Russia and Ukraine accused each other on Friday of shelling Europe's biggest nuclear power plant as fighting raged again in the crucial border region of the Donbas and three more ships left ports carrying previously blockaded Ukrainian grain. Stay with TOI for all updates --Read Less
Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe's largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine's military and local officials said
Ukraine says parts of nuclear plant 'seriously damaged' in strikes
Parts of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were "seriously damaged" by military strikes that forced one of its reactors to shut down, the plant's operator said on Saturday. The Friday strikes on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in south Ukraine -- Europe's largest atomic power complex -- "seriously damaged" a station containing nitrogen and oxygen and an "auxiliary building," Energoatom said on the Telegram messaging service.
The head of Amnesty International's Ukraine office has resigned, accusing the rights organisation of parroting Kremlin propaganda in a controversial report that criticised the war-torn country's military response to Russia's invasion
Shells hit a high-voltage power line at the Russian-occupied plant, prompting operators to disconnect a reactor despite no radioactive leak being detected. The plant is still run by Ukrainian technicians, reports Reuters
Russia's defence ministry accused Ukrainian forces of shelling Zaporizhzhia plant, saying a leak of radiation had been avoided only by luck, reports Reuters
War in Ukraine set to enter new phase, says UK military intelligence (Reuters)
Ukraine's state nuclear power company Energoatom blamed Russia for the damage at the Zaporizhzhia power station, reports Reuters
Head of Ukraine's Amnesty office leaves after group accuses Kyiv, reports Reuters
Read: Shelling hits Ukraine N-plant's power line amid fear of disaster
Shelling hit a high-voltage power line on Friday at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant captured by Russia, but Ukrainian authorities said the plant still worked and no radioactive leak had been detected. Ukraine's state nuclear power firm Energoatom blamed Russian shelling for the damage at the Zaporizhzhia power station, Europe's largest. Earlier, the Russian-installed administration of the occupied Ukrainian city of Enerhodar said Ukrainian shells struck the lines. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi had said on Wednesday that the plant, occupied by Russian forces since early in Moscow's invasion, is "completely out of control" and that "every principle of nuclear safety has been violated". "If an accident occurs , we will not have a natural disaster to blame ," he said. The Interfax news agency cited the city administration as saying fire had broken out on the plant's premises, and that power necessary for the safe functioning of reactors had been cut off.
Shells hit a high-voltage power line at the Zaporizhzhia plant, prompting operators to disconnect a reactor despite no radioactive leak being detected. The plant was captured by Russian forces in early March in the opening stage of the war but it is still run by its Ukrainian technicians.
Shells hit power lines at Ukraine nuclear plant, fighting in east
Ukraine wants shipping safe passage deal extended beyond grain
Three grain ships left Ukrainian ports on Friday while the first inbound cargo vessel since Russia's invasion was due in Ukraine later in the day to load, as Kyiv called for the safe passage deal to be extended to other cargoes such as metals. "We expect that the security guarantees of our partners from the U.N. and Turkey will continue to work, and food exports from our ports will become stable and predictable for all market participants," Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Facebook after the ships set off. "This agreement is about logistics, about the movement of vessels through the Black Sea," Ukrainian Deputy Economy Minister Taras Kachka told Financial Times. "What's the difference between grain and iron ore?"
The United States will "pursue" Russia's latest offer to discuss at the presidential level a prisoner swap involving detained basketball star Brittney Griner, secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Friday
Ukraine's grain exports are down 48.6% year on year at 1.23 million tonnes so far in the 2022/23 season, the agriculture ministry said.
A Turkish bulk carrier is expected to arrive in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Chornomorsk on Friday, the first vessel to reach a Ukrainian harbour during Russia's invasion, the Odesa regional administration said.
The European Union intends to put together another financing package for Ukraine by September that will amount to about 8 billion euros ($8.15 billion), a German government source said.
The war in Ukraine is the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War Two, and Russia must not be allowed to win, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Three new ships with grain leave Ukraine under landmark deal
Three ships loaded with grain under a recently concluded deal have left Ukrainian ports, the Turkish defenсe ministry and Reuters witnesses said on Friday. Read more
UK: Actions Russia has undertaken at Zaporizhzhia NPP have likely undermined security, safety of plant's normal operations
US, Russia, China take part in talks with Southeast Asian nations
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the foreign ministers of Russia and China at a meeting Friday with top diplomats from Southeast Asia at a time when the global powers are riven by tensions. The East Asia Summit of the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Cambodia's capital was the first time the three men were scheduled to take part in the same forum. It came a day after WNBA star Brittney Griner was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to nine years in prison by Russia in a politically charged case amid antagonisms over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.