The alarm for Zaporizhzhia was at the center of the UN Security Council meeting. With Moscow and Kiev continuing to exchange accusations about responsibility for the attacks. While the United States and the UN – with Secretary General Guterres – are calling for the creation of a demilitarized zone in the area. The IAEA (the international atomic energy agency) calls for a halt to military operations in the area. And to allow an inspection right away. The tones used by Beijing are alarming: “The risk of catastrophe is more devastating than in Fukushima”.
Pro-Russian of Zaporizhzhia: bombs on power plant are British made
“The bombing of the plant was carried out with Anglo-Saxon guided missiles”. This was stated by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the pro-Russian military-civilian administration of Zaporizhzhia of the region a Rossiya-24. He brings it back Ria Novosti.
Wheat: first load in Italy, 15 thousand tons from Odessa
A cargo ship will arrive today in the port of Ravenna with 15,000 tons of corn seeds from Odessa in Ukraine. This was announced by the Customs and Monopoly Excise Agency (ADM) which will be present with the officials of the specialized departments and with its own chemical laboratory to carry out the protocol checks. The cargo, in navigation for 7 days, is the first commercial convoy to reach Italy after the diplomatic release in recent days. The ship flying the Maltese flag left on August 5 from the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk, near Odessa. She then made a stop in Istanbul in Turkey where she was subjected to the checks required by the United Nations agreement. The cargo capacity of the freighter is over 41,000 and 500 tons.
USA: no visa ban for Russian citizens
US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Padel said US authorities do not want to “harm” the Russian people and the government is unlikely to ban visas for Russians. “Regarding any visa ban, we have been very clear that we want our actions not to harm or have a significant impact on the Russian people,” she explained. The US media reported it.
Moscow: no damage to Zaporizhzhia power plant from Kiev raid
“The bombing by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (APU) caused damage on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, but the reactors were not interrupted”. This was stated by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the pro-Russian military-civil administration of the region a Rossiya-24. Tass reports it. “There was some damage, but, thank God, the damage was not serious – she said – from the point of view of nuclear safety, everything is in order. The level of radiation does not exceed the norm”.
Schroeder sues the German parliament
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder sues the German parliament: he wants to have his office and various privileges back. In the spring, the Bundestag Budget Commission stripped Schroeder of his right to an office, a team of assistants, and other privileges that are usually reserved for former heads of government. Now Schroeder has taken legal action, as his lawyer confirmed to Dpa. The decision of the Parliamentary Commission is due to the fact that Schroeder would no longer properly respect the official roles and duties of a former chancellor and the related obligations required. Last year, more than € 400,000 was spent on Schröder’s office staff, while his personal pension of € 8,300 was not suspended anyway.
The former Social Democrat leader has long been criticized for his executive positions in Russian state-owned companies, as well as for his close friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A few days ago, an initial decision by a local SPD commission has meanwhile rejected requests to expel Schroeder from the Social Democratic party.
Zelensky to the military: do not reveal plans against Russia, it is irresponsible
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, urged government and military officials not to disclose Defense plans against Russian aggression, calling some statements “frankly irresponsible”. “War is certainly not the time for vanity and loud declarations. The less details you disclose about our defense plans, the better their implementation will be”, the words of him quoted by the Guardian.
Ukraine: two more ships loaded with cereals are leaving for Iran and Turkey
Two cargo ships loaded with cereals will leave Ukraine today for Iran and Turkey: the Joint Coordination Center for Cereal Exports has announced, according to reports from the Kyiv Independent.
The ship bound for Iran is the Star Laura, with 60,150 tons of corn, while the one bound for Turkey – the Sormovskiy – will carry 3,050 tons of wheat. For his part, the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, announced that the Brave Commander ship – which will arrive in Ukraine today – will deliver 23,000 tons of grain to Ethiopia.
China: Zaporizhzhia worse than Fukushima
The words used by the Chinese representative to the UN are dramatic. Zhang Jun said he asked for the IAEA to be allowed “as soon as possible” to inspect the plant “by removing existing obstacles” to the mission. “The Chinese diplomat warned that an incident involving Europe’s largest power plant would be a “catastrophe” that “would have more devastating consequences than Fukushima” and promised that Beijing “will always play a constructive role”.
Grossi: “Stop military activities in Zaporizhzhia now”
“Any military activity that jeopardizes nuclear safety must stop immediately or it could lead to very serious consequences.” This was stated by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, speaking by videoconference to the United Nations Security Council. And he asked to lead a field monitoring mission so as to directly and independently verify that there is no “immediate threat”.
Zelensky: “Russia has hit rock bottom in Zaporizhzhia”
Volodymyr Zelensky:, in the evening address to the nation, overturns the accusations coming from Moscow. And he blames the Russians for the situation in Zaporizhzhia. “Russia has crossed the line and hit rock bottom in the world history of terrorism, no one had ever used a nuclear power plant to threaten the whole world in such a brazen way and set certain conditions.” Zelensky then said that Kiev forces registered the arrival of several Russian grenades in the immediate vicinity of the plant. And he concluded that Europe’s nuclear security can only be restored if Russia withdraws from Zaporizhzhia. “This is a global interest, not just a necessity of Ukraine.”
Moscow: “With the actions of Kiev there is a risk of nuclear catastrophe”
Moscow repeats, also in the meeting of the UN Security Council, the accusations against Kiev for the situation in Zaporizhzhia: “The criminal actions of Ukraine against
the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant could bring the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe, “said the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vasily Nebenzya.