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Russia accused of firing missiles from Zaporizhia nuclear power plant


The Ukrainian nuclear energy operator accuses the Russian army of having deployed missile launchers at the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Meanwhile, warning sirens held back in kyiv on Saturday as Russia stepped up its bombardment of Ukrainian cities, killing at least 34 people in the past three days. Follow our live.

  • 4:44 p.m .: Kramatorsk, Konstantinovka… The towns near the Donbass under Russian bombardment


  • 4:10 p.m .: the war in Ukraine must not overshadow the security situation in Africa, according to French Minister Sébastien Lecornu

The conflict in Ukraine “concerns the whole of the West” but “must not make us forget security in Africa”, declared, on Saturday, in Abidjan the French Minister for the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, passing through Côte d’Ivoire, after a visit to Niger.

“On a form of myopia in Europe and in France, where the war in Ukraine mobilizes all energies and it is quite natural, it is a conflict which concerns the whole of the West. However, we must not not forget the news of security in Africa”, he said before meeting the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.

“The fight against terrorism, which the French forces have accomplished with some in Mali and throughout the area, is obviously key and has provided important answers”, but we are now entering a “new agenda” that “we we will co-build with the main friends and allies” of West Africa, he underlined.

  • 3:05 p.m.: Russian delegation visited Iran twice this summer to inspect combat drones

Russian officials have visited Iran at least twice this summer to inspect combat drones to be delivered by Tehran to Moscow, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed.

The Iranian military presented its drones to a Russian delegation on June 8 and July 5 at Kachan air base, 200 km south of Tehran, according to satellite images released by the US government, as Russia seeks to beef up its arsenal in the face of resistance from the Ukrainian army in the east of the country.

  • 2:45 p.m .: no agreement at the G20 because of disagreements between Russia and the West

A meeting of Indonesian finance ministers and G20 central bank governors in ended without a joint statement due to lack of consensus among member countries after disagreements over the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

During the two-day meeting on the island of Bali, the big moneymakers sought answers to the global food and fuel crises and accelerating inflation.

But a new confrontation between Westerners who denounce the impact of the war in Ukraine on the economy and Russia who accuse Western sanctions of being at the origin of the deterioration of the economy, has made an agreement impossible.

  • 9:42 am: Gazprom asks Siemens for a repaired turbine for the Nord Stream gas pipeline

The Russian gas giant Gazprom has announced that it has asked the German group Siemens to hand over a turbine repaired in Canada to ensure the operations of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which supplies Europe.

The fate of this turbine, presented by Gazprom as essential to the operation of a Nord Stream gas compressor station, has for several weeks cast doubt on the future of deliveries of Russian blue gold to Europe.

This equipment had been sent by Siemens to Canada for repair. Despite the sanctions aimed at Moscow for its offensive in Ukraine, Ottawa has announced that it would send the turbine back to Germany, Siemens having to hand it over to Gazprom. But the Russian group had no guarantee of being able to recover.

  • 9:36 a.m.: Russian strike kills three people in Kharkiv region, governor announces

A Russian airstrike hit the town of Chuhuiv in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region overnight from Friday to Saturday, killing three people, including a 70-year-old woman, and blessing three others, the regional governor said.

The strike damaged a residential building, a school and a store, and rescuers were digging through the rubble, Governor Oleh Synehubov said on Telegram.

  • 9:12 a.m .: Joe Biden will release a billion dollars to fight the food crisis

Joe Biden will announce on Saturday a billion dollars in aid to improve food security in the Middle East and North Africa, threatened since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, according to a White House official.

This amount will be committed “in the short and long term”, said this official, who did not wish to be identified, when Joe Biden revealed himself in Saudi Arabia on his tour in the Middle East.

  • 5:33 a.m .: Russia accused of firing missiles from Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

The Ukrainian nuclear energy operator accuses the Russian army of having deployed missile launchers at the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, in particular to fire on the regions of Nikopol and Dnipro, where strikes were reported overnight from Friday to Saturday.

“The Russian occupiers have installed missile firing systems on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” Petro Kotin, chairman of Energoatom, told Telegram after a television interview on Ukrainian channel United News.

“The situation (at the power plant) is extremely tense and the tension is increasing day by day. The occupants are bringing their machinery there, including missile systems with which they have already struck on the other side of the Dnipro river and in the territory of Nikopol”, 80 km southwest of Zaporizhia, he said.

Ukraine’s largest power plant fell to Russian forces in early March, shortly after the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

  • 5:31 a.m .: Warning sirens hold kyiv

Warning sirens held off in kyiv on Saturday as Russia stepped up its bombardment of Ukrainian cities, killing at least 34 people in the past three days.

Russian missiles struck the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro late Friday, killing three people and blessing 15, regional governor Valentyn Reznychenko announced on Telegram.

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