Russian aggression in Ukraine: IAEA calls for the creation of a “safety zone” at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia | 7/9/2022


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– The IAEA called for the creation of a “safety and protection zone” around the nuclear power plant and described the current situation as “unsustainable”.

The report states:

“There is an urgent need to take temporary measures to prevent a nuclear accident caused by physical damage by military means. This can be achieved by the immediate establishment of a nuclear safety and protection zone.”

The UN agency called for shelling of the compound and its surroundings “to be stopped immediately to prevent further damage to the power plant and related facilities”.

In addition to establishing a safety zone around the plant, the IAEA recommended that the working conditions of Ukrainian personnel operating the plant be improved.

The report reads: “Ukrainian personnel operating a power plant under Russian military occupation are under constant high stress and pressure, especially with limited staffing. This is not sustainable and could lead to an increased incidence of human error with implications for nuclear safety.

– The Ukrainian army repelled several Russian offensives in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, the army’s general staff said. In a situation report from Tuesday evening, the Ukrainian military also said that Russian targets in the Donetsk region had been destroyed.

– In the Kherson region, “Ukrainians continue to make some progress”, including the recapture of villages. The US has also seen “some offensive activity by Russian forces … near Bakhmut,” Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said.

– Serhii Hajday, the governor of Luhansk region, said that Ukrainian troops “gained a foothold” in the eastern region.
In an update posted on Telegram, Haidaj said that Ukrainian forces “made some progress” in the Luhansk region and repelled Russian attacks.

– Ukrainian forces conduct counter-offensive actions in the east and southeast of the country, said a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president. Oleksiy Arestovych said that Kiev troops “liberated several settlements on the west bank of the Dnieper” and that Russian forces on the right bank of the Dnieper will be in an “extremely difficult” position within a month.

– According to newly declassified US intelligence findings, the Russian Defense Ministry is in the process of buying millions of missiles and artillery shells from North Korea to support the invasion of Ukraine. A US official said the fact that Russia is reaching out to North Korea shows that “the Russian military continues to suffer from a severe shortage of supplies to Ukraine, partly as a result of export controls and sanctions”.

– According to the local mayor, a strong explosion in the occupied town of Enerhodar, where the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is located, interrupted water and electricity supplies.

– Russia’s largest gas pipeline to Europe will not resume pumping until Siemens Energy repairs faulty equipment, Gazprom said. Siemens Energy said the engine oil leak from the last remaining operating turbine at the Portovaja compressor station was not a reason to shut down the pipeline.

– The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the United States is responsible for the crisis in gas supplies to Europe, which is pushing European officials to take the “suicidal” step of cutting off economic and energy cooperation with Moscow.

– The Kremlin has said that Russia will not fully resume gas supplies to Europe until the West lifts sanctions against Moscow. In an interview with reporters on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed sanctions for Russia not supplying gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. “Sanctions are very important for Russia,” Peskov said. “It is these sanctions imposed by Western states that have brought the situation to what we see now.”

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the energy crisis in Europe on sanctions imposed on Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine
, which is a line that the Kremlin also takes. European countries are “reaping what they have sown” when they imposed economic restrictions on Russia, Erdogan added.

– According to authorities appointed by Moscow, an official appointed by Russia was seriously injured in a car explosion in the occupied city of Berdyansk in the south of Ukraine. He later died. Artem Bardin, who was appointed commander of the occupation administration of Berdiansk, was taken to hospital in a “serious condition”.

– Ukraine’s main Western allies have not yet signed up to the creation of a tribunal to try Vladimir Putin and his inner circle for the crime of aggression, according to top Ukrainian officials. Andriy Smyrnov, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, said Western allies were “putting their foot into the closing door in relations with Russia so that it does not close completely.”

– US President Joe Biden has decided not to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, the White House said. Designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism – a designation pushed by Ukraine – could delay food exports and jeopardize agreements to transport goods across the Black Sea, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.

– The chief of staff of jailed Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny said that worsening conditions in prison are threatening his health. In a post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts last week, Navalny wrote through his lawyers that he was sent to prison for the third time in August in retaliation for his political activities.

– A Russian court sentenced journalist Ivan Safronov to 22 years in prison on trumped-up charges of high treason. The conviction of Safronov, a former defense reporter for the Kommersant and Vedomosti newspapers, shocked friends and supporters who gathered at the court on Monday to protest his imprisonment. The editors of Russia’s Kommersant newspaper published a front-page editorial in support of Safronov on Tuesday.

– On Monday, a Moscow court revoked the print media license of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, effectively banning it from operating in Russia. Editor-in-chief Dmitriy Muratov said the decision was a “political blow without the slightest legal basis”. He said the paper would appeal.

– The same Russian court then on Tuesday revoked the license of Novaya Gazeta’s sister magazine, “No” (“But”). Novaya Gazeta is one of the most important independent newspapers in the country. Since it was founded by Muratov and his colleagues in 1993, it has dealt with corruption in and outside Russia, as well as the wars in Chechnya.


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