UN go to to nuclear energy plant delayed for a number of hours as a result of shelling
A go to by a workforce of specialists from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in Ukraine has been “delayed” for a number of hours as a result of heightened navy exercise in the space.
There have been a number of reviews of shelling on the path to, and in the space of, the nuclear facility which is situated in Enerhodar.
“The IAEA mission has been delayed on the Ukrainian-controlled side of the frontline for some three hours,” an IAEA spokesman advised NBC News this morning.
“Director General Grossi has personally negotiated with Ukrainian military authorities to be able to proceed and he remains determined that this important mission reaches the ZNPP today.”
Russia and Ukraine commerce accusations amid chaotic begin to UN’s nuclear energy plant go to
Russia and Ukraine have accused one another of finishing up “provocations” and assaults on the path to, and in the space of, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant on the morning of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspection of the website.
Ukrainian officers accused Russia of shelling the route that the heavily-guarded IAEA’s workforce of inspectors have been as a result of take to the plant and of attempting to sabotage their go to whereas officers in Enerhodar, the place the energy plant is situated, reported that the metropolis was attacked by Russian forces Thursday morning.
“At this moment, helicopters, field and rocket artillery of the Russian army are shelling the city of Enerhodar,” Yevhen Yevtushenko, the head of the Nikopol district navy administration (Nikopol lies on the reverse facet of the Dnipro River from Enerhodar), stated on Telegram.
Ukraine’s Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov said on his Telegram account that civilian infrastructure had been focused and that helicopters have been circling over the metropolis.
Ukraine’s state nuclear energy firm Energoatom stated Thursday morning that the fifth reactor has been shut down at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant due to the close by shelling this morning.
Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is seen following chatting with press members earlier than leaving from the lodge with delegation to examine the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine on September 01, 2022.
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Russia’s Ministry of Defense, in the meantime, counteraccused Ukraine of shelling Enerhodar this morning, and claimed that Ukrainian forces tried to “seize” the nuclear energy plant.
“”Today, at about 06:00 Moscow time, Ukrainian troops in two sabotage teams of as much as 60 folks in seven boats landed on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, three kilometers northeast of the Zaporozhye nuclear energy plant, and tried to grab the energy plant,” the ministry said.
The enemy was destroyed, “together with with the use of military aviation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement reported by Russian news agency Interfax.
The report went on to say that Enerhodar “was subjected to a massive artillery strike from the Armed Forces of Ukraine” this morning in which an apartment building and a kindergarten were hit (the same targets Ukraine said Russia had hit). CNBC was unable to immediately verify any of the reports.
For its part, the head of the IAEA’s visit to the nuclear power plant has said the mission will continue despite the reports of heightened military activity nearby.
The visit of the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog to the nuclear facility, Europe’s largest, was always expected to cause a flurry of fighting, with both sides saying the other was planning “provocations” around the time of the inspection.
— Holly Ellyatt
Nuclear power plant’s fifth reactor shut down after nearby shelling
Ukraine’s state nuclear power company Energoatom said Thursday morning that the fifth reactor has been shut down at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant because of nearby shelling this morning.
Attacks have been reported in the Enerhodar area where the plant is located, with both Ukraine and Russia accusing each other of violence on the day a team of UN experts is set to carry out a safety inspection.
There are widespread concerns over the stability of the complex amid the ongoing war.
Zelenskyy says the world narrowly escaped a radiation disaster on Thursday when Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid.
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Energoatom said on Telegram this morning that “on account of one other mortar shelling by the Russian occupying forces at the website of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the emergency safety was activated and the working fifth energy unit was shut down.” It said a reserve power supply line was also damaged.
“This is the second time in the final 10 days that the felony actions of the rioters have led to the shutdown of the unit and energy outage of the station,” Energoatom noted.
It said power unit No. 6 continues to work in the energy system of Ukraine and at the same time feeds the ZNPP’s own needs, adding that the Ukrainian personnel at the plant were “doing all the things doable to eradicate harm to its infrastructure.”
— Holly Ellyatt
U.S. obtains warrant to grab Boeing 737 owned by Russian agency Lukoil
An image of Russian multinational energy corporation Lukoil depot of Neder-Over-Heembeek on April 7, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium.
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The United States has obtained a warrant to seize a $45 million Boeing 737 aircraft owned by Russian energy firm PJSC Lukoil, the U.S. Justice Department said.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas authorized the seizure after finding “possible trigger that the Boeing plane was topic to seizure based mostly on violations of federal regulation,” the division stated in a statement.
Court paperwork revealed that the plane didn’t adjust to sanctions that the Department of Commerce had enacted towards Russia because it “flew in and out” of the country. The plane last entered the United States in March 2019 and it had Lukoil officials on board, according to the department.
The department has stated that it believes the jet is situated in Russia at present.
— Natalie Tham
IAEA workforce units off for nuclear energy plant regardless of reviews of intense shelling
Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks to press members before leaving from the hotel with delegation to inspect at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Zaporizhzia, Ukraine on September 01, 2022.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency’s mission to inspect the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has set off, but there are reports this morning of shelling around Enerhodar, where the plant is located.
The IAEA team is due to begin an inspection of the plant this morning following rising concerns over the safety and stability of the facility, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly blamed each other for shelling in the area and on Thursday there were more reports of shelling in the region.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said the mission was aware of “elevated navy exercise in the space” but was pressing ahead with its plan to visit the facility and meet personnel there, Reuters reported.
Russian news agency Interfax reported that its forces had fired on a group of Ukrainian troops which had landed in the Enerhodar region on Thursday morning.
Alexander Volga, head of the provisional administration of the city (a Russian-installed official), told Interfax that, “there was a touchdown of Ukrainian troops, they’re presently immobilized, mendacity in a summer time cottage. Our aviation is engaged on them. Scouts have found out their location, at the second they’re being hit by fireplace. I feel that all the things shall be completed in the close to future, and we are going to win.”
Interfax repeated Russian claims that Enerhodar was “subjected to a massive artillery strike from the Armed Forces of Ukraine” this morning in which it said apartment buildings and a kindergarten were hit.
Ukraine has not responded to those claims, but Oleksandr Starukh, the Ukrainian head of the Zaporizhzhia region, said on Telegram Thursday that Russian forces were shelling the pre-agreed route the IAEA team are due to take to the nuclear power plant.
“The UN advance workforce can not proceed the motion as a result of safety causes. Ukraine continues to make efforts to arrange secure entry of the worldwide IAEA mission to the ZNPP. We demand that the Russian Federation cease the provocations and grant the IAEA unhindered entry to the Ukrainian nuclear facility,” he said.
— Holly Ellyatt
Russia says it is trying to restore supply lines to troops in southern Ukraine
Russian forces are concentrating their efforts on restoring supply lines and keeping a hold on captured territories in Ukraine, the country’s armed forces said in an operational update Thursday morning.
“The opponent is focusing efforts on establishing full management over the territory of the Donetsk area, in addition to preserving the captured areas of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Nikolaiv areas,” the basic employees of Ukraine’s armed forces said in a post on Facebook.
Black smoke rises at the front line in Mykolaiv Oblast on August 30, 2022. Ukraine has begun a major counteroffensive to retake Kherson city and the southern region of the same name. Kherson was the first Ukrainian city to fall into Russian hands after the invasion began in February.
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The comments come amid a renewed push by Kyiv to reclaim Russian-occupied land, particularly in the south of the country around the city Kherson, which was one of the first cities to fall into Russian hands after the invasion.
Ukraine’s forces have attacked supply routes into the city, including key bridges across the Dnipro river, in a bid to prevent Russia being able to re-supply its troops.
In the south, Ukraine’s armed forces said Russia was focusing on maintaining occupied positions and “taking measures to get better losses” and “attempting to revive the logistics provide” to its troops there.
Regional officials have reported Ukrainian advances, and Russian retreats in some areas, since the start of the counteroffensive that began earlier this week, but Ukraine is tight-lipped about the operation, not wanting to reveal its strategy or raise expectations of any imminent breakthrough in the conflict.
— Holly Ellyatt
80% of NATO members have ratified Sweden and Finland’s entry into the alliance
Sweden’s foreign minister thanked the 24 NATO countries, or 80% of members, that have cleared Sweden and Finland to join the world’s most powerful military alliance.
Earlier this month, U.S. President Joe Biden signed ratification documents following a 95-1 Senate vote to bring Finland and Sweden into NATO.
In May, both nations began the formal process of applying to NATO as Russia’s war in Ukraine raged. All 30 members of the alliance have to ratify Sweden and Finland into the group.
— Amanda Macias
G-7 finance ministers to debate a cap on Russian oil costs
Janet Yellen, US Treasury secretary, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Christian Lindner, Germany’s finance minister, Rishi Sunak, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, Joachim Nagel, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, front from left, and fellow ministers and governors pose for a family photo during the G7 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Konigswinter, Germany, on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
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The G-7 finance ministers will unveil new details later this week about a U.S.-led plan to cap the price of Russian oil, a White House spokeswoman said.
The representatives of the G-7 economic powers will meet Friday, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. Their agenda will include the plan to effectively bar the shipping of Russian oil that was purchased for more than a maximum price agreed upon by the G-7 group.
The plan is currently the leading proposal to cut into Russia’s oil revenues, which have soared since the invasion of Ukraine drove up global energy prices. Jean-Pierre deflected a question about why President Joe Biden has not authorized more domestic energy production amid record high gas prices.
“We assume that working with our allies and making this announcement on this value cap on Russian oil goes to be very efficient,” she said.
So far, U.S. and European efforts to deprive Russia of the oil revenue critical to funding its government and its military have fallen flat, largely due to massive increases in Russian oil imports by India and China.
— Christina Wilkie
White House says the next security assistance package for Ukraine will be announced ‘in the coming days’
Ukraine was already stocking up on U.S.-made Javelins before Russia invaded. Here a group of Ukrainian servicemen take a shipment of Javelins in early February, as Russia positioned troops on Ukraine’s border.
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The Biden administration will announce a new security assistance package for Ukraine “in the coming days,” U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.
“We have dedicated greater than $13 billion in safety help to the Ukrainian armed forces, and we are going to proceed to do this,” Kirby said on a conference call with reporters.
“There shall be bulletins of future safety help in coming days,” he added.
Last week, to mark Ukraine’s 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union, Biden announced a U.S. military aid package worth approximately $3 billion.
The latest arms package, the 19th such installment, is Washington’s largest since Russia’s full-scale invasion began six months ago.
— Amanda Macias
IAEA wants to establish ‘permanent presence’ at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
The monitoring team from the International Atomic Energy Agency, a U.N. watchdog, has arrived in Zaporizhzhia with the head of the delegation telling NBC News that the agency would like to establish a permanent presence at the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant.
A team from IAEA arrived in the south of Ukraine around midday local time and are due to travel directly to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. They will inspect the facility over several days to assess the security and safety of the plant, which both Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shakes hands with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, who is to head a planned mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine August 30, 2022.
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IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi told NBC’s Joshua Lederman that the mission will take a few days and that, in the longer term, the IAEA is also hoping to establish a “everlasting presence” at the plant.
When asked whether he’s confident the mission can be carried out safely, Grossi said “after all,” despite fears that Russia could carry out what Ukraine has said could be a “provocation” during the visit. Russia has denied this and in turn, accused Ukraine of planning an attack during the visit.
Asked whether he believes Russia will allow the IAEA inspectors to see what’s really going on at the plant, Grossi said that the team was very experienced and made up of “the greatest and the brightest” in nuclear safety and security. “We could have a reasonably good thought of what is going on on,” he says.
— Holly Ellyatt