Putin says an “anti-Russian enclave” is forming in Ukraine that threatens his country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said an “anti-Russian enclave” is being created in Ukraine to threaten Russia, and that Moscow’s military campaign in the neighboring country aims to end it.
“On the territory of today’s Ukraine they started creating an anti-Russian territory, which threatens our country,” the Kremlin leader said in a meeting with schoolchildren in the Russian enclave of Batik, Kaliningrad, on the occasion of the start of classes. Live on Russian State TV.
For this reason, he added, “our boys are fighting there, many are dying, they are protecting the people of Donbass and Russia, which certainly deserves the support of the whole community.”
“This is not a childish issue, but it is very understandable. They have actually started a war against us that will last eight years. Our mission, the mission of our soldiers, is to end this war and protect the people.” Said the President..
Macron says talks with Russia are necessary to “build peace”.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday stressed the need to continue talking with Russia “to prepare for peace”, although he insisted: “We cannot allow Russia to win this war” against Ukraine.
“France will continue to talk to Russia and, when it is useful, prepare for peace”, with terms agreed by both sides to be “negotiated”, Macron said in a speech before a conference of French ambassadors around the world. the world
The French president has been criticized from time to time for maintaining ties with Vladimir Putin after the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Macron, who says he was doing so at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recalled: “A diplomat’s job is to talk to everyone, especially to talk to those with whom we disagree”.
He explained that Paris’s goal in the conflict was “to help Ukraine.” “We cannot allow Russia to win this war and seize territories” with “an imperialist logic”, although he insisted: “We do not want to take part in the conflict”.
Macron insisted that the war in Ukraine “needs to avoid the ongoing world division” because for many countries outside Europe it is a “regional” conflict, for which he asked his diplomats to show that “this is an aggression by Russia”. “Violates all norms of international law.
Polish warplanes began patrolling Slovak airspace
Polish Air Force planes will patrol Slovak airspace from this Thursday until the end of 2023, Warsaw announced today.
In an official statement, Pawel Soloch, head of the Polish National Defense Office, announced the start of the mission, which will be carried out on a rotational basis by two F-16 or two Mig-29 aircraft with a crew of ten. Players.
Under an agreement announced Saturday during a military air show at the Malaki base near Bratislava, Poland and the Czech Republic will support Slovakia by protecting its airspace until its armed forces receive 14 F-16S from the United States.
The deployment has similar objectives to that of the Baltic states, where a friendly military air group has been established to monitor Russian violations of NATO airspace and monitor the development of the war in Ukraine.
IAEA mission arrives at Saporitia plant
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission sent to investigate Ukraine’s nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, controlled by Russian troops, is already at the facility, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom said.
An IAEA spokesperson confirmed the arrival of the international team of inspectors.
“The IAEA mission has arrived at the Jaboria plant,” said Friedrich Dahl, who has traveled with a team to stabilize the situation at Europe’s largest plant, which has been subject to attacks that could disrupt its operations.
According to the Interfax agency, a UN convoy of nine vehicles The convoy entered the vicinity of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant at around 2:15 pm (11:15 GMT).
A panel of 14 experts from the Vienna-based UN nuclear agency IAEA is tasked with assessing the situation in Zaporizhia, which was taken over by the Russian military six months ago.
Lavrov, against responding to the EU to restrict visas for Russians
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed today that the European Union (EU) is opposed to taking measures in response to restrictions on visas for Russian citizens agreed to.
Addressing the Moscow Institute of International Relations at the beginning of the academic year, the head of Russian diplomacy said, “We must not respond to stupidity with stupidity.”
He stressed that Russia does not need to isolate itself or “collectively punish the citizens of European countries.”
At the same time, Lavrov hinted that the principle of reciprocity would apply, but stressed that it “must be used against the instigators, organizers and implementers of these anti-Russian sanctions.”
At least three people were killed in the Ukrainian attack on Energodar
At least three people were killed today in a Ukrainian artillery strike on Energodar, a town in southern Ukraine controlled by Russian troops that houses the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the pro-Russian interim administration condemned.
“Three civilians were killed and another was wounded,” an administration spokesman told Russian agency Interfax, adding that the city came under massive artillery fire by armed forces in the early hours of the morning.
In addition, Alexander Volka, the head of the city’s pro-Russian administration, announced that a Ukrainian division had landed on the outskirts of Enerkodar, located on the left bank of the Dnieper.
“Our aviation is working (…) I think soon everything will be over and we will win,” he told Volga, as quoted by Interfax.
Russia says the situation around the Zaporizhia plant is “under control”.
UN The Russian Defense Ministry said the situation around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye, where fresh fighting broke out on Thursday, was “under control” ahead of the arrival of experts from the nuclear organization.
“The situation around the nuclear power plant is complicated, but it is under control,” the Russian military ministry said in a statement.
It reiterates the willingness of Russian forces to receive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.
Pro-Russian officials from Energizaré, the town that hosts the nuclear power plant, confirmed that the IAEA mission entered Russian military-held territory in the Zaporizhia region and headed toward Energodar.
“According to the latest information, they will pass the Vasilievka checkpoint and in an hour they will be at Energodar,” pro-Russian mayor Alexander Volka said.
Red Cross asks to “stop playing with fire” around Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday called for an end to military operations around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the southern region. Ukraine and occupied by Russian forces.
“It is time to stop playing with fire and take concrete steps to protect this facility and others from military operations,” ICRC Director General Robert Martini told reporters in Kyiv.
“The slightest miscalculation can unleash a catastrophe that we will regret for decades,” he added.
Russia accuses Ukraine of “sabotage” near the Zaporizhia power plant
The Russian military on Thursday accused Ukrainian troops of crossing the Dniepr River and retaking the nearby Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, where a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to go.
“At around 0600 hours (0300 GMT), two groups of saboteurs from the Ukrainian military, up to about 60 people, landed in seven boats (…) three kilometers northeast of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” he said in a statement. . A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said it had taken “measures to destroy the enemy”.
Ukraine condemns Russian bombing of city where Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is located
Ukrainian officials accused Russia of bombing the city of Enerkodar, home to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is due to visit this Thursday by a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The Russians are firing artillery on the route the IAEA mission is supposed to take to the Zaporizhia plant,” the Moscow-controlled city’s mayor, Dmytro Orlov, condemned in a telegram.
According to Orlov, the UN The regulator’s representatives could not “proceed on its way” to the plant for “security reasons”.
Ukraine nuclear power plant shutdown due to explosion
One of the six reactors at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, controlled by Russian forces in southern Ukraine, was shut down Thursday as a precaution due to Russian bombing, the plant’s Ukrainian operator said.
“Today at 4:57 a.m. (0157 GMT), due to another mortar shell attack by Russian occupying forces at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant complex, emergency protection was activated and the power unit was shut down. Operation 5,” Energotum said in a statement. Report prior to the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the site.
IAEA inspectors visit Zaporizhia
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Thursday that his work on Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is occupied by Russian troops, continues despite military actions condemned by both sides.
“There was military action this morning and a few minutes ago,” but “we’re not stopping, we’re moving,” Argentine ambassador Rafael Grossi said from the city of Zaporizhia before heading to the plant, 120 kilometers away. .
“We will immediately begin assessing the plant’s security situation,” Croci added.
In the morning, Russians and Ukrainians charged each other around the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, about two hours by car from the city of Zaporizhia and closest to the front lines.
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