Foreign ministers of G7 countries have asked Russia Return control to Ukraine over the captured nuclear station in Zaporizhia, They emphasize that Ukrainian specialists will have to work without hindrances and pressures. They also indicate that an International Atomic Energy Agency mission should be allowed to observe the station.
The G7 statement warns of an increased risk of a “nuclear accident or incident” due to the presence of Russian troops in the area of the plant, which would “endanger the population of Ukraine, neighboring states and the international community.” ,
About 500 Russian troops are believed to be stationed there and are likely to launch attacks against targets in Ukrainian-held areas across the river.
Ukraine says the action was deliberate because Russian troops use the plant as a shield, knowing that Ukrainian forces would refrain from bombing it. 13 killed in shelling in the nearby town of MarganetsIn one such Russian attack on Wednesday, near Nikopol.
A series of bombings took place near the plant last week. Ukrainian officials fear that Russia is trying to cut off southern Ukraine from electricity produced by the plant.
The largest in Europe, it has played an important role in Ukraine’s electricity generation system, although Ukraine is expected to replace this with coal-fired electricity generation.
Andrey Yermak, The head of Ukraine’s presidential office and one of Ukraine’s most influential people warned on Wednesday that Russia may deliberately target thermal power plants as temperatures drop during winter to put pressure on Ukraine. So he indicated that Ukraine would try to end the active phase of the war by the end of autumn. Yermak said it was a “difficult and ambitious” but “critically important” goal.
blow to the Russian air force
A series of explosions at a Russian military base in Crimea This marked the return of war in the Russian-occupied peninsula in the spring of 2014. Videos of a nearby beach show the panic that has developed among the many tourists from Russia who flock to the resort at this time of year. He believed that he had nothing to fear, despite the war several hundred miles away. The Crimea Bridge, connecting Crimea to Russian territory in the Kerch Strait, became a major traffic block in a matter of hours.
Pro-Russian authorities in Crimea declared a state of emergency in Saki district on Wednesday following Tuesday’s accidental explosions at Novofedorivka military airfield, killing at least one and injuring fifteen.
According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army, Russia may have lost nine aircraft in the explosions that rocked the “Saki” airfield. Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuri Ignatie He told Ukrainian television that the airfield, along with four others, housed several military aircraft Su-24, Su-30 SM and Il-76 and that Russia used them to patrol the Black Sea and launch missile attacks against targets in Ukraine. had to do.
Ukraine’s armed forces believe Russia’s air capability has been reduced as a result of the explosions recorded Tuesday at Novofedorivka military airfield on the Crimean peninsula.
However, Ukrainian officials have denied taking responsibility for the attack. Citing “violation of safety regulations by smoking in place” or “attack by guerrillas” as a possible cause of the explosion.
Such statements by officials and the Defense Ministry are widely seen as trolling Russian officials. The latter has denied that the explosion was caused by a Ukrainian attack, accusing it of “detonation of several aircraft bombs” at the scene.
One version is that Russia is reluctant to admit that Ukraine was able to penetrate its air defense as it did when its Black Sea flagship, “Moskva”, was sunk by Ukrainian missiles Neptune.
If Ukraine is indeed behind the attack, as developments are likely, it is not yet clear what weapons might enable it to do so. Military analysts avoid drawing definite conclusions. Some point to a possible use of “Neptune” missiles, this time against ground targets, while others say the West may have supplied long-range weapons informally.
The “Washington Post” quoted a Ukrainian official as saying on Wednesday that a special operation with ground troops was behind the attack. Earlier, an article in the “New York Times” quoted a Ukrainian source as saying that the attack was caused by a weapon made in Ukraine.
In any case, it is clear that Ukraine is getting serious about returning territory it lost to Russian control more than 8 years ago. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his traditional speech late on Tuesday, assured that the war would end with the liberation of Crimea, as it had begun with its occupation by Russia.
a Ukrainian general, Dmitro Marchenko, IHe indicated in an interview to RBC-Ukraine that Ukraine would seek to reconquer Crimea and said that the destruction of the Crimean Bridge would be “a necessary measure” to prevent Russia from sending military reserves.