Hundreds of children have died since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine. (Iconic image)Credit: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire
09/03/2022, 08:5303.09.2022, 13:07
The war of aggression in Ukraine has been going on for more than half a year now. While Kyiv, according to its own statements, launched a counter-offensive to recapture the city of Cherson, the struggle for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant continues. The concern of a nuclear catastrophe is growing.
For weeks, Kyiv and Moscow have been blaming each other for the escalation surrounding the nuclear facility. On Monday, a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) left for Enerhodar to check the safety of the nuclear power plant, and they reached the power plant for the first time on Thursday. Here you will find the most important news about the war in Ukraine.
11:16 am: Kyiv: At least 380 children killed in the war in Ukraine
According to information from Kyiv, at least 380 children have been killed since the Russian war against Ukraine began more than six months ago. This was announced by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on Saturday in the Telegram news channel. In addition, at least 737 children have been injured in the past six months. The public prosecutor pointed out that these are preliminary figures. It is difficult to collect data in Russian-occupied or contested areas.
In the Donetsk region in the east, with 388 victims, most of the children were injured and killed. followed by the Kharkiv region (204). In addition, a total of 2,328 educational institutions were damaged by bombs or shelling. 289 of them were completely destroyed. The authority blamed Russia for this.
10:25 am: Melnyk’s successor named
Ukraine has now officially named the successor to the current ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk. The government in Kyiv has made a so-called request for agrément for Oleksiy Makeyev, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said on Saturday on request. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has already given this agrément – i.e. the consent of the host country for diplomatic activities. The “Welt am Sonntag” reported first. The agrément is one of several steps leading to the final accreditation of an ambassador.
8.31 a.m .: Atomic Energy Agency worried after Zaporizhia was shelled
In view of the ongoing shelling of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is occupied by Russian troops, international experts fear for safety there after a visit. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said in Vienna that his greatest concern remains that the nuclear power plant could be severely damaged by further shelling. Although damage is obvious and unacceptable, important safety elements such as the power plant’s power supply are working.
Rafael Grossi is concerned about the shelling of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images
The cooperation between the Russian occupiers and the Ukrainian staff is also working to some extent on a professional level, Grossi said on Friday evening after his return from Ukraine at Vienna Airport. He expects a detailed analysis of the safety of the power plant by the experts who remain on site in the course of the next week. Six IAEA experts are still at the nuclear power plant. Four would return, with two staying on site until further notice.
He doesn’t have the impression that the Russian occupiers have hidden anything. “We saw everything I wanted to see,” said Grossi. A crucial difference to before is also that he now learns from his own sources what is happening on site.
8.02 a.m .: Ukraine wants to deliver nuclear energy to Germany
Ukraine wants to support Germany with the delivery of nuclear power on its way out of dependence on Russian energy supplies. “Currently, Ukraine exports its electricity to Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Poland. But we are quite ready to expand our exports to Germany,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal told the German Press Agency. “We have enough electricity in Ukraine thanks to our nuclear power plants. I’ll address that during my visit to Berlin and then to Brussels.”
The nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia in the border area between Ukraine and the Russian-occupied territory is currently in the headlines.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images
Schmyhal is expected in Berlin on Saturday and will be received by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the Chancellery on Sunday. Parallel to the Russian invasion at the end of February, the Ukraine, together with the neighboring country of Moldova, disconnected from the former Soviet power grid. Synchronization with the European network took place in mid-March.
11.41 a.m .: After the IAEA visit, Selenskyj urges the demilitarization of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed his disappointment after experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began inspecting Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. In his nightly speech on Thursday, he accused the IAEA of not having clearly called for the “demilitarization” of the nuclear site, which is under Russian control.
The demilitarization of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is the most important thing that needs to happen now, Zelensky said. It is “unfortunate that we have not yet heard the relevant messages from the IAEA,” continued the head of state. He spoke about it on Tuesday during a meeting with IAEA boss Rafael Grossi in Kyiv. “That was the key, the key! The security aspect of our agreements: demilitarization and full control by our nuclear workers,” Zelenskyy said.
6.38 a.m. Ukrainian head of government calls for German battle tanks
Before his visit to Germany, the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal called on the federal government to use battle tanks to ward off the Russian attackers. “We need a change in the philosophy of arms deliveries. By that I mean: Modern main battle tanks should also be delivered,” said Schmyhal in an interview with the German Press Agency. “We expect the USA to deliver their Abrams tanks to us and we expect Leopard 2 from Germany. These are them modern tanks that Ukraine needs on the battlefield.”
Denys Schmyhal has been Prime Minister of Ukraine since March 2020.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images
Schmyhal is expected in Berlin on Saturday. On Sunday he will be received by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Chancellery. He is the highest-ranking Ukrainian politician to visit Berlin since the Russian war of aggression began a good six months ago.
After initial hesitation, Germany has delivered a number of heavy weapons to Ukraine in recent months: Ten heavy artillery pieces of the Panzerhaubitze 2000 type, 15 anti-aircraft tanks, three multiple rocket launchers and three armored recovery vehicles.
6.14 a.m .: IAEA experts examine the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
IAEA experts have been in the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant since Thursday to assess damage – despite the dangerous situation, they were shown in pictures without a helmet. One wants to establish a permanent mission, said IAEA boss Grossi. He spoke of a “long-awaited visit”. The nuclear power plant has come under fire again and again for months. Moscow and Kyiv blame each other for this.
The IAEA experts have been at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant since Thursday.Image: Andriy Andriyenko/AP/dpa
Russia had shown itself open to a permanent IAEA mission at the power plant. Kyiv, on the other hand, insists on the complete withdrawal of Russian troops and a demilitarization of the power plant area, which Moscow rejects. The IAEA mission should represent the first step. Grossi said on Wednesday that the inspection should initially take several days. A representative of the Russian occupiers said on Russian state television that the inspectors should stay at least until next Saturday.
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