War in Ukraine, live: Russian strikes claim thirteen lives in several towns near the Zaporizhia       power plant

War in Ukraine, live: Russian strikes claim thirteen lives in several towns near the Zaporizhia power plant

Cover Photo: Dnipro Region Governor Valentyn Reznichenko clarified that the “Russian night attack” specifically hit the town of Nikopol, which lies on the west bank of the Dnipro River opposite the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia pictured here, on April 27, 2022. ED JONES / AFP

  • in the Crimea, Explosions with one dead and one injured occurred on Tuesday, August 9, at an ammunition depot at the site of a military airfield on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, annexed by Russia. The Russian army claimed that no gunfire or bombing was the cause of these blasts, which were first reported by authorities in this peninsula, unilaterally annexed to Russia in 2014 and on the front line of Russia’s February 24 offensive against Ukraine was standing.
  • To Colin KahlUS Undersecretary for Political Affairs, in between “70,000 and 80,000 soldiers” Russians were killed or wounded since February 24 and the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In addition, “the Russians have not achieved any of the goals set by Vladimir Putin at the beginning of the war,” the Pentagon number three said Monday, adding that Russian forces lost between “3,000 and 4,000.” armored vehicles and may lack precision-guided missiles, including air-to-surface and sea-to-surface missiles.
  • Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, was the target of strikes last weekend. The two belligerents accuse each other of being the perpetrators of the attacks, while the site has been occupied by Russian forces since March but continues to operate thanks to Ukrainian technicians.
  • United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called every attack on nuclear power plants “suicidal”. and demanded the cessation of military operations around Zaporizhia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy waved the Ghost of the Chernobyl disaster and called for new sanctions against Russia, while the White House said: “We continue to call on Russia to halt all military operations in and around Ukraine’s nuclear power plants and to return control of them to Ukraine.” »
  • The chairman of the Ukrainian national nuclear energy production company Energoatom, Petro Kotin, called on Monday for the Creation of a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. According to him, the presence of the Russian army on the ground “poses the greatest danger for the future, a radiation accident or even a nuclear catastrophe.”
  • Moscow announced on Monday that it would suspend planned US inspections of its military sites. under the New Start Treaty, the latest bilateral nuclear disarmament agreement linking the two powers. Russia claims to respond to American obstacles to Russian inspections in a similar way to the United States.
  • Mr Zelensky warned Moscow against organizing ‘referendums’ in the territories occupied by Russia with a view to their annexation in the south of his country, while Kremlin-appointed authorities in the Zaporijia region (partly occupied by the Russian army) on Monday announced the start of preparations for organizing a referendum on the region’s annexation to Russia. If the separatists continue like this, “they will exclude any possibility of negotiations with Ukraine and the free world, which they will certainly need at some point,” Zelenskyy estimated.
  • A first Ukrainian ship with wheat arrived at its final destination. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced on Monday morning that the Razoni was docked in Turkey. A total of eight ships loaded with grain have already left Ukraine.

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