After shots at nuclear power plant: Selenskyj calls for new sanctions against Russia

A Russian soldier guards the nuclear power plant near Zaporizhia.Image: dpa / Uncredited

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The Russian War of Aggression in the Ukraine never ends. The fighting is increasingly shifting from east to south. Three Ukrainian ports there are now exempt from the Russian Black Sea blockade. Ukrainian grain can now be shipped through them, which is necessary for many people is essential to life worldwide.

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6th of August

6.25 a.m .: After shots at the nuclear power plant: Selenskyj calls for new sanctions against Russia

After the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was shelled, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for sanctions against Russia’s nuclear industry. “Anyone who creates nuclear threats for other peoples is definitely not in a position to use nuclear technology safely,” Zelenskyj said in his video speech on Saturday night. Specifically, he called for punitive measures against the Russian state-owned company Rosatom.

Kyiv and Moscow on Friday fired at each other from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in the from Russia occupied city of Enerhodar. Ukraine accused Russia’s troops of attacking the nuclear site themselves. Selensykj spoke of an “act of terrorism”.

The Ministry of Defense in Moscow, on the other hand, blamed Ukrainian soldiers for the shelling and announced that a power plant block had to be partially shut down. In addition, in Enerhodar the electricity and water supply failed in some districts.

Just a few days ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expressed concern about the situation around the power plant in southern Ukraine. An inspection to check technical safety is urgently needed, said IAEA boss Rafael Grossi. But it is currently very difficult for the IAEA to even get into the war zone in Zaporizhia.

5th of August

5:15 a.m .: Three more grain freighters are to leave Ukrainian ports

Two weeks after the conclusion of the agreement on agricultural exports from Ukraine, three more ships loaded with grain and food are to leave there. The “Navi Star”, “Rojen” and “Polarnet” together have around 50,000 tons of corn on board, Ukrainian infrastructure minister Olexander Kubrakov announced on Thursday. The three freighters were scheduled to leave the two ports of Chornomorsk and Odessa between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. CEST. The Turkish Ministry of Defense had previously reported on it.

5:15 a.m .: Selenskyj complains about the blocking of EU financial aid

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has complained about the delayed payment of EU financial aid worth billions to his country. This “artificial delay” is either a crime or a mistake, said the head of state in his evening video address. Every day he reminds EU politicians that Ukrainian pensioners, refugees, teachers and others must not be held hostage by “indecisiveness or bureaucracy”.

“I don’t want to say which European country is braking now,” he said. He still assumes that there is a mistake that can be corrected. Two days earlier, the deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential office, Ihor Zhovkva, Germany blamed for the slow payout. Only one billion out of nine billion in macro-financial aid from the EU has been paid out.

The Federal Ministry of Finance rejected the accusation. According to the EU Commission, guarantees from member states may be necessary for the outstanding amount because it is not possible to secure it via the EU budget.

4th of August

6:35 a.m .: Selenskyj criticizes Schröder’s statements

Schröder was for his statements in a interview He was heavily criticized with the “star” – the Ukrainian President Selenskyj also took a sharp stab at him in his evening video speech, but without naming him. “It is just disgusting when former leaders of powerful states with European values ​​work for Russiawhich fights against these values,” said Zelenskyj.

After his trip to Russia, Schröder declared that Putin was interested in a negotiated solution. Zelenskyy commented on these statements that if Russia were really interested in a peaceful solution to the conflict, it would not now concentrate further reserves in southern Ukraine.

Ukraine President Selenskyj addressed Schröder's statements in his daily video address.

Ukraine President Selenskyj addressed Schröder’s statements in his daily video address.Image: AP / Efrem Lukatsky

In the course of this, he placed the Ukraine war in a series of international conflicts and criticized the global security architecture as inadequate overall. Currently there is Headlines about conflicts in the Balkans, Taiwan and the Caucasus. “The global security architecture didn’t work,” Selensky said. The war in Ukraine shows how fragile freedom is. “It can only be protected through collective action, and for this to work in the long term, an effective global security architecture is needed that ensures that no state ever again terror against another state,” Zelenskyj demanded.

3rd August

7.15 a.m .: Former Chancellor Schröder confident after talks in Moscow

After talks in Moscow, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder expressed his confidence that Russia would seek a “negotiated solution” in the war against Ukraine. The recently reached agreement between the warring parties on grain exports from Ukraine is an “initial success” that could perhaps “slowly be expanded into a ceasefire,” said the SPD member in an interview with “Stern” magazine and the broadcaster “RTL/ntv”.

He met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week. “The good news is that the Kremlin wants a negotiated solution,” said Schröder.

Schröder once again described the war as a “mistake by the Russian government”, but at the same time defended his contacts with Moscow. “But why should I with talks that are legally possible and me and my family don’t get in trouble, quit?” he asked in the interview.

It was “a big mistake to denigrate possible concessions by Ukraine as a Russian “dictated peace” in advance,” said Schröder. He believed that the really relevant problems could be solvedincluding a compromise for the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine and the question of a possible “armed neutrality” for Ukraine as an alternative to NATO membership.

Schröder expressly praised the mediation efforts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the conflict. “But it won’t work without a yes from Washington,” said Schröder, referring to the US government’s position.

12.15 a.m .: Zelenskyj: Battlefields in Donbass are “just hell”

The Ukrainian army needs more weapons to defeat the Russian superiority in the Donbass, Zelenskyy said in his video address. He thanked the US for continuing to provide military aid. His army could inflict casualties on the attackers with Himar’s multiple rocket launchers. Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov confirmed on Tuesday the arrival of four more Himars units from the United States and the German Mars multiple rocket launcher.

“In fact, we still cannot completely break the advantage of the Russian army in terms of artillery and manpower,” said Zelenskyy. This was felt in the battles for Avdiivka, Pisky and other places. “It’s just hell.”

In western Ukraine on the border with Poland, a Russian missile hit a military facility in the Chervonohrad district on Tuesday evening, according to the administration of the Lviv (Lemberg) region. Explosions were also reported from the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine.

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(nik/and/dpa/afp)

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