Ukraine has accused Russian forces of attacks near a nuclear reactor at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia power plant. in the southeast of the country. Energoatom, the state operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said in a statement: “Three attacks were recorded on the plant site, near one of the power blocks where the nuclear reactor is located.” The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of bombing the plant and said only luck prevented a radiation leak.
Vladimir Putin met with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks which were expected to focus on Russia’s war in Ukraine and are rumored to include the Kremlin’s efforts to circumvent Western sanctions. Russian President welcomed Erdogan to Sochi, a resort town on the Black Sea, thanking the Turkish president for his help in securing an international deal that resumed Ukraine’s grain exports that had been interrupted by the Kremlin’s war machine, as well as Russian food and fertilizer, to markets global. They agreed to boost cooperation in the transportation, agriculture, finance and construction industries, they said in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting.
Three ships carrying nearly 60,000 tons of grain set out from Ukrainian Black Sea ports. and are en route to Great Britain, Ireland and Turkey, respectively. Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said he planned to “ensure ports have the capacity to handle more than 100 ships per month.”
Russia says it is ready to talk about a prisoner swap with the US. following Thursday’s nine-year prison sentence for American basketball player Brittney Griner. However, the Kremlin said such negotiations should not be held publicly.
Amnesty International has said maintains his accusation that Ukraine is endangering civilians by creating military bases in residential areas to counter Russian forces, after a rights group report sparked a furious response from Kyiv. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, criticized Amnesty International for the report published on Thursday, saying the human rights group was drawing a false equivalence between Ukraine as a victim of aggression and the Russian invaders.
The UK Ministry of Defense has expressed concern about the “safety and security” of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.saying that Russia has “used artillery units based in these areas to attack Ukrainian territory on the west bank of the Dnipro [Dnieper] river”.
A European Union plan to cut gas use and help Germany wean itself off Russia will take effect early next week.the bloc’s presidency said on Friday. Last week, EU member states agreed to cut their gas use by 15% during the winter, with exceptions for some countries and despite opposition from Hungary.
Canada is sending up to 225 Canadian armed forces to the UK to restart the training of Ukrainian military recruits., has announced the Canadian defense minister. Since 2015, Canada has trained 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel, but in February it halted some aspects of the training.
A US official accused Moscow of preparing to plant false evidence to make it appear that the recent mass killing of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an attack on a Russian-controlled prison was caused by Ukraine. Kyiv and Moscow have traded blame for last week’s attacks on the Kremlin-controlled Olenivka prison in eastern Ukraine.
A leading Russian expert on hypersonics has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state news agency Tass reported on Friday. Andrei Shiplyuk heads the hypersonics laboratory at the Novosibirsk Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, according to the institute’s website, and in recent years has coordinated research to support the development of hypersonic missile systems, Reuters reports.