The latest news about Russia and the war in Ukraine

The latest news about Russia and the war in Ukraine

The United Nations says approximately 5,401 people have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the war

This photo taken on July 15, 2022, shows graves recently made at a cemetery in Vinogradnoe district, Donetsk region, amid Russian military operations in Ukraine.

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The United Nations has confirmed 5,401 civilian deaths and 7,466 injuries in Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24.

“Most recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of large-area explosive weapons, including missiles from heavy rockets, multiple rocket systems, missiles and aerial attacks,” the UN office wrote in a report.

The human rights office added that most of the casualties and injuries, about 93%, were caused by explosive weapons with a high impact in the area.

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Allowing Russia to bully Ukraine will mean ‘open season’ around the world, says Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking to reporters after meeting and visiting the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa, August 8, 2022.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that if Russia is allowed to take territory in Ukraine unchallenged then it will be “open season” around the world.

“If we allow a big country to bully a small country, just invade it and take its territory, then it will be open season, not just in Europe but in the whole world,” the top US diplomat said Monday during his visit. Africa.

He added that it is important for the United States to stand up against Russia because its aggression against Ukraine threatened the foundations of the international system.

– Karen Gilchrist

Ukraine’s ambassador to the IAEA accuses Russia of targeting the blackout

Ukraine’s ambassador to the IAEA nuclear organization said Russian forces want to cause blackouts in southern Ukraine by attacking its Zaporizhzhia nuclear site with missiles.

Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk called for an international delegation to the plant this month, saying it was needed “urgently.”

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Region, is seen through barbed wire on an embankment in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Region, central Ukraine.

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“We will use all possible means of diplomacy to bring the IAEA and the United Nations closer to doing this work,” Tsymbaliuk told reporters in Vienna.

Russia is ready to facilitate the visit, RIA Novosti news agency quoted Russia’s permanent representative to the IAEA as saying.

– Karen Gilchrist

Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia organized a referendum to join Russia

The Russian-appointed administration of Ukraine’s southern region of Zaporizhzhia moved ahead with plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia.

Evgeny Balitsky, head of the occupation administration in Zaporizhzhia, signed the order to start the process, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Vladimir Rogov, a member of the central council appointed by pro-Russian separatists, said the administration was “preparing 100% for the vote,” according to RIA Novosti.

“Everything is going well. We will have a voting structure that is completely understandable to the people. We will not do any experiments,” he said.

It comes as Ukraine and Russia share the blame for a weekend missile attack on a nuclear power plant in the region, an attack that UN chief Antonio Guterres described as “suicidal.”

– Karen Gilchrist

Ukraine warns of Chernobyl attack, wants demilitarized zone near nuclear plant

A large protective dome built over the sarcophagus covering the destroyed fourth reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 2022.

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Kyiv warned of the risk of a Chernobyl-style disaster and called for an area near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to be declared a demilitarized zone following shelling over the weekend.

The head of Ukraine’s nuclear power company, Petro Kotin, called for a team of peacekeepers to be sent to the nuclear camp, which is still operated by Ukrainian technicians.

“The decision that we demand from the international community and all our partners … is to remove the invaders from the base area and create a demilitarized zone on the base area,” Kotin said on television.

“The presence of peacekeepers in this area and the transfer of its control to them, and then the control of the station to the Ukrainian side would solve this problem,” he added.

The call comes hours after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the latest missile strike “suicidal” and called for international inspectors to be given access to the site.

The world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster occurred in 1986 when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northwestern Ukraine exploded.

– Karen Gilchrist

Finland registers the number of asylum seekers

Civilians board an evacuation train in Pokorvsk, amid heavy fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

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Finland registered a record number of asylum seekers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, AFP news agency reported, surpassing the previous high during the 2015 migrant crisis.

More than 37,000 people are currently registered in the reception system, “which is more than before,” the Finnish immigration service said in a statement. One third of those running are children, it added.

More than 6.3 million refugees have fled Ukraine and headed for Europe, according to the latest figures from UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.

– Karen Gilchrist

Russia is strengthening its position and numbers on the southern front of Ukraine

Russian forces are increasing their positions and numbers in southern Ukraine in preparation for a counterattack against Ukraine, British and Ukrainian military officials said.

“Russian troops are almost massing in the south, either waiting for an attack on Ukraine or preparing to attack,” the British Ministry of Defense said.

It added that long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks and tanks continue from Donbas to the southwest of the country.

– Karen Gilchrist

There is no basis for a meeting between Putin and Zelenskyy, says the Kremlin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov waits to watch the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022.

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The Kremlin said there is currently no basis for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In response to a question about Turkey’s proposals for brokered peace talks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that the pair would meet once negotiators from both sides “have done their homework.”

Talks between Moscow and Kyiv have been stalled for months, with each side blaming the other for a lack of progress.

– Karen Gilchrist

UN chief calls attack on Ukraine’s nuclear plant ‘self-sacrifice’

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for international inspectors to be given the opportunity to access the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after Ukraine and Russia blamed each other for attacking the biggest atomic building in Europe with missiles at the weekend.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, in the Russian-controlled Enerhodar region, was seen from Nikopol on April 27, 2022.

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“Any attack [on] A nuclear power plant is suicidal,” Guterres told a news conference in Japan, where he was attending the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on Saturday to mark the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack.

Despite the missile launch, the nuclear reactor was operating “normally,” the Interfax news agency quoted Yevgeniy Balitsky, head of the region’s Russian-appointed administration, as saying.

Russian forces seized the plant in southeastern Ukraine in early March, shortly after Feb. 24 invasion of its neighbor, but it is still operated by Ukrainian technicians.

– Karen Gilchrist

Former Russian President Medvedev says Moscow will achieve its goals in Ukraine

Deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexandrovsky Park near the Kremlin wall in Moscow on June 22, 2022.

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Former Russian President and one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, Dmitry Medvedev, said Moscow will achieve its goals in the Ukraine conflict on its own terms.

“Russia is conducting a special military operation in Ukraine and is getting peace on our terms,” ​​Medvedev, who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s security council, told Russian state news agency Tass in an interview.

He also warned that the West has a long-term plan to destroy Russia, citing the expansion of the NATO military alliance as an example: “The goal is one: to destroy Russia,” he said.

– Karen Gilchrist

Two grain ships leave Ukraine as a third port opens

Turkish-flagged ship “Polarnet” carrying grain from Ukraine arrives at Derince Port, Kocaeli, Turkey, August 8, 2022.

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Two more ships carrying corn and soybeans left a Ukrainian Black Sea port, Ukrainian and Turkish authorities said.

The ships—one carrying 11,000 tons of soybeans and the other 48,458 tons of corn—were bound for Italy and Turkey, respectively. Meanwhile, a third port, Pivdennyi, was opened on Monday, boosting the country’s limited shipping capacity.

Ten shipments have now left Ukraine’s shores since last week under a new deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations in an effort to ease the world’s worsening food crisis.

So far, about 243,000 tons of corn have been shipped from Ukraine on seven ships since the first departure in August. 1, according to a Reuters tally of data from the Turkish Defense Ministry. Other ships carried 11,000 tons of soybeans, 6,000 tons of sunflower oil and 45,000 tons of sunflower flour.

– Karen Gilchrist

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