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Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of strikes on the site of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the largest in Europe, while three new shipments of cereals, crucial for world food security, have left Ukrainian ports. Follow the latest developments in the conflict live.
9:40 a.m .: Head of Amnesty in Ukraine resigns, after report criticized by kyiv
The head of Amnesty International in Ukraine, Oksana Pokaltchouk, announced its dissemination following the NGO’s report accusing the Ukrainian armed forces of endangering civilians.
“I am resigning from Amnesty International in Ukraine,” said Oksana Pokaltchouk in a press release on her Facebook page overnight from Friday to Saturday, accusing the report, published on August 4, of having unwittingly served “Russian propaganda “.
Amnesty said it took responsibility for its report accusing the Ukrainian army of endangering civilians in its resistance to the Russian invasion by installing military infrastructure in inhabited areas.
8 a.m.: confused situation after strikes on the site of the Zaporijia power plant
The situation is confused concerning the situation at the Zaporijia power plant, under Russian occupation since the beginning of March, kyiv and Moscow rejecting responsibility for strikes on the site.
“Today the occupiers have created another extremely risky situation for all of Europe: they have twice struck the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia. Any bombardment of this site is a shameless crime, an act of terror”, a hammered President Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily video message.
According to Ukraine’s state-owned company Energoatom, “there are risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances. The danger of fire is high.”
The Russian army, for its part, spoke in a press release of “artillery fire” from “Ukrainian armed formations”, both “against the territory of the Zaporizhia power plant and the city of Energodar”, and denounced ” acts of nuclear terrorism”.
7:30 a.m.: Three new shipments of corn left Ukraine
Five days after the departure from the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa of a first cargo ship – expected Sunday in Lebanon – carrying cereals since the outbreak of the Russian offensive, three other shipments, also of corn, left Ukraine in convoy , announced the Turkish Ministry of Defense.
They are destined for Ireland, England and Turkey. A series of regular rotations should follow to supply agricultural markets.
Simultaneously, a building is on its way, also to recover cereals, towards the Ukrainian port of Chernomorsk, which it must reach on Saturday.
“The main thing now is the steady increase in exports,” noted President Zelensky.
Russia and Ukraine have signed two separate agreements, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, which allow the export of Ukrainian cereals immobilized by the conflict and Russian agricultural products despite Western sanctions. With the aim of alleviating the food crisis in some of the poorest countries linked to the blocking of Ukrainian ports.
With Reuters and AFP