Smoke rises over Kyiv as Russian strikes hit regions across Ukraine
Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was cut off from the country’s power system again on Thursday after a slew of Russian missile attacks this morning.
It was just one of many targets of Moscow’s fierce volley of air strikes, including a wave of deadly hypersonic missiles, which rocked major cities across Ukraine on Thursday.
In a statement this morning about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Rafael Grossi, the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, appealed for a protection zone around the plant, saying he was “astonished by the complacency” around the issue.
He said: “This is the sixth time – let me say it again sixth time, that ZNPP has lost all off-site power and has had to operate in this emergency mode. Let me remind you – this is the largest nuclear power station in Europe.”
He added: “Each time we are rolling a dice, and if we allow this to continue then one day our luck will run out”.
Russia fired 81 missiles, including six Kinzhal hypersonic missiles – which Ukraine’s military cannot intercept – and eight drones at Ukraine in early-morning strikes, the Ukrainian air force claims.
IAEA chief makes plea for Zaporizhzhia safe zone after outage
UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi on Thursday appealed for a protection zone around the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine after another outage there, saying he was “astonished by the complacency” around the issue.
“Each time we are rolling a dice. And if we allow this to continue time after time then one day our luck will run out,” Grossi told the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors.
Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant lost its last external power line early on Thursday after missile strikes across Ukraine overnight.
The plant is now down to emergency diesel generators, a last line of defense to keep cooling reactor fuel and prevent a potentially catastrophic meltdown.
As in previous attacks, Russia and Ukraine blamed each other. Grossi has been trying to get both sides to strike a deal in which they would pledge not to fire at or from the plant and heavy weapons would be removed, diplomats say.
“This is the sixth time, let me say it again sixth time, that ZNPP has lost all off-site power and has had to operate in this emergency mode,” Grossi told the board’s quarterly meeting, according to an IAEA statement.
“Let me remind you, this is the largest nuclear power station in Europe. What are you doing? How can we sit here in this room this morning and allow this to happen? This cannot go on. I am amazed by the complacency.”
He said that everyone must commit to protect the plant’s safety and security.
“And we need to commit now. What we need is action,” he said.
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 14:05
Analysis: The turmoil in Georgia over a ‘foreign agents’ bill raises fresh questions about Russia’s influence
Given Georgia’s status as a former Soviet state situated at Russia’s south-west border, any suggestions of influence from Moscow will carry significant weight.writes Chris Stevenson. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has long seen the country as part of Russia’s sphere of influence. The Russian leader has also raised his rhetoric in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine about Western institutions, such as the EU and the Nato military alliance, seeking to erode Russia’s standing in the world. Georgia is not a member of Nato, but has sought to join.
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 16:15
How British eels could be helping Putin in his war with Ukraine
Wildlife groups are calling for Britain to ban the transportation of eels to Russian conservation projects because of fears they are being sold to China for food.
The alarm was sounded after a consignment of half a million eels were moved to Kaliningrad. Charities have said that the profits Russia has made from these sales could be funding the Ukraine war.
Multi-member organization Wildlife and Countryside Link (WCL), which represents the RSPCA, CPRE and the Marine Conservation Society, has called for action from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 15:49
Russia says Brussels ‘ignoring talks’ on probe into Nord Stream blasts
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the EU of completely ignoring any talks on the need to carry out an investigation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline blasts.
Russia has repeatedly asked to be allowed to join the investigations into the blasts, which ruptured three of the four pipelines of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas links that connect Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 15:25
In pictures: Damage after Russia carries out multiple missile strikes across Ukraine
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 14:50
Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant ‘reconnected to Ukraine’s grid’
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been reconnected to Ukraine’s energy grid, Ukrainian grid operator Ukrenergo said.
Ukrainian state nuclear energy company Energoatom had said earlier today that power to the Russian-occupied plant was lost during Russian air strikes.
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 14:21
Watch: Three killed after Kherson bus stop hit by Russian missile strikes
Three killed after Kherson bus stop hit by Russian missile strikes
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 13:45
Russia has enough resources to fight in Ukraine for two years – Lithuanian intelligence
The chief of the Lithuanian military intelligence said Russia has enough resources to continue the war in Ukraine for two years.
“The resources which Russia has at the moment would be enough to continue the war at the present intensity for two years”, the chief, Elegijus Paulavicius, told reporters in Vilnius.
“How long Russia is able to wage the war will also depend on the support for Russia’s military from states, such as Iran, North Korea. But if you look at what Russia has today, such as the strategic reserve, equipment, ammunition, armaments – it can wage it at the present intensity for two years”, he added.
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 13:15
Watch: Aerial view shows aftermath of Russian missile strikes on Lviv oblast
Ukraine: Aerial view shows aftermath of Russian missile strikes on Lviv oblast
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 12:45
Kremlin ‘doubts Nord Stream attacks could have happened without state support’
The Kremlin says it doubts the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines could have been carried out without state support, after the New York Times reported that a pro-Ukrainian non-government group might have been responsible for the blasts.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was vital to identify who was behind the attacks which ruptured the multi-billion dollar pipelines last September.
He added that it was incomprehensible that Russia would blow up its own infrastructure.
Emily Atkinson9 March 2023 12:15