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Ukraine announces that Russia is preparing to leave Zaporizhia

Ukrainian soldiers attack Russian positions in Donetsk. / REUTERS

kyiv’s state-owned atomic power operator sees signs of imminent withdrawal that would leave the facility in IAEA hands

New activity around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. The troops that guard the facilities have received material in the last few hours to probably mine the territory of the plant, signals that have been repeated previously in locations controlled by Moscow just before leaving them, Petro Kotin, head of the state operator, said on Sunday. of atomic energy of Ukraine, Energoatom, according to the communication portal ‘Kyiv Independent’.

The situation in Zaporizhia has alerted the international community since the beginning of March, when Moscow took control of it and used the plant as a base during the nine months of war. Continuous bombardments around the plant have fueled fear of a nuclear catastrophe like the one that took place in Chernobyl in 1986. World leaders have called not only for the cessation of the fighting, but also for the removal of Russian soldiers from the facilities atomic. Everything indicates that soon his wish will come true.

Kotin stressed, citing Russian media, that once the Kremlin leaves Zaporizhia, control could be given to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an entity that on the 20th detected more than a dozen explosions near the plant.

Fear and submission under Russian occupation

Meanwhile, attacks continue on various positions on the front. The governor of Kherson, Yaroslav Yanushevich, denounced that Russia bombed the region 54 times this day, “on purpose” targeting civilian infrastructure (residential buildings, a garage and an educational institution, as well as several villages). The “terrorist tactics” caused the death of a citizen and injured two, including a child. And in Donetsk, Kremlin attacks left seven dead and nineteen injured, all civilians. In addition, in this region, Moscow announced the death of a hundred “foreign mercenaries” during the latest offensive.

While the missiles fall in some areas, others are recovering from the most recent attacks. Like kyiv, whose authorities announced that the supply of water, gas and electricity was restored today “almost completely” after the latest wave of bombings in the capital. The recovery works in the systems are already in their final stage and the electricity producers cover almost 80% of the consumption needs nationwide.

“Red line”

But the war is not over and it is feared that Moscow will attack critical infrastructure again. In this sense, the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, denounced that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, tries to “use winter as a weapon” attacking these systems. A sharp drop in temperatures is announced for next week, which could reach up to twenty degrees below zero.

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Cruelty thus increases in a confrontation in which there have been numerous rapes, as denounced today by the Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, James Cleverly, who stated that, like the use of chemical weapons, this type of aggression should constitute a “red line”. A situation that is also repeated in other countries at war such as Yemen and Iraq. “These acts are abominable and cannot go unpunished,” he declared.

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