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Ukraine says it has discovered four ‘torture sites’ used by Russians in Kherson

The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday that it had discovered four “torture sites” used by the Russians in Kherson during their occupation of this southern Ukrainian city until its recapture by kyiv troops on November 11.

“In Kherson, prosecutors continue to establish Russia’s crimes: torture sites have been established in four buildings,” the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said on Telegram. kyiv has, since the city’s liberation, repeatedly denounced Russian “war crimes” and “atrocities” in the region.

Strikes on the Zaporijia power plant: an expert points out the risk of “radioactive emanations”

A consensus is emerging among scientists. The installations in Zaporizhia, like the shutting down of the power station, protect the world from an atomic calamity. Lova Rinel, associate researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research, reaffirmed this in duplex on BFMTV. Despite “the dozens of strikes” recorded in recent days, she highlighted: “The Zaporizhia power plant is hundreds of km2, it is a huge installation, a technological jewel”.

A gigantism and a sophistication which are guarantees according to the researcher who insisted on the “level of technology” of Zaporijia. Lova Rinel continued: “The current strikes are not worrying what is it is the use of a nuclear power plant as a military shield”.

On the other hand, it confirmed the risk that these strikes however make us incur: if the sites containing “spent and new fuels” were to be reached, “we (would) have radioactive emanations” but “which do not come under a nuclear accident of the Chernobyl type”.

Suspected executions in Ukraine: Moscow wants to “find and punish” the culprits

The Kremlin promised on Monday to punish those responsible for the death of a group of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, denounced by Moscow as an execution, while kyiv claims that these soldiers were killed after a false surrender.

“Naturally Russia will itself search for those who committed this crime. They must be found and punished,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. He added that Moscow will turn to international bodies for this purpose, “if this can be useful”.

Russia on Friday accused Ukraine of executing more than ten of its soldiers who had laid down their arms, based on videos posted on social networks. On the first video, a dozen soldiers presumed to be Russian come out one after the other from a shelter, hands in the air, and lie face down on the ground under the injunction of apparently Ukrainian soldiers who hold them at gunpoint.

The video abruptly ends when a last silhouette emerges from the shelter and seems to open fire. Another video filmed by a drone shows the same place with a dozen bodies of soldiers lying in pools of blood.

On Sunday, Ukrainian human rights official Dmytro Lubynets said the videos showed a “feigned surrender” and that Russian soldiers had “committed a war crime by opening fire on Ukrainian armed forces”. The Russian soldiers killed in this incident “cannot therefore be considered as prisoners of war”, he argued.

“The situation is becoming dramatic”: The alert of the humanitarian association Doc4Ukraine to the power cuts

Caroline Didier, from the association Doc4Ukraine, which trains and sends caregivers to Ukraine, was our guest. She said: “The situation is very tense there. We are close to the black out total in kyiv and Lviv where the injured are arriving”.

From power cuts to the most concrete consequences. “There is no longer a telephone network and that means that we are stopping operations in hospitals, and the products will run out. The situation is becoming dramatic”, she listed, noting again:

“And there are a lot of towers in these cities so no electricity means no elevator, no water, no heating and for the elderly.”

All the more problematic since the Slavic winter is already here, noted the associative activist: “The temperatures are cold, the snows have arrived and we have reached the frost period”.

She concluded with a call: “We call on French companies to join us in fighting the cold on site, providing health and food equipment”.

When Europe barricades itself in the face of the threat

On Friday, Finland announced the construction of a wall to protect it from Russia, which it borders, starting in March 2023.

The Baltic countries have also said they intend to strengthen their protection against their Russian neighbour. Find the analysis of our journalist on set this morning.

New Zealand Defense Minister visits Kyiv

New Zealand Defense Minister Peeni Henare traveled to Ukraine, kyiv, where he met, among others, his local counterpart, Oleksii Reznikov.

The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, author of the tweet above, welcomed this diplomatic trip, seeing it as a “strong signal of support from the New Zealand government and a historic visit”. “This is the first time that a minister from Wellington has come to kyiv,” he said.

Bombing of Zaporizhia: threat around nuclear waste according to an expert

As our guest on set this morning, Ludovic Dupin, Information Director of the French Nuclear Energy Society, dismissed the threat of a major atomic disaster in Zaporijia: “The plant was shut down at cold – so far from its melting temperature – but there is still nuclear material at the site”.

This does not mean that all risk is swept away. But this is rather due to the presence of nuclear waste on site. “An explosion passed not far from a nuclear waste site, so Rafael Grossi (director of the IAEA, editor’s note) is right to say that we must stop”, pointed out Ludovic Dupin, before indicating a possible consequence of this bombardment:

“There is a risk of serious local pollution. The spent fuel is under the concrete domes but other waste is less protected”.

As for knowing who is shooting, the expert refused to venture: “People who are shooting know very well where they are doing it, but the Ukrainians, like the Russians, know very well how the plant is made”.

At the center of the duel in Zaporizhia: the competition of memories around Chernobyl

According to our military consultant, General Jérôme Pellistrandi, this dangerous game around the Zaporijia power plant is explained by a difference in the memory of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

While Ukrainians are still traumatized by it, “Russian soldiers are often young,” the officer remarked: “For them, Chernobyl was never spoken to about it because it was a Soviet failure, it doesn’t speak to them. So the power plant is just a thing on the front.”

Despite tensions between the two men over the war in Ukraine, Putin praises Tokayev’s “convincing” victory in the Kazakh presidential election

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday hailed the victory of his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, re-elected the day before in this Central Asian country, a traditional ally of Moscow but which has taken some distance since the invasion of Ukraine.

“You have received convincing proof of confidence from your compatriots,” said Vladimir Putin, quoted in a statement from the Kremlin, assuring that the “strategic partnership” and the alliance between Astana and Moscow “are progressing with remarkable success”.

For Breton, “Europe is primarily concerned” by the war in Ukraine

Asked about the conflict, Thierry Breton said: “Of course, it is Europe that is primarily concerned”.

He listed the “four fronts” on which he believed the EU was called upon:

“Europe will continue to massively assist Ukraine, particularly in its needs for military equipment. It must also assist in economic matters – We have offered 18 billion euros in support. There is also the humanitarian front”.

“We can expect new migrants this winter,” he concluded.

“He’s a president at war”: European Commissioner Thierry Breton renews his confidence in Volodymyr Zelensky after the fall of a missile in Poland

Volodymyr Zelensky’s statements after the deadly fall of a missile in Poland, blaming Russia when it quickly appeared that the projectiles came from Ukrainian weapons, caused trouble last week.

On BFMTV, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, supported him this morning: “Volodymyr Zelensky is still a head of state at war, a difficult, cruel war! And he corrected himself, whose act.”

“When there is suspicion, we look more towards Moscow than kyiv. Because the origin of all this is the war, the aggression led by Vladimir Putin!” he also recalled.

Bombing of Zaporizhia: Ukrainian MP denounces “Putin’s nuclear blackmail”

Oleksiy Goncherenko intervened this morning on BFMTV to refute the idea of ​​any Ukrainian responsibility in the shootings at the Zaporijia power plant: “What reason would Ukraine have to strike its own power plant on its territory? To have a nuclear disaster on its territory?”

“Putin is using nuclear blackmail against everyone,” assured the opposition parliamentarian.

The belligerents accuse each other of the bombardment

The belligerents have multiplied the accusations against each other. For the Russian Defense Ministry, in a press release, “the kyiv regime does not stop provocations in order to create the threat of a disaster at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant”.

For its part, the Ukrainian nuclear agency accused Russia of having bombed the site of the plant.

“This morning of November 20, 2022, following heavy Russian bombing, at least 12 strikes were recorded at the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” Energoatom said, accusing the Russians of “once again organizing a nuclear blackmail and put the whole world in danger”.

Bombing of Zaporizhia: IAEA boss calls for “stopping this madness”

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) denounced Sunday on BFMTV “deliberate and targeted” shootings against the nuclear power plant of Zaporijjia, the largest in Europe, calling to “stop this madness”. Russia and Ukraine again accused each other on Sunday of having bombed this nuclear power plant located in southern Ukraine and militarily occupied by the Russian army.

kyiv also denied having executed several Russian soldiers who had gone there. “Explosions have taken place on the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable,” said Rafael Grossi, in an interview with the French channel BFMTV.

“Whoever it is, this needs to stop immediately,” urged the IAEA chief, insisting, “People doing this know where they’re hitting. It’s absolutely deliberate, targeted.”

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