Concerns about possible radiation leak at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant persist. The Ukrainian public energy operator has warned that there are “risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances” at the factory occupied by Russia. The authorities were distribution of iodine tablets to residents living near the plant in case of radiation exposure.
Russia and Ukraine swapped new charges for bombing the area around the nuclear power plantthe biggest in Europe, on Saturday. Moscow troops ‘repeatedly shelled’ the site of the plant over the past day, said Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Ukrainian troops had “shelled the territory of the station three times” in the past day.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is trying to negotiate access to the plant for an urgent inspection mission “to help stabilize the nuclear safety and security situation”. Energoatom chief Petro Kotin told the Guardian a visit could take place before the end of the month, but Ukraine’s energy minister Lana Zerkal told a local radio station that she would not was not convinced that Russia was negotiating in good faith.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued a statement marking Ukrainian Aviation Day, in which he pledged that the Kyiv troops would “destroy the potential of the occupiers step by step”. Ukrainian President swore that the “Russian invaders would die like dew on the sun”.
Russia has probably increased the intensity of its attacks in the Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass region over the past five days, according to British intelligence. Pro-Russian separatists most likely advanced towards the center of the village of Pisky, near Donetsk airport, but Russian forces made little territorial gains overall, the latest report from the British Ministry of Defense indicates.
Russia has blocked a deal at the UN to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The lack of agreement on a joint declaration, because of Moscow’s objection to a clause on control of the Zaporizhzhia plant, is the latest blow to hopes of maintaining an arms control regime and containing a rekindled arms race.
Ukrainian sailors will be allowed to leave the country to work, said the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said draft-age men employed as crew members would be allowed to leave the country as long as they had permission from their local conscription offices to cross the border.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said it would donate six underwater drones to Ukraine to help clear its coastline of mines and make grain shipments safer.. In addition, dozens of members of the Ukrainian Navy will learn how to use the drones over the next few months, the ministry said.
Kazakhstan, a neighbor and ally of Russia, has suspended all arms exports for a yeardeclared his government, in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Moscow.
Poland and the Czech Republic have agreed to protect the airspace of their NATO ally, Slovakiaas it modernizes its air force, moving from old Soviet-made MiG-29 fighters to a new batch of F-16 aircraft from the United States.