High voltage surge around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant: In the area of the reactor “Special Observation” In the war between Ukraine and Russia, “military actions continue,” the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, explained to CNN. “The military operations are continuing and their intensity is increasing. The number of soldiers and military means is increasing, and heavy artillery is increasing,” he said from Dnipro, waiting for his arrival at the factory.
Frequent power outages have been recorded at the factory. Grossi will arrive at the factory, having already made his first visit since the start of the conflict. “I want to see the situation with my own eyes,” he says, referring to the “management,” “I want to talk to whoever is running things there, they are the Russians.” “Within hours, we will cross the front line, as we did last year. I will continue the dialogue with the aim of providing protection around the station and preventing us all from experiencing a nuclear accident with potentially catastrophic consequences.” The risk “is too great, and the situation is completely unpredictable: we are in a war zone.”
I moved – Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal confirmed that the US administration will send Kiev a new economic aid package worth $2.5 billion. The money will come through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development project, and will be allocated to pay the salaries of doctors, retirees, the displaced, and help low-income families.
“Since the beginning of the year – the government emphasized – Ukraine has received nearly $5 billion from the European Union and more than $2 billion from the United States.”
Ukraine has estimated a budget deficit of more than 33.2 billion euros for the year, and it will use almost all the revenues received by the government to improve the country’s military sector.
France, more ammunition for the KIEV – Meanwhile, France would double its supply of 155mm shells to Ukraine, to 2,000 shells per month. French Armed Forces Minister Sebastien Licorne told Le Figaro newspaper. The Ukrainian army uses 155 mm shells in the French self-propelled howitzers Caesar type and the German Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers.
Licorne also said, citing French TV channel BFM Business, that France will deliver “very soon” the SAMP/T air defense systems it has committed to send to Ukraine in a joint effort with Italy.
Russia’s ammunition – Across the front, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced that it will increase its ammunition production “seven to eightfold” by the end of the year. The announcement came during a tour by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to weapons production plants in the Chelyabinsk and Kirov regions of Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a March 25 interview with Russian state television that Russia will soon produce “three times more” munitions than the West currently supplies to Ukraine.
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