Ukraine accuses Russia of planning fake bombings at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Around 200 people like relatives, writers and journalists paid their respects Victoria Amelina at a ceremony at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kew (Ukraine) on Tuesday, July 4. The author, who traveled the country documenting war crimes committed by the Russian military, died on Saturday in a hospital in Dnipro after being seriously injured during the June 27 bombing of a restaurant in Kramatorsk, which killed a total of 13 people. The announcement of his death sent shockwaves across the country. Victoria Amelina, 37, is to be buried in Lviv on Wednesday. Here are other things to remember from this day.
Ukraine accuses Russia of preparing for a “provocation” in Zaporizhia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russians warned his French President Emmanuel Macron during a phone conversation. “Made dangerous provocations” In Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which they occupy from March 2022. “We have agreed with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) to control the situation as much as possible.”, he added. The French president, for his part, remembered him “Full Support” To the IAEA Director regarding plant safety. Ukraine’s president reiterated his accusations on Twitter later in the evening.
Earlier, the Ukrainian General Staff had already accused the Russian army of preparing “provocation” In “in the future”. insists that “Materials resembling explosive devices were placed on the outer roof of reactors 3 and 4.”. “Their indication was not to damage the generators, but to give the appearance of shelling from the Ukrainian side”The army continued, warning that Moscow “There will be misinformation about it.”.
At the same time, in Moscow, an adviser to the Russian nuclear power company Rosatom, Renaud Garcha, accused Q of preparing it. “attack” of the center. “Today we received information that I am authorized to disclose. On July 5, in complete darkness, the Ukrainian military will attempt to attack the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.”, he told Russian television. He assures that he plans to use kyiv “Long Range Precision Weapons” And drones.
Russian strikes claim new victims
Governor Oleksandr Prokhudin announced in a telegram that two people were killed by Russian artillery shelling in the Kherson region. In the Kharkiv region, a Russian attack using an Iskander missile injured at least 40 people, including 12 children, according to a statement issued by Volodymyr Zelensky. According to local authorities, three people were injured in Donetsk region and another three in Chernihiv region. Three people were killed and 21 injured when a Russian drone struck an apartment building in the northeastern city of Sumi on Monday.
Moscow claims to have driven off Ukrainian drones
Russia has announced that it has shot down five drones in the Moscow region, in areas targeted only a few times since the offensive began in Ukraine. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, four drones were destroyed by anti-aircraft defenses near the capital and a fifth was neutralized by “electronic warfare means” before crashing in the Moscow region. The ministry said there was no loss of life or damage in the attack. However, it disrupted operations at Vnukovo Airport, one of Moscow’s three main international airports, for three hours.
“These attacks would not have been possible without the assistance provided to the Kiev regime by the United States and its NATO allies.”, the Russian Foreign Ministry alleged. Westerners “Train drone operators and provide intelligence needed to commit such crimes”, he added. After the attack, Russian embassy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned Telegram. “act of terrorism”.
NATO chairman reappointed
Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, who has been in office since 2014, was reappointed as NATO’s secretary general during a meeting of ambassadors from the alliance’s 31 member states. He will hold office till October 1, 2024. If names were circulated in his place, no personality declared himself as a candidate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a candidate for NATO membership. “Thanks to Jens Stoltenberg for his personal efforts to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations” In a phone interview, he said. The alliance meets for a summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) on July 11 and 12.
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