Russia and Ukraine: UN experts remain at the nuclear plant in Zaporozhye, the Ukrainian army is preparing a counteroffensive in the east of the country – BBC News in Serbian

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Russian forces control the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the banner of the United Nations carried out the first inspection of the condition of the nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye, which has been controlled by Russian forces for months.

“The power plant and the physical integrity of the power plant were damaged several times,” said Rafael Grossi, director of the agency.

The Ukrainian army is preparing a counter-offensive in the east of the country, military officials confirmed to the BBC.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the Kremlin announced.

The director of the Russian branch of the oil company Lukoil died after falling through the window of the hospital in Moscow where he was being treated.

Despite the fighting going on in the east and south of the country, a new school year started in Ukraine on Thursday, and many parents fear how their children will get used to the war environment.

UN inspectors remain in Zaporizhia

Accompanied by the Russian army, after several delays due to the exchange of fire and bombing, the UN inspectors arrived at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which has been fighting for weeks.

“We are not leaving here. The IAEA is finally there, it is in the power plant and it is not leaving – it will stay there,” Grossi said after returning to the territory controlled by Ukraine.

Grossi did not say how many inspectors will remain in Zaporizhia and until when.

Russian news agency Interfax reported that between 8 and 12 inspectors would remain at the power plants, while Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom claimed there would be five.

Grossi said that the fighting that has been going on for weeks around Zaporozhye will not “stop the inspection” of the power plant.

“There were times when the shooting was obvious, heavy weapons, artillery shells, two or three times it was really worrying, I would say, for all of us,” he described,

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The IAEA team members are also supposed to talk to the Ukrainian workers who are left to operate the plant.

Some of them claim that Russian troops are using Zaporozhye as a military base, while some of them say that they are forced to work in a nuclear plant.

Oli Heinonen, the former head of the IAEA, told the BBC that even if inspectors do talk to the workers, they are unlikely to be “as open as they would like” out of fear for their own safety and that of their families.

IAEA experts should prepare a report, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasized that the document must be impartial and objective.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure that the power plant operates safely and that the mission there carries out all plans,” Lavrov said at a meeting with students in Moscow.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of sabotaging the mission of the International Agency.


And 191.

  • UN inspectors entered Zaporozhye for the first time, several members of the team remain in the power plant
  • Zaporozhye nuclear power plant reactor stopped due to Russian bombing: Kiev
  • A new school year has started in Ukraine, about 40 percent of schools have opened their doors to students
  • The head of the Russian branch of the oil company Lukoil died after falling through a hospital window in Moscow
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev due to commitments: Kremlin
  • Since the start of the war, nearly 5,600 civilians have died, and nearly a third of Ukrainians have fled their homes since the start of the Russian invasion, the UN says
  • In the past six months, 377 children were killed and more than 700 were wounded, the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office claims.

Stopped operation of the reactor in Zaporizhia

The reactor at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was stopped due to Russian bombing, the Ukrainian agency Energoatom announced, while the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to conduct an on-site inspection.

“After the mortar bombardment of the Zaporozhye power plant location, the emergency system was activated and unit number five was turned off,” according to Energoatom’s announcement on Telegram.

The shutdown of the reactor due to the attack occurred at the moment when the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency was supposed to arrive to inspect the plant.

The first man of the Russian oil giant Lukoil died after falling through a hospital window

Ravil Maganov, the first man of the Russian oil giant Lukoil, died after falling through a hospital window in Moscow, the media reported.

Sixty-seven-year-old Maganov was treated at the Central Clinical Hospital, and died from injuries sustained during the fall.

He is the latest in a series of prominent Russian businessmen in high positions who have died under unexplained circumstances.

Not long after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Lukoil company called for an end to the war in a statement.

In March, Lukoil’s board of directors called for an end to the conflict, saying it sympathized with the victims of the “tragedy.”

Ravil Maganov became the head of Lukoil’s management board two years ago.

He started working for this private oil company in 1993.

In May, Aleksandar Suboti, a former manager at Lukoil, also died under unexplained circumstances.

The beginning of the school year in fear of war

James Waterhouse, correspondent from Ukraine

For many families, September should bring normalcy and a new chance to meet friends, just like every start of the school year.

This year, however, only 40 percent of schools in Ukraine have fully reopened, according to local authorities.

As for the school facilities in the occupied territories, Western officials claim that families are forced to bring their children to schools, where Russian-hired teachers “reprogram” them.

This, they claim, they intend to achieve with a modified school curriculum in which it is claimed that Ukraine is a fictional nation.

In the capital, Kyiv, 75 percent of schools are ready to accept students, but only 25 percent of students currently want to return to the classrooms.

Many school buildings need renovation that could take months, local politicians want to show that there are conditions for students to sit in the classrooms again.

One thing is certain – this generation of Ukrainian students will definitely be marked by the war.

Why is Kherson important for Ukraine?

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Ukrainian soldiers prepare artillery at the southern front line near Kherson last month

The Ukrainian army is trying to recapture Kherson due to its strategic importance and to prevent the Russians from holding a “pseudo-referendum” in that area.

Domitila Sagramoso of King’s College London tells the BBC that Kherson has multiple “operational and strategic” significance.

The first reason is the geostrategic position of the city on the Dnieper River, and the second is that it is easier to defend the Black Sea coast and the port there from Kherson.

Finally, the important fact is that Kherson is close to the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, Sagramoso points out.

As one of the few cities north of the Dnieper that Moscow controls, Kherson could be used as a base for Russian military advances towards other important points in the south, such as Nikolaev and Odessa.

The North Crimean Canal, which receives water from the Dnieper and supplies fresh water to the peninsula, allows Russia to restore water resources in the area.

Control of Kherson would help Ukraine better protect its Black Sea coast and key ports.

This would allow her to “continue the grain trade and protect the entire region”, she adds.


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Gasovod Severni tok 1 closed again

Russia has completely suspended gas deliveries to Europe via Nord Stream 1 due to necessary repairs, Moscow says.

Restrictions on this large gas pipeline will last three days, said Gazprom, the energy giant owned by the Russian Federation.

Russia has already significantly reduced the amount of gas it delivers to Europe through this pipeline.

From that country, they reject accusations that they are using energy as a means to punish Western countries for imposing sanctions on Russia due to the war in Ukraine.


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Where do the refugees go?

According to the data of the United Nationssince the beginning of the war on February 24, more than ten million people have fled Ukraine, six million of which have gone to neighboring countries.

  • 4.1 million to Poland
  • 1.3 million to Russia
  • 814,000 to Hungary
  • 691,000 to Romania
  • 525,000 to Slovakia
  • 507,000 to Moldova
  • 16,000 to Belarus

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