Zelenski accuses the Russian army of creating another extremely risky situation for all of Europe by hitting the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant twice. Russia must bear the responsibility for the “act of terror”, claims the Ukrainian president. Kiev and Moscow have accused each other of strikes near a nuclear reactor of the plant in southern Ukraine.
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USA: Ukraine war causes 40 million people to suffer from hunger
UPDATE 14:55 The United States Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will make 40 million people unable to secure their food and that sub-Saharan Africa will be the most affected, notes Reuters.
African governments have largely avoided taking sides in the European conflict and have refused to join Western condemnation and sanctions.
While energy, climate change, pandemic and conflict are the root causes of global food supply problems, the “most insidious source” is hunger intentionally used as a weapon of war, Thomas-Greenfield said.
“Russia has systematically captured some of the most productive agricultural land in Ukraine, destroying the fields with mines and bombs. No matter what you think about Russia, we all have a strong common interest in mitigating the impact of the war in Ukraine on food security,” the US official concluded.
Amnesty International’s head for Ukraine has resigned
UPDATE 13:40 The head of Amnesty International for Ukraine, Oksana Pokalciuk, resigned on Saturday, after Kiev criticized a report by the organization that accused the Ukrainian army of endangering the lives of civilians, reports AFP.
In a statement released Friday night on his Facebook page, Pokalciuk admits that the August 4 report unintentionally served Russian propaganda.
On Friday, Amnesty fully accepted the report in which it showed that the Ukrainian armed forces are installing military infrastructure in residential areas, in schools and hospitals, which endangers civilians and violates international law, informs Agerpres.
“We have documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces endangering civilians and violating the laws of war when they operate in populated areas,” notes the general secretary of this organization, Agnes Callamard, in the document.
Zelensky: The Russians hit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant twice. It is a shameless crime
UPDATE 7:49 Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Russia must bear responsibility for the “act of terror” at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye under Russian occupation, the target of strikes for which Kiev and Moscow accuse each other, AFP notes, quoted by Agerpres.
On Friday, “the occupiers created another extremely risky situation for all of Europe: they hit twice the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye, the largest on our continent,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in the daily video speech.
“Any bombing of this site is a shameless crime, an act of terror. Russia must bear the responsibility of the very fact that it created a threat to a nuclear power plant,” he continued.
Kiev and Moscow have accused each other of strikes near a nuclear reactor at the Zaporozhye plant in southern Ukraine.
A reactor was shut down following the attack at the Zaporozhye plant
UPDATE 7.22 Kiev and Moscow accused each other of strikes near a nuclear reactor at the Zaporozhye plant in southern Ukraine. A high voltage line was damaged in this attack, triggering the shutdown of one of the plant’s reactors.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that the situation is “volatile” at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and is becoming “more and more dangerous every day”.
When the plant was captured in March, the Russian military opened fire on buildings on the site, creating the risk of a major nuclear accident, according to AFP.
British Defense Minister: Russians endanger Zaporozhye nuclear power plant
UPDATE 7:00 The actions of the Russian forces are likely to endanger the security and safety of the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye, in the southeast of Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense concludes, based on the information provided by its secret services, according to DPA, cited by Agerpres.
“After five months of occupation, Russia’s intentions regarding the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye remain unclear,” the ministry says. “Nevertheless, the actions they (the Russians) took at this facility most likely undermined the security and safety of the plant’s normal operation,” according to him.
Russian forces used artillery units installed in areas near the plant to hit Ukrainian territory on the west bank of the Dnieper River, the report said.
At the same time, the Russians used the area around the plant, particularly the adjacent town of Enerhodar, to give its forces a break, “using the plant’s status as a protected objective to reduce the risk of possible nighttime Ukrainian attacks on its equipment and forces.” .
Editor : A.A.