Russo-Ukrainian war: Moscow imposes conditions on visiting a nuclear power plant; Zelenskiy shakes up security chiefs – live | Ukraine

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Ukraine received six more M109 Howitzers of Latviaannounced its Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov.

6 more M109 howitzers recently arrived in 🇺🇦 from 🇱🇻 are already showing results on the battlefield. I am sincerely grateful to my colleague 🇱🇻 @Pabriks & the Latvian people for their unwavering support.
Together we will win! pic.twitter.com/t5F3n7parJ

— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) August 15, 2022

Regarding grain shipments from Ukrainian ports, a total of five shipstwo from the port of Yuzhny and three from Chernomorsk, departed from Ukrainian ports laden with corn and wheat.

In addition, four ships en route to Ukrainian ports will be inspected by the Joint Coordination Center today, the Turkish Defense Ministry added in a statement. announcement early this morning.

The first shipment of humanitarian food aid to Africa of Ukraine since the invasion of Russia would have left Ukrainian port from Pivdennyi.

The Brave Commander ship was seen leaving port, according to data from Refinitiv Eikon.

Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov confirmed the news saying the cargo ship is expected to arrive in Ethiopia in two weeks.

Earlier, a joint coordination center, set up by Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations, said it had approved the ship’s departure.

Russia sets conditions for visit to nuclear power plant

The United Nations has the logistical and security means to support a visit by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power planta spokesman said, but a Russian diplomat imposed conditions, saying passing any mission through the Ukrainian capital was too dangerous.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that “in close contact with the IAEA, the UN secretariat has assessed that it has the logistical and security capacity in Ukraine to be able to support any mission of the IAEA to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Kyiv”.

But he said Russia and Ukraine had to agree.

An overview of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine on August 13. Photograph: Planet Labs Pbc/Reuters

However, a senior Russian diplomat said such an IAEA mission could not pass through the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and through the front line because it was too dangerous.

The RIA news agency, a Russian state media outlet, quoted Igor Vishnevetsky, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry’s nuclear proliferation and arms control department, as telling reporters:

Imagine what it means to go through Kyiv – it means that they arrive at the nuclear power plant from the front line.

This is a huge risk, given that the Ukrainian armed forces are not all made up the same way.

Russia’s Tass news agency also quoted Vishnevetsky as saying that such a mission had no mandate to deal with the “demilitarization” of the plant as Kyiv demanded because it could only deal with “respect for IAEA safeguards”.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres previously called for an end to military activities around the plant.

The Russian Defense Minister and the UN chief discussed the security situation at the plant on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russia earlier said it would facilitate an IAEA mission to the plant amid warnings from the UN nuclear agency of a nuclear disaster unless the fighting stopped.

Zelenskiy calls for action at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for action against Russia’s Zaporizhzhia power plant, urging the world not to “lose to terrorism” or “give in to nuclear blackmail”.

In his evening address, he said:

All Russian troops must be immediately withdrawn from the factory and surrounding areas without any conditions.

…if now the world lacks the strength and determination to protect a nuclear power plant, that means the world is a loser. Lose to terrorists. Give in to nuclear blackmail.

If now the world does not show strength and determination to defend a single nuclear power plant, it will mean that the world has lost.

Any radiological incident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant can affect countries of the European Union, Turkey, Georgia and countries in more distant regions. It all depends solely on the direction and speed of the wind. If Russia’s actions cause a catastrophe, the consequences could also hit those who remain silent so far.

A Russian soldier stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
A Russian soldier stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters

Ukrainian and Russian officials reported shelling near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant on Monday, with the two sides blaming each other.

A Russian-installed regional official said 25 heavy artillery rounds from US-made M777 howitzers hit near the factory and residential areas. Ukraine said it was Russian forces that bombed the town in an attempt to make it look like Ukraine was attacking it.

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll bring you all the latest developments in a short time. Whether you’ve been following our coverage overnight or just passed by, here are the final lines.

The The United Nations has the logistical and security capacity to support a visit by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power planta spokesman said, but a Russian diplomat imposed conditions, saying passing any mission through the Ukrainian capital was too dangerous.

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskydismissed the heads of the security services of the Kyiv regional departments, Kyiv region, Ternopil and Lviv regions – the latest in a series of expulsions of senior officials.

It’s 7:30 a.m. in Ukraine. Here’s everything you might have missed:

  • Ukrainian and Russian officials reported shelling near Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, on Monday, with both sides blaming each other. A Russian-installed regional official said 25 heavy artillery rounds from US-made M777 howitzers hit near the factory and residential areas. Ukraine said it was Russian forces that bombed the town in an attempt to make it look like Ukraine was attacking it.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, called for action at Russia’s Zaporizhzhia plant, urging the world not to “lose to terrorism” or “give in to nuclear blackmail… If now the world does not show strength and determination to defend a nuclear power plant, it will mean that the world has lost”, a- he declared in his evening address. “If Russia’s actions cause a catastrophe, the consequences can also hit those who remain silent until now.”

  • Russian Defense Minister and UN chief discussed the security situation at the plant by phone on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russia earlier said it would facilitate an IAEA mission to the plant amid warnings from the UN nuclear agency of a nuclear disaster unless the fighting stopped.

  • However, a senior Russian diplomat said such an IAEA mission could not pass through Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and the frontline because it was too dangerous, according to Russian news agencies. The UN claims to have the logistical and security capacity to support an expert visit.

  • Five Europeans stand trial for mercenary in separatist-controlled Donetsk, Ukraine. Mathias Gustafsson of Sweden, Vjekoslav Prebeg of Croatia and Britons John Harding, Andrew Hill and Dylan Healy have all pleaded not guilty to charges of being mercenaries and ‘training to take power by force’, according to media reports. Russians. They face the death penalty under the laws of the self-proclaimed and unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic.

  • Three civilians were killed and two injured by an explosive device as they swam in the Black Sea in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, local police said. People working at a construction site allegedly ignored barriers and warning signs on a beach in the Belhorod-Dnistrovskyi district and bathed in the sea. Three men aged 25, 32 and 53 were killed and one another man and a woman were injured, police said.

  • British army trains 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in marksmanship, battlefield first aid and urban warfare. The aim of British trainers is to turn raw recruits into combat-ready soldiers within weeks. The first batch arrived last month and has already been sent back to replenish depleted Ukrainian units. Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the Nordic countries also sent trainers.

  • Moscow-appointed administration in Ukraine’s Kherson region plans to hold referendum September 11, according to Kremlin sources. Referendums are also planned in three other Ukrainian regions – Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia – where Moscow aims to annex the territories and declare them a new region of Russia.

On August 15, a Ukrainian soldier sits in a foxhole at a position along the front line in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
On August 15, a Ukrainian soldier sits in a foxhole at a position along the front line in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images