply, a record 345 million people in 82 countries face acute food insecurity, while up to 50 million people in 45 countries are at risk of starvation without humanitarian assistance.

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In the south, the situation remained tense around Zaporizhia.

Thursday, the Russian army assured Thursday n& #x27;not having deployed heavy weapons in and around the nuclear power plant, as kyiv accuses. Only units providing security are there, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Ukraine also accuses Moscow of using the plant as a firing base on Ukrainian positions, which Russia denies.

Moscow, for its part, accuses kyiv of wanting fire its artillery at the plant and then accuse Russia of causing a nuclear accident.

The Russian armed forces are taking all necessary measures to ensure the security of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the Russian ministry added, accusing kyiv of wanting to prepare a resounding provocation on Thursday on the occasion of the visit of ;Antonio Guterres in Ukraine.

Last Thursday, Mr. Guterres and the United States called for the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the plant to guarantee the security of the site and allow an inspection mission.

Since the end of July, Russia and Ukraine have rejected responsibility for several bombardments which have affected the nuclear power plant .

Members of the Ukrainian emergency services take part in exercises in the event of a nuclear disaster, in Zaporizhia, on August 17, 2022 .

Ukraine must be prepared for all scenarios, Ukraine's Interior Minister warned on Wednesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday called it urgent for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection to take place at the plant.

< p class="e-p">The occupation of the site by Russian soldiers poses a serious threat to its security and increases the risk of an accident or nuclear incident […]. There is an urgent need to authorize an IAEA inspection and obtain the withdrawal of all Russian forces, Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Belgium.

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