After the Ukrainian attack, Russia says it has cracked down on Islamist sects in Crimea
Crimea’s leader said today that Russian security services had broken up an Islamist “terrorist” unit that had coordinated from Ukraine.It comes a day after the second suspected Ukrainian attack in a week on the peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.
Explosions and fires continued today at a military warehouse in northern Crimea, rocked yesterday by ammunition explosions, which the Russian military blamed on saboteurs, the peninsula’s highest authority, Sergui Aksyonov, said.
The sabotage comes a week after bombs rocked a Russian air base in Crimea, with planes taking off daily to bomb other parts of Ukraine.
Although he indicated that he had taken responsibility, Ukraine is not coming to tell any factsIt would have been the first Ukrainian attack in Crimea, where Russia has anchored its Black Sea military fleet since it was annexed by Moscow in 2014.
In an allusion to the explosions in Crimea, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last night praised people “resisting the aggressors in their rear” and warned Ukrainians not to go near Russian ammunition depots.
Aksyonov wrote on the Telegram messaging app that Russia’s domestic intelligence service, the Federal Security Service (FSB), had dismantled a six-man “terrorist” cell on the peninsula.
“All of them have been detained. “The activities of these terrorists, as expected, were coordinated from the territory of the terrorist state of Ukraine,” Aksionov said, according to Sputnik news agency.
Aksyonov said all those arrested were members of the Islamic fundamentalist Liberation Party, or Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in countries from Russia and Germany to China.
The FSB issued a statement about the arrests, but did not say whether they were related to yesterday’s bombings at a military depot in the Zhankoy district of northern Crimea.
However, the FSB report cited Yalta in Jankoy as one of the two cities where the arrests of members of the Islamist cell were made, the note added.
The Russian military said yesterday that the explosions at the ammunition depot were an act of “sabotage”.
NATO calls for “urgent” inspection of Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia
NATO considers it “urgent” for the UN nuclear watchdog to inspect the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, which is under Russian military control, the Atlantic alliance’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, said.
“It is urgent to authorize an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection and guarantee the withdrawal of all Russian forces from the site,” Stoltenberg told a press conference in Brussels.
The price of electricity in Germany reaches a record of 557 euros per MWh
The price of electricity in Germany reached a historic high of 557 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), according to data provided by the European Energy Exchange AG this Wednesday, relative to prices for short-term bulk supplies.
That price is the price paid by large power companies and intermediaries for electricity they intend to deliver the next day, so the price reached this Wednesday for its delivery on Thursday, according to data from the Leipzig-based company. (East Germany).
At the beginning of this week, for the first time, the price of electricity exceeded the threshold of 500 euros per MWh, so ten times higher than the one recorded a year ago, when the category was 50 euros per MWh. materials.
As for the final price for households in Germany, the latest available data corresponds to July, when it reached an average of 39 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), an increase of 28 percent year-on-year, according to calculations by comparator of supplies Sek24.
That is, a household using an average of 5,000 kWh would pay less than two thousand euros per year, according to the same source.
Ukraine removes Russian, Belarusian teachers from high school curriculum
Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science announced in a statement on Tuesday that it has withdrawn Russian and Belarusian teachers from the secondary education program for the start of the school year.
According to the updated curriculum, in the subject of foreign literature, only authors of works in Russian who were born in present-day Ukraine or have a special relationship with this country will now be studied.
“Reviewing and updating the content of the general curriculum of secondary education to the challenges that have arisen in connection with the large-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” the ministry said in the statement.
According to the Ukrainian agency “Union”, this means that students will no longer study Russian national poet Alexander Pushkin, although the program includes Nikolai Gokol and Mikhail Bulgakov, both born on the territory of what is now Ukraine. Russian..
Instead, teaching time reserved for Russian writers will be devoted to European writers, poets and playwrights such as Jean de Lafontaine, Robert Burns and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Russian security services arrested members of an Islamist group in Crimea
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB, formerly KGB) announced on Wednesday the arrest of six members of the terrorist group in the annexed Crimean peninsula.
“Thanks to the coordinated actions of FSB agents in Zhankoy and Yalta, the conspiracy unit of a six-member terrorist organization was neutralized,” said an official note cited by Interfax agency.
The statement also said they were members of Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, a banned organization in Russia.
According to the FSB, the prisoners, led by “Ukrainian emissaries”, carried out activities aimed at spreading terrorist ideology on Russian territory.
“During the conspiracy meetings they also recruited Muslims from Russia into their ranks,” the note added, which did not link them to the previous day’s Zhankoil attack, where a Russian military weapons depot was blown up.
This Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry for the first time acknowledged sabotage against a Russian military depot in Crimea without naming its authors.
Zelensky urges Ukrainians in occupied territory to avoid Russian military bases
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Ukrainians living in Russian-occupied territory not to go near Russian military installations and ammunition depots, while stressing the importance of making Moscow war-weary.
“I ask all our people in Crimea, in other parts of the south of the country, in the occupied Donbass and in the Kharkiv region, to be very careful. Do not approach the military facilities of the Russian army and those places. Where they store ammunition and equipment, where they have shelters,” he said. He said on his regular nightly news.
Zelensky noted “every day and night” new reports of explosions in Russian-occupied territory.
“The reasons for the explosions in the occupied territory are different, very different, in particular, I quote the definition of the occupiers, ‘failed work’,” he added.
Macron called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, which the Russians and Ukrainians accuse each other of bombing.
In a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, Macron “expressed concern about the threat posed by commitments and security presence, the actions of the Russian armed forces and the context of war (,…). Called for the withdrawal of Ukrainian nuclear installations and those forces,” the French presidency said.
The Zaporizhia plant, Europe’s largest, was captured by Russian troops in March, shortly after the Russian invasion began. Ukraine.
Zelenski, Erdogan and Guterres meet in Ukraine on Thursday
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky; his counterpart from Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan; and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet in western Ukraine on Thursday, the international body announced today.
“At the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Secretary-General will participate in a trilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Ukrainian President in Lviv on Thursday,” Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric told a press conference.
The meeting “examines” the implementation of an international agreement signed in Istanbul in July to allow grain exports from Ukraine, “of which Turkey is a key component,” AFP news agency reported.
“Many issues will be raised in general, such as the need for a political solution to the conflict. I have no doubt that the nuclear power plant (in Zaporizhia) and other issues will also be discussed,” Dujarric said. It is mentioned that there will be a bilateral meeting between the President of Ukraine and the Secretary General.
Ukraine’s nuclear operator condemns “unprecedented” Russian cyber attack on its website
Energoatom, the operator of Ukrainian nuclear power plants, on Tuesday condemned an “unprecedented” cyber attack against its website, although it assured that its operations had not suffered any “significant” disruptions.
“On August 16, 2022, the most powerful cyber attack since the beginning of the Russian invasion against the Energoatom portal took place,” the government agency said on Telegram. “The attack was launched from Russian territory,” he added.
The Russian group “People’s Cyber Army” used 7.25 million cyber robots to attack the Energoatom site, according to a Ukrainian company.
Poland accuses Germany and France of imposing “real oligarchy” on EU
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned the “virtual oligarchy” imposed by France and Germany on the European Union (EU) and called for the bloc’s “return to principles” in an essay devoted to the war in Ukraine. Published today in French newspaper Le Monde.
According to Morawiecki, the conflict in Ukraine “revealed the truth about Europe”, which “refused to listen to the voice of truth” coming from Poland about the “imperialist” ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which in his opinion “is an example” of the wider problem the EU is currently facing.
“Inside it, the equality of individual states is of a declaratory nature. The political practice is that the German and French voices have more weight,” said the head of the Polish government.
“We are facing a formal democracy and a de facto oligarchy in which power is held by a few,” he said.
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