Ukraine: Concerns over Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on UN menu | War in Ukraine

Ukraine: concerns over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, on the menu of the UN | War in Ukraine

Russian shelling not far from the plant killed 13 people on Wednesday, according to Ukrainian authorities.

The bombardments continued overnight from Wednesday to Thursday on the front line in Ukraine, including not far from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which will be on the menu of a meeting of the United Nations Security Council during the day. x27;UN.

In Nikopol (southeast), about a hundred kilometers from the Zaporizhia power plant, which is on the other side of the Dnieper River, the Governor Valentyn Reznichenko reported, on his Telegram account, three dead and nine wounded in night Russian bombardments with Grad multiple rocket launchers.

In Donbass (east), the head of the military administration of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, announced on Telegram Thursday morning that 11 civilians had been killed in the last 24 hours: six in Bakhmout, three in Soledar , one in Krasnogorivka and one in Avdiïvka.

Russian forces, which are constantly shelling the town of Soledar, are trying to drive the Ukrainian army out of it in order to x27;Advance to the nearby, larger town of Bakhmout.

The real Russian advance is very slow and the war has turned into an artillery duel between two armies entrenched around a few localities.

En Latvia, parliament on Wednesday adopted a statement calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism and Russian violence against Ukrainian civilians as targeted genocide.

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The meeting convened Thursday afternoon at the UN at the request of Russia will examine the security situation of the nuclear site of Zaporizhia, the largest in Europe, which worries the international community.

Moscow and kyiv accuse each other of having bombed it last week, without it being possible to verify these statements from independent sources.

Deadly bombardments had taken place not far from the power station during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to the Ukrainian authorities, who deplored 13 killed in the Dniepropetrovsk region and another in that of Zaporizhia.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant near the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in Ukraine.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement that its director general, Rafael Grossi, would brief the UN Security Council on the safety and security situation. facilities at the plant, as well as its efforts to agree on an IAEA expert mission to the site as soon as possible.

The IAEA said its report would detail how the bombardment at the site last week violated virtually all of the seven indispensable pillars of nuclear safety and security that Mr. Grossi described at the start of the conflict. /p>

On Wednesday, the group of seven most industrialized countries (G7) demanded that Russia immediately return full control of the plant to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine. It is Russia's continued control of the plant that puts the region at risk, he said.

On Tuesday evening, the Ukrainian operator Energoatom said that Russian forces were preparing to connect the plant to Crimea, a peninsula in southern Ukraine annexed by Moscow in 2014 and on the front line in the #x27;Russian offensive against Ukraine launched on February 24, and deliberately damaged it by carrying out this reorientation of electricity production.

Crimea remains in the crosshairs of Ukrainian forces: On Tuesday evening, President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that it was Ukrainian and that kyiv would never abandon it.

De Powerful explosions ravaged an ammunition depot at a Russian military airfield in Crimea on Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring several others and causing panic among thousands of Russian tourists vacationing on the peninsula. The Russian army claimed that no shooting or bombardment had been the cause of these explosions.

For its part, Kiev has not officially acknowledged its responsibility for the incident, but an adviser to the presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak, assured on Twitter Tuesday that this is only the beginning, because according to him the future of Crimea is to be a pearl of the Black Sea […], not a military base for terrorists.

Financially, Ukraine has obtained from its international creditors a two-year moratorium on its foreign debt, estimated at 20 billion dollars, announced its Prime Minister Denys Chmygal.

This allows Ukraine to maintain macro-financial stability and strengthen economic viability, he said Wednesday evening on Twitter.

The x27;Ukrainian economy has collapsed since the start of the war with Russia launched on February 24, and could see its GDP plunge by 45% this year, according to the latest estimates from the Bank. e world.

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