As the Russo-Ukrainian war enters its 165th day, let’s take a look at the main developments.
Here are the main events on Saturday, August 6.
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- The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, has sounded the alarm about the situation in Ukraine. Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after shelling damaged parts of the compound on Friday, said any skirmishes near the area were like “playing with fire”.
- The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the plant, saying the radioactive leak could only have been avoided by luck.
- The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has attacked Russia for the attacks that damaged Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. “The incident is yet another example of Russia’s disregard for international norms,” he said.
- Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom confirmed that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant had been “seriously damaged” and that one of its reactors had been forced to shut down.
- Russia began an attack on two important cities, Bakhmut and Avdiivka, is a cornerstone of the defense around the last urban area held by Ukraine in the eastern Donbas region.
- The UK Ministry of Defense said the war in Ukraine was “about to enter a new phase”, with most of the fighting shifting to a front of nearly 350 kilometers (217 miles) stretching southwest from near Zaporizhzhia to Kherson. .
- The Ukrainian military said in a Facebook update that Russian shelling had been recorded in dozens of towns along the eastern and southern front lines.
- Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said it had begun criminal proceedings over what it said were missile and artillery shelling by the Russian military on the Zaporizhzhia power plant on Friday.
Diplomacy and Economy
- United Nations and Japanese officials warn against nuclear buildup “at a time of growing geopolitical tensions” as they mark the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
- Presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak announced that North Macedonia has agreed to provide Ukraine with Soviet-era tanks and aircraft to help fight the Russian invasion.
- The head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine office, Oksana Pokalchuk, has left the organization for the publication of a controversial report that she says is critical of Kremlin propaganda.
- Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said a ship carrying a foreign flag arrived in Ukraine on Saturday for the first time since the war began and will be loaded with grain, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said.
- Washington said a senior US Treasury official will visit Indonesia and Singapore next week to talk to his counterparts about a potential price ceiling on Russian oil exports planned in response to the meeting. Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
- Germans will have to save at least 20% of their energy consumption to avoid a gas shortage in December due to reductions Russian gas flowThe head of Germany’s network regulator Klaus Mueller said.