Kyiv, Berlin After another emergency shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant occupied by Russian forces in the Ukraine the situation there remains extremely tense. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Moscow that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was “just one step away from a nuclear catastrophe” for the second time because of Russian provocations.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to report on Tuesday on the results of its fact-finding mission to Zaporizhia.
Tuesday marks the 195th day of Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion. One of Ukraine’s most vocal supporters, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnsonwill hand over to Liz Truss – the new leader of the Conservative Party.
Unsafe situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
Ukrainian power plant operator Enerhoatom countered fears on Monday evening that control over radiation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant had been lost. It was only because of an internet failure earlier in the day that no measurement data on radiation was transmitted to the responsible authority for a short time.
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In the nuclear power plant, which had been endangered by fighting for weeks, the sixth and last reactor was shut down on Monday due to a fire in a high-voltage line. Connection to the electricity grid of Ukraine was lost for the second time since August 25. The IAEA, citing Ukrainian information, announced that the backup power connection to a combined heat and power plant had been shut down to extinguish the fire.
President Zelensky attributed the damage to shelling by Russian troops. “Russia is only interested in keeping the situation as bad as possible for as long as possible,” he said in his video address that evening. “This can only be corrected by tightening the sanctions.” Russia and Ukraine have been mutually responsible for weeks. As a rule, the information you provide can hardly be independently verified.
Because of the great concern of the international community, IAEA experts visited Zaporizhia last week. IAEA Director Rafael Grossi wants to publish the report on the mission on Tuesday and also present it to the Security Council in New York in the evening.
According to a media report, Russia buys ammunition in North Korea
Russia apparently gets artillery ammunition and grenades from North Korea because of Western sanctions. The Times newspaper reports citing recently released information from the US Secret Service.
This is how the Handelsblatt reports on the Ukraine war and the consequences:
The buying showed that sanctions were beginning to take hold, limiting Russia’s ability to sustain its invasion of Ukraine, the paper quoted two US officials as saying. Ukraine has launched a counter-offensive in several places, having previously destroyed Russian ammunition dumps.
Putin approves new foreign policy doctrine – concept of “Russian world”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new foreign policy doctrine based on the concept of the “Russian world”. Russia should “protect, preserve and promote the traditions and ideals of the Russian world,” according to the 31-page document published on Monday. “The Russian Federation supports its compatriots living abroad in enforcing their rights in order to ensure the protection of their interests and the preservation of their Russian cultural identity.”
Ongoing Russian attacks in Donbass
According to the General Staff in Kyiv, the Russian army again shelled dozens of places in the Donbass with artillery and aircraft. The evening report by the Ukrainian military leadership also listed eight places in the east where Russian assaults had been repelled. This included the area around the town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, where the Russian advance has been stuck for weeks.
According to local authorities, a Russian rocket hit a fuel depot near the industrial city of Kryvyi Rih. The shelling also hit other places in the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine. A woman was killed and three were injured, it said.
Ukraine hopes for Johnson’s successor Truss
Ukraine hopes that close cooperation with Britain will continue under future Prime Minister Truss, Zelenskiy said in his video address. “We know them well. She has always been on the bright side of European politics.”
Before that he had said goodbye to the outgoing Prime Minister Johnson with emotional words. “They say there are no friends in politics. But Boris – that’s the case where you understand each other on demand.” He thanked Johnson on behalf of all Ukrainians for his solidarity. “Boris has been with us since the first minute of Russia’s all-out war on Ukraine and Europe.”
Under Johnson’s leadership, Britain has provided Ukraine with strong military, political and financial support against Russia. Since the beginning of the war on February 24, the prime minister has traveled to Kyiv three times.
Gazprom speaks of design flaws in the German turbine
The Kremlin on Monday blamed the West for the lack of gas supplies and demanded that sanctions against Russia be lifted. The gas giant Gazprom referred to technical reasons that made it impossible to transport gas through the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1: A turbine from SiemensEnergy could become dangerous due to a design flaw and should not be operated under Russian law. There is a risk of fire and explosion.
As feared abroad, Gazprom did not resume gas supplies to Europe on Saturday after scheduled turbine maintenance. The company justified this with allegedly leaking oil from the unit. The problem has also been observed in other turbines of this type, Gazprom said. This suggests that the error was created in the construction.
SiemensEnergy rejected the presentation. A spokesman said the reported finding was no reason to stop operations. “Such leaks do not normally affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed on site.” The federal government considers the alleged technical problems with Nord Stream 1 to be a Russian pretext.
That will be important on Tuesday
The Russian President is traveling in the Far East of his country. Among other things, he wants to attend a major military maneuver there, in which soldiers from China and India also take part.