“This must happen without any conditions”. Kuleba: “Aiea ready to send mission”. The news on the war
“The Russian military must withdraw from the territory of the nuclear plant and all surrounding areas and remove their military equipment from the plant: this must be done without any conditions and as soon as possible”. Volodymyr Zelensky returns to demand immediate Russian withdrawal from Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plantoccupied for months by the forces of Moscow, in the video released in the night on the eve of its meeting, scheduled for today, with the secretary of the United Nations, António Guterres.
Zelensky said that Ukrainian diplomats and technicians are working together with the IAEA to get an international atomic agency mission to the plant and that only “absolute transparency” and “a controlled situation” can guarantee the return to nuclear safety. .
The head of the international atomic agency is “ready to lead an IAEA delegation to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, in response to Ukraine’s invitation”. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister writes on Twitter Dmytro Kuleba reporting a phone call with the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi. “I stressed the urgency of the mission to address the threats to nuclear safety caused by the hostilities of the Russians,” added Kuleba.
There Meanwhile, Russia accuses Ukraine of preparing “a sensational provocation” at the nuclear power plant for tomorrow during the visit to Ukraine by UN Secretary General António Guterres. This was stated, speaking with reporters, by the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.
According to Konashenkov, the goal of the “Kiev regime” is to accuse Russia “of creating a man-made disaster at this power plant”. The Russian spokesman argued that the subdivisions of the 44th Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (APU) are planning to launch artillery attacks on the territory around the nuclear power plant from firing positions located in the city of Nikopol. “The blame for their consequences will be attributed to the Russian armed forces,” Konashenkov said.
The Russian armed forces, it was later stated, “have no heavy weapons in the territory of the plant or in the surrounding areas, only a guard unit”.
KHARKIV – At least seven people were killed and another 16 wounded in the night bombing conducted by the Russians in Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine. Mayor Ihor Terekhov said a multi-story building was hit. According to local media, the building was hit by a cruise missile which caused a fire. The regional governor, Oleh Syniehubov, specified that other areas of the city have also been affected and the situation is “quite chaotic”.
President Zelensky condemned “the cowardly and cynical attack on civilians for which there is no justification”. Specifying that the block of flats has been “completely destroyed” he stated that “we will not forgive, we will have our revenge”.