Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

‘No rapid security issues’ at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, shelling induced widespread injury

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant within the Zaporizhzhia area of Ukraine August 4, 2022.

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There are “no rapid security or safety issues” on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant following heavy shelling all through the weekend, the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company stated.

Nonetheless, whereas key tools remained intact, the evaluation group discovered widespread injury throughout the location.

“This can be a main explanation for concern because it clearly demonstrates the sheer depth of the assaults on one of many world’s largest nuclear energy vegetation,” IAEA Director Normal Rafael Mariano Grossi stated in an announcement after the company performed an investigation of the location.

Areas of the plant broken by the strikes included a pressurized air pipeline, the principle street to reactors and condensate storage tanks, leading to non-radioactive leakage. Working and upkeep workers are already repairing among the injury and plant personnel are cleansing up the location, the IAEA stated.

Grossi has repeatedly warned in opposition to combating close to the location, most lately saying that whoever was accountable for the assaults was “enjoying with fireplace.”

The renewed assaults on and across the nuclear website have intensified Grossi’s requires a safety zone, which might stop shelling close to the plant.

— Rocio Fabbro

Backlog of 76 ships ready to move crops from Ukraine

Ships, together with these carrying grain from Ukraine and awaiting inspections are seen anchored off the Istanbul shoreline on October 14, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The group overseeing the export of Ukrainian crops stated that there’s a backlog of 76 vessels ready to be loaded with cargo.

The U.N.-led Joint Coordination Heart additionally stated that about 33 loaded vessels are ready for inspection in Turkish territorial waters.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, a deal brokered in July amongst Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the United Nations, eased Russia’s naval blockade and noticed the reopening of three key Ukrainian ports.

Because the deal was signed, greater than 480 ships carrying 11.6 million metric tons of grain and different meals merchandise have left for locations world wide.

Kyiv has beforehand blamed Moscow for holding up inspections and delaying vessel actions.

— Amanda Macias

Greater than 7.8 million Ukrainians have change into refugees from Russia’s struggle, U.N. estimates

Kids who fled the struggle in Ukraine rests inside a brief refugee shelter that was an deserted TESCO grocery store after being transported from the Polish Ukrainian border on March 08, 2022 in Przemysl, Poland.

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Greater than 7.8 million Ukrainians have change into refugees and moved to neighboring nations since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, the U.N. Refugee Company estimates.

Practically 5 million of these folks have utilized for non permanent resident standing in neighboring Western European nations, in keeping with information collected by the company.

“The escalation of battle in Ukraine has induced civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, forcing folks to flee their properties searching for security, safety and help,” the U.N. Refugee Company wrote.

— Amanda Macias

Iran has agreed to assist Russia manufacture drones

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi maintain a gathering in Tehran on July 19, 2022.

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Iran has agreed to assist Russia manufacture drones, two U.S. officers and a Western official confirmed to NBC Information.

Earlier this week, The Washington Publish reported that Moscow and Tehran reached an settlement throughout a gathering in early November to provide Iranian-designed weapons on Russian soil.

The 2 nations are shifting rapidly to switch designs and elements to Russia that will enable manufacturing to start throughout the subsequent few months, U.S. intelligence officers advised The Publish.

Iran had beforehand been accused by Ukraine and Western allies of supplying Russia with self-detonating drones that have been used on Ukrainian territory, heightening issues about an arms alternate between the 2 nations.

— Rocio Fabbro

One useless, 4 injured by Russian shelling in Kherson, prime Ukrainian official says

A fisherman sails his boat on the Dnipro River as black smoke rises after an assault on an oil reserve in Kherson, on November 20, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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One particular person was killed and 4 others injured from Russian shelling within the Kherson area, in keeping with Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Workplace of the President of Ukraine.

Regardless of Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson earlier this month, shelling has continued within the southern Ukrainian area. identical t

Over the previous a number of months, Russia has constantly attacked civilian infrastructure, together with power methods and residential buildings.

Ukrainian officers started evacuating civilians from Kherson and a neighboring province as infrastructure injury was deemed too essential for inhabitants to soundly stay throughout the winter.

— Rocio Fabbro

Greater than 6,590 folks have died in Ukraine, United Nations says

This {photograph} taken on September 25, 2022, reveals empty graves after exhumation of our bodies within the mass grave created throughout the Russian’s occupation in Izyum, Kharkiv area, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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At the least 6,595 civilians have died and 10,189 have been injured in Ukraine since Russia invaded its ex-Soviet neighbor on Feb. 24, in keeping with the United Nations.

The Workplace of the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights stated that the dying toll in Ukraine is probably going larger than that as a result of armed battle can delay fatality reviews.

A lot of the civilian casualties recorded have been induced by means of explosive weapons with a large impression space, together with shelling from heavy artillery and a number of launch rocket methods, in addition to missiles and airstrikes, in keeping with the group.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy: Nuclear vegetation want safety from Russian sabotage

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Kherson, Ukraine November 14, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged NATO members to ensure the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear vegetation from Russian sabotage, a day after the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant was rocked by heavy shelling.

“All our nations are interested by not having any harmful incidents at our nuclear services,” Zelenskyy stated in a video tackle to NATO’s Parliamentary Meeting in Madrid.

“All of us want assured safety from Russian sabotage at nuclear services,” he added.

The Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in southern Ukraine was shelled on Saturday and Sunday, elevating concern in regards to the potential for a critical accident simply 500 km (300 miles) from Chornobyl, website of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe in 1986.

— Reuters

NATO Parliamentary Meeting requires creation of particular tribunal on Russian aggression in Ukraine, acknowledges Russia as a terrorist state

North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg speaks throughout the plenary session of the third day of the 68th Annual Session of the Parliamentary Meeting within the Auditorium Floor Ground Room on the Resort Melia Castilla, Nov. 21, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.

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The NATO Parliamentary Meeting in Madrid known as for the creation of a particular worldwide tribunal on Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and acknowledged Russia as a terrorist state, in keeping with an announcement from the pinnacle of Ukraine’s everlasting delegation to the NATO meeting.

“All 30 NATO nations supported the proposals of our delegation,” Yehor Chernev stated within the assertion.

“Such a tribunal will make it potential to convict not solely the direct perpetrators of struggle crimes, but additionally the senior management of the Russian Federation.”

The decision, which additionally contains proposals to extend arms provides to Ukraine, develop additional steps for Ukraine’s accession to NATO, and create a reparation assortment mechanism, shall be despatched to all NATO member nations, Chernev stated.

“The adoption of this decision is a vital political step that displays the temper in Western parliamentary circles, and subsequently influences the management of nations in decision-making,” he stated.

On the meeting, NATO Allies and the European Union additionally bolstered their dedication to long-term, sustained monetary and army help for Ukraine.

— Rocio Fabbro

Graffiti by the nameless road artist Banksy popping up throughout Ukraine.

Individuals take photos within the background of graffiti by the well-known nameless road artist Banksy which is proven on one of many condominium buildings destroyed by the Russian military in Gorenka.

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Graffiti by the well-known nameless road artist Banksy have been popping up on destroyed buildings from Russia’s continued struggle in Ukraine.

Banksy posted a video on his Instagram account and web site detailing him doing among the work within the village of Horenka.

“Do not be unhappy honey,” one Ukraine mom stated on the video as she comforted her small daughter outdoors the bombed-out rubble of a college the place the woman had attended kindergarten.

“We already cried a lot. We haven’t any extra tears left,” the lady stated.

Banksy final week confirmed to The Artwork Newspaper that he created seven murals in numerous areas in Ukraine.

— Dan Mangan and Adam Jeffrey

Graffiti within the metropolis of Borodyanka, Ukraine, on November 12, 2022. Within the cities of the Kyiv area affected by the Russian aggression within the spring of 2022, graffiti, most likely by Banksy, appeared. 

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A view of graffiti created by England-based road artist, Banksy, in Borodianka situated Kyiv district, Ukraine on November 19, 2022. 

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An individual takes a photograph of graffiti created by England-based road artist, Banksy, in Irpin situated Kyiv district, Ukraine on November 19, 2022.

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England-based road artist Banksy has reworked an anti-tank impediment (Czech hedgehog) in Maidan Nezalezhnosti right into a seesaw for a boy and a lady in his mural, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. 

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This {photograph} taken on November 16, 2022 reveals a graffiti made by Banksy on the wall of a destroyed constructing within the city of Gostomel, close to Kyiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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The mural created by England-based road artist Banksy on the wall of a five-storey condominium constructing destroyed by a Russian aerial bomb in March 2022 includes a bearded man having a shower, Horenka, Kyiv Area, northern Ukraine. 

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Ukraine urges civilians to go away liberated areas for winter

Ukrainian authorities have began evacuating civilians from the recently-liberated areas of the Kherson area and the neighboring province of Mykolaiv, fearing that injury to the infrastructure is simply too extreme for folks to endure the upcoming winter, officers stated Monday.

A column of Ukrainian BMP-2 autos navigate a muddy street in Kherson area on November 20, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine.

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Residents of the 2 southern areas, frequently shelled previously months by Russian forces, have been suggested to maneuver to safer areas within the central and and western components of the nation, stated Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.

The federal government will present “transportation, lodging, medical care,” she stated.

The evacuations come simply over per week after Ukraine retook town of Kherson and areas round it. The liberation of the world marked a serious battlefield acquire, whereas the evacuations now spotlight the difficulties the nation is going through following heavy Russian shelling of its energy infrastructure as winter climate units in.

— The Related Press

NATO chief says member nations have to be ready to help Ukraine ‘for the lengthy haul’

NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg speaks throughout a information convention on the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium January 12, 2022.

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NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg urged members to proceed their help of Ukraine, noting that the long-term prices of Russian victory outweigh the present monetary value on member nations.

“If we enable Putin to win, all of us must pay a a lot larger value,” Stoltenberg advised the 68th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Meeting. “Authoritarian regimes world wide will be taught that they’ll get what they need with brute power. This may have direct penalties for our safety. It could make the world extra harmful. And us extra weak.”

Stoltenberg acknowledged the cost-of-living disaster world wide and the issues about the price of help for NATO Allies, as many nations have begun to expertise what has change into generally known as “Ukraine fatigue.” Nonetheless, Stoltenberg contrasted the financial value paid by Allies to the large lack of life in Ukraine: “the Ukrainians, they pay a value which is measured in blood.”

NATO considerably stepped up its help to Ukraine earlier this 12 months, following the Alliance’s June summit in Madrid. It’s due to this continued army and monetary help, together with Ukrainian bravery, in keeping with Stoltenberg, that Russia faces “setback after setback” together with the withdrawal from Kherson.

“However it could be an ideal mistake to underestimate Russia,” he warned. “It retains vital army capabilities and a excessive variety of troops. Russia is keen to endure substantial casualties. And is keen to inflict horrific struggling on Ukrainian folks.”

“So we have to be ready to help Ukraine for the lengthy haul,” he stated.

 — Rocio Fabbro

Prime Russian official warns of potential accident at Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, within the Russian-controlled space of Enerhodar, seen from Nikopol in April 27, 2022.

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The pinnacle of Russia’s state-run atomic power company, Rosatom, warned that there is a threat of a nuclear accident on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant a day after a number of assaults on the Russian-occupied website, which Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev blamed on Ukraine.

“We’re informing the world neighborhood that the plant is liable to a nuclear accident, and it’s apparent that Kyiv considers a small nuclear incident acceptable,” Russian state information company Tass quoted Likhachev as telling reporters.

“Massive or small radioactivity, this shall be a precedent that may ceaselessly change [the] course of historical past. Subsequently, all the pieces have to be completed in order that nobody has of their minds to encroach on the protection of the nuclear energy plant,” he stated.

Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused one another of shelling Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant and risking an enormous nuclear accident.

It is unknown who was behind the assaults on the weekend that broken buildings, methods and tools, with among the explosions occurring close to the reactors however in a roundabout way placing them.

The IAEA has known as for the creation of a safety zone across the plant, one thing Likhachev stated would solely be potential if it was accepted by the U.S.

— Holly Ellyatt

Kremlin says it can ‘convey to justice’ these accountable for alleged execution of Russian solders

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov waits to observe the Victory Day army parade at Purple Sq. in central Moscow on Could 9, 2022.

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The Kremlin stated that it’s going to “convey to justice” these accountable for the alleged execution of Russian solders as a dispute over the alleged killings continues between Moscow and Kyiv.

Talking to reporters Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated “Russia will do all the pieces potential throughout the framework of worldwide mechanisms in an effort to draw consideration to this crime and name to order and to the regulation those that could also be concerned in it.”

Ukraine has stated it could examine video footage circulated on Russian social media which Moscow claims reveals Ukrainian forces killing Russian troops who could have been attempting to give up.

“In fact Ukrainian authorities will examine this video,” Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, stated on the sidelines of a safety discussion board in Nova Scotia, AP reported earlier Monday.

Nonetheless, Stefanishyna, talking late Saturday, stated “it is extremely unlikely” that the quick, edited snippets present what Moscow claims to be a “brutal homicide.”

Conversely, Ukraine says Russia has been accountable for a number of alleged struggle crimes on Ukrainian soil for the reason that begin of the invasion, together with the deliberate focusing on of civilian infrastructure, together with hospitals and faculties, and residential buildings. Allegations of torture chambers set as much as interrogate Ukrainian civilians and captured troops can be being investigated. Moscow denies focusing on civilians throughout the struggle.

— Holly Ellyatt

Spain to deploy police in Ukraine to help struggle crime investigations

Spanish police will deploy in Ukraine over the approaching weeks to assist examine alleged struggle crimes, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez advised the NATO Parliamentary Meeting in Madrid on Monday.

An advance delegation of Spanish police officers has already arrived in Kyiv to fulfill with representatives of the Ukrainian public prosecutor’s workplace, the Spanish Inside Ministry stated.

Of their preliminary assembly, the 2 nations established the phrases of cooperation and specified the areas of deployment, the ministry stated.

Forensic specialists accumulate the items of proof on the District Police Division allegedly utilized by Russian occupiers for torture, Balakliia, Kharkiv Area, northeastern Ukraine.

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Spanish officers are set to work alongside Ukrainian investigators and prosecutors within the assortment of proof that might be included into circumstances probing alleged violations of worldwide regulation following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

Sanchez additionally introduced {that a} new coaching middle for Ukrainian troops within the central Spanish metropolis of Toledo will begin working on the finish of November.

— Reuters

Ukraine says will look into alleged prisoner capturing video

Ukraine says it can examine video footage circulated on Russian social media which Moscow alleged reveals that Ukrainian forces killed Russian troops who could have been attempting to give up, after one of many males seemingly refused to put down his weapon and opened fireplace, AP reported.

“In fact Ukrainian authorities will examine this video,” Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister overseeing the nation’s push to hitch the European Union, stated on the sidelines of a safety discussion board in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Stefanishyna, talking late Saturday, stated “it is extremely unlikely” that the quick, edited snippets present what Moscow claims.

Russian authorities introduced the opening Friday of a prison investigation based mostly on the snippets posted on Russian Telegram channels and relayed on different social media. They current a muddled and incomplete image.

Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed the footage reveals an “execution” and stated Russia desires a global investigation.

– The Related Press

‘We might not be so fortunate’ subsequent time, IAEA chief says after nuclear plant attacked once more

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, which got here underneath heavy shelling over the weekend, had a fortunate escape, in keeping with the pinnacle of the U.N.’s nuclear power company.

“As soon as once more, we have been lucky {that a} probably critical nuclear incident didn’t occur. Subsequent time, we might not be so fortunate. We should do all the pieces in our energy to verify there is no such thing as a subsequent time,” the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company’s director basic Rafael Mariano Grossi stated in a assertion Sunday.

The IAEA stated repeated shelling on the Zaporizhzhya plant on Saturday night and Sunday morning broken buildings, methods and tools, with among the explosions occurring close to the reactors and damaging components of the plant, together with a radioactive waste and storage constructing and cooling pond sprinkler methods.

A Russian serviceman guards an space of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Station in territory underneath Russian army management, in southeastern Ukraine, on Could 1, 2022.


Grossi reiterated his name for pressing measures to guard the plant and forestall a nuclear accident throughout the present battle in Ukraine. He added that agreeing and implementing a nuclear security and safety safety zone across the nuclear energy plant should occur now.  

“Though there was no direct impression on key nuclear security and safety methods on the plant, the shelling got here dangerously near them. We’re speaking metres, not kilometres. Whoever is shelling on the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Energy Plant, is taking big dangers and playing with many individuals’s lives,” Grossi stated.

Ukraine and Russia accuse one another of shelling the nuclear energy plant, Europe’s largest of its form, which has been occupied by Russian troops since close to the beginning of the struggle. The IAEA group of specialists plan to evaluate the shelling impression on the location on Monday.

— Holly Ellyatt

Ukrainian forces possible properly ready to struggle by way of winter, U.S. protection secretary says

U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin and Indonesia’s Minister of Protection Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta on Nov. 21, 2022.

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U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated Ukraine is in an excellent place to maintain combating Russia’s invading forces by way of winter.

“As we go ahead into the winter, we have completed quite a bit to attempt to put together the Ukrainians to be ready for a struggle within the winter, and allow them to proceed to maintain strain on our adversaries all through the winter months,” he advised a press convention as he ready to fulfill his Indonesian counterpart, Protection Minister Prabowo Subianto, Monday.

“I feel they will be in significantly better situation than their adversaries, due to the issues that we offer. And once more, our focus is to help them all through. Their focus is to make it possible for they’re doing all the pieces to take again each fringe of their sovereign territory,” he stated.

He added that it is “arduous to foretell how issues will evolve” or what sort of timeline there is perhaps for the struggle ending, nevertheless.

Austin stated Ukraine had put the army help from its allies to good use within the struggle, noting “we have seen Ukraine use that help in very suave methods and so they they have been very profitable on the battlefield … they’ve taken again Kharkiv, and so they’ve additionally most lately taken again because the essential city of Kherson. And so we have seen quite a few successes on the battlefield.”

An space of Luhansk seems weak for Russian forces, UK says

Ukraine’s japanese Donetsk area has been the main focus of intense combating for weeks, if not months, however Britain’s Ministry of Protection stated it believes a key space of vulnerability for Russian forces is Svatove, an administrative hub within the neighboring Luhansk area.

“With Russia’s south-western entrance line now extra readily defendable alongside the east financial institution of the Dnipro River, the Svatove sector is probably going now a extra weak operational flank of the Russian power,” the ministry stated on Twitter Monday.

An aerial view of Svatove metropolis, within the Luhansk area of japanese Ukraine. The British Ministry of Protection stated Ukrainian formations can now method town to strike Russian provides.

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“As a big inhabitants centre inside Luhansk Oblast [province], Russian leaders will extremely possible see retaining management of Svatove as a political precedence.”

“Nonetheless, commanders are possible scuffling with the army realities of sustaining a reputable defence, whereas additionally making an attempt to useful resource offensive operations additional south in Donetsk,” it added. “As on different components of the entrance, Russian forces proceed to prioritise developing defensive positions, nearly definitely partially manned by poorly educated mobilised reservists.”

The ministry famous that each Russia’s defensive and offensive functionality continues to be hampered by these extreme shortages of expert personnel and munitions.

The ministry stated that within the final week, “intense artillery exchanges” have continued within the space of Svatove in Luhansk.

— Holly Ellyatt

Russia’s shelling of Ukraine intensifies as winter approaches

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated fierce battles are nonetheless ongoing, with probably the most intense being within the Donetsk area, however that floor assaults have declined as winter units in.

“The fiercest battles, as earlier than, are within the Donetsk area. Though there are fewer assaults in the present day because of the deterioration of the climate, the variety of Russian shelling events stays, sadly, extraordinarily excessive,” Zelenskyy stated in his nightly tackle Sunday.

In Luhansk, the area subsequent to Donetsk, Zelenskyy stated Ukrainian forces are advancing “little by little,” however added there have been nearly 400 situations of shelling within the japanese area on Sunday alone. The president stated forces within the southern a part of Ukraine are “holding the road,” though the scenario round de-occupied Kherson stays tense, with Russians shelling town final night time.

Black smoke rises from an oil reserve in Kherson on Nov. 20, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s broken power networks stay an enormous drawback for the federal government, with Zelenskyy noting that the “restoration of networks and technical provide capabilities, demining of energy transmission traces, repairs – all the pieces goes on around the clock.”

He stated power staff had managed to alleviate the scenario in some areas “the place there have been a variety of actual issues yesterday.” Nonetheless, “stabilization shutdowns” (scheduled power shutdowns) have taken place in 15 areas and in Kyiv.

— Holly Ellyatt

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