Russia wants a nuclear disaster –

Russia wants a nuclear disaster –
From Lorenzo Cremonese and Jose Fasano

Today’s news, August 9, is live. Ukrainian President Zelensky sounds the nuclear alarm and accuses Russia: “He wants a catastrophe.” Then he meets Bill Clinton.

• The war in Ukraine It’s the 167th day.

• Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the Zaporizhzhya power plant. Moscow talks about possible “catastrophic consequences”, while Kyiv says the Russians are carrying out “nuclear terrorism”.Here is the military point.

• Several international media reported that “Russia burns surplus gas that it does not export to European countries,” according to NASA satellite images.
• The Pentagon announced sending one billion dollars in new military aid to Ukraine. Thank you, Zelensky.
The World Bank announced the mobilization of an additional $4.5 billion in financing for Ukraine under the Peace Project, which aims to help the Ukrainian government meet urgent needs.
• Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September and does not plan to speak via video link either.
• According to estimates by the US Department of Defense (Pentagon), there have been between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties in Russia, including dead and wounded, since the start of the conflict in Ukraine on February 24.

05:17 – USA and Canada: Phone call between defense ministers, focus on Ukraine and NATO

US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, had a phone conversation with his Canadian counterpart, Anita Anand, to discuss the future of bilateral coordination within NATO and the next steps that must be taken to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian invasion. Note that says. The two parties also agreed on the need to maintain an appropriate degree of cooperation in the context of the most important regional and global challenges.

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4:11 a.m. – President Zelensky listens to Bill Clinton

President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a video interview to Bill Clinton, in which he called on the former US president to draw the international community’s attention to the bombing of the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye and to “Russian nuclear terrorism”. UNIAN reported on this, adding that Zelensky thanked the United States for support at various levels, as well as for the personal support of Clinton and his wife, Hillary. The United States is helping us prevent Russia from freezing this conflict. This is exactly what Russia wants. We know very well what happens to frozen disputes. It extends for years and decades. “We cannot allow that to happen,” Zelensky said, stressing the importance of further toughening sanctions.

02:18 – Zelensky, Russia has created a threat of nuclear disaster

In his evening video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of “causing a threat of nuclear catastrophe.” Reference to artillery shells that have exploded in recent days near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, in an area under Russian control. Kyiv and Moscow blame each other for the attacks. Zelensky said: “The world should not forget Chernobyl and should remember that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe, the Chernobyl disaster was a reactor explosion. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has six reactors.” The Ukrainian president added: “New sanctions are needed against The terrorist state and the entire Russian nuclear industry for threatening a nuclear catastrophe.

02:15 am – UN increases aid request to $4.3 billion

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The United Nations has increased its appeal for humanitarian aid to Ukraine, estimating that $4.3 billion will be needed between March and the end of the year. “The financial needs have increased from 2.25 billion (estimated in April) to 4.3 billion,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. He added that the April appeal for donations covered the period from March to August, but was extended until the end of the year “due to the worsening situation” and the approaching cold weather.

01.20 – Washington: “Zaporizia must be disarmed”

“Nuclear power plants must be returned to Ukraine, but in a sensitive situation, like the current one, the Zaporizhzhya demilitarized region must at least be, in order to avoid even worse risks.” White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said this during a press conference on Air Force One. “Fighting around a nuclear power plant is dangerous,” he said, stressing that based on the data collected, “fortunately we have no indication of an abnormal increase in radioactivity levels.”

00.15 – Kyiv: “The Russians have undermined Zaporizhzhya. Ready to blow the plant”

According to the Ukrainian nuclear energy agency, Energoatom, Russian forces are ready to blow up the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya. This was reported by the company’s press service with a post on Telegram citing Ukrinform. “As you know, we have destroyed all the important structures of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” Russian military commanders in the region said. We did not hide it from the enemy. We warned them. They know the power plant will be Russian or someone else’s. We are ready to face the repercussions of this step.”

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00.01 – Media: Russia burns gas that it does not send to Europe

Russia burns surplus gas that it does not export to European countries. This was reported by the newspaper El Mundo, citing Finnish TV Yle, which, according to satellite images from the NASA fire control system, showed flames at the Portovaya pressure station, owned by Gazprom. NASA service shows undeclared fires near the Portovaya station since mid-June, that is, from the moment – the Spanish media recall – Nord Stream deliveries were limited

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