Russia-Ukraine conflict: blasts heard in Kyiv area; Joe Biden to name Volodymyr Zelenskiy – dwell information

Russia-Ukraine conflict: blasts heard in Kyiv area; Joe Biden to name Volodymyr Zelenskiy – dwell information

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Explosions heard in Kyiv area – stories

Ukrainian officers are reporting explosions close to Kyiv early this morning .

Ukraine’s armed forces mentioned that “a number of” explosions have been heard within the Vyshgorod district round 3am on Thursday, a district north of town centre, in an alert issued by way of its official Telegram account.

The pinnacle of the Kyiv regional navy administration, Oleksiy Kuleba, additionally issued a Telegram replace, saying:

Now we have details about a number of sounds of explosions in one of many communities of the Vyshgorod district. We’re clarifying the data. Emergency providers are already working.”

Kuleba urged resident to hunt shelter instantly.

In keeping with Ukraine’s emergency providers, an air raid alert was issued all through the area at 3.21am.

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Ukrainian officers are reporting a sequence of explosions close to Kyiv early this morning. Ukraine’s armed forces mentioned that “a number of” explosions have been heard within the Vyshgorod district round 3am on Thursday, a district north of town centre.

It’s 5am in Kyiv. Right here is the place we stand:

  • Russia plans to disconnect Europe’s largest nuclear plant from Ukraine’s energy grid, risking a catastrophic failure of its cooling techniques, the Guardian has been informed. Petro Kotin, the top of Ukraine’s atomic power firm, mentioned Russian engineers had drawn up a blueprint for a swap on the grounds of emergency planning ought to preventing sever remaining energy connections. “The precondition for this plan was heavy injury of all traces which join Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant to the Ukrainian system,” Kotin mentioned.

  • At the least 22 individuals have been killed and 50 wounded in a Russian rocket strike on a Ukrainian railway station, because the nation marked a sombre independence day, and 6 months since Moscow’s invasion began. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, mentioned the rockets struck a prepare in a station within the city of Chaplyne, about 145km (90 miles) west of Donetsk in japanese Ukraine. “Chaplyne is our ache at present. As of this second, there are 22 lifeless, 5 of them burned within the automobile, an 11-year-old teenager died,” he mentioned including that the demise toll may improve as rescue operations proceed.

  • Zelenskiy says Russia has positioned the world “getting ready to a radiation catastrophe”. “It’s a proven fact that the Russian navy made the territory of the most important nuclear energy plant in Europe a fight zone … Now all of Europe and all neighbouring areas are beneath the specter of radiation air pollution,” he mentioned in a Wednesday night deal with. Zelenskiy additionally known as for th UN’s nuclear watchdog to take “everlasting management” of the state of affairs on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant.

  • US president Joe Biden confirmed an additional $3bn (£2.5bn) in navy support, together with anti-aircraft missiles, artillery, counter-drone defences and radar tools. US officers mentioned the tools, which should be ordered and won’t be delivered for months or years, represented a longer-term funding in Ukrainian safety. It’s the greatest tranche of US navy support to this point.

  • The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, visited Ukraine for the third time since Russia invaded, urging the worldwide neighborhood to “keep the course” in its help. Saying £54m in help, he informed Zelenskiy that Ukraine “can and can win the conflict”. Different senior politicians from throughout Europe travelled to Kyiv to indicate their help in particular person.

  • Moscow is making preparations to stage referendums in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, in response to US intelligence. “Now we have data that Russia continues to arrange to carry these sham referendum in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and the so known as Donetsk and Luhansk individuals’s republics,” spokesperson for Biden’s nationwide safety council, John Kirby, mentioned. “We’ve additionally realized that the Russian management has instructed officers to start making ready to carry sham referenda, notably in Kharkiv as properly. And these referenda may start in a matter of days or even weeks.”

  • Plans by Russian-backed authorities to attempt Ukrainian prisoners of conflict in Mariupol could be a “mockery of justice”, the US secretary of state spokesperson, Ned Worth, mentioned. “The deliberate present trials are illegitimate and a mockery of justice, and we strongly condemn them,” he mentioned on Wednesday.

  • Russia has claimed that the slowing tempo of its navy marketing campaign in Ukraine is deliberate, and pushed by the necessity to scale back civilian casualties. Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, mentioned: “Every thing is being completed to keep away from casualties amongst civilians. In fact, this slows down the tempo of the offensive, however we’re doing this intentionally.” Ukraine’s prime navy intelligence official, Kyrylo Budanov, mentioned Russia’s offensive was slowing due to ethical and bodily fatigue in its ranks and Moscow’s “exhausted” useful resource base.

  • Britain is importing no power from Russia for the first time on file. Figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) launched six months after the beginning of the conflict discovered that in June the UK’s imports from Russia have been down by 97% and stood at solely £33m as sanctions took impact.

Ukrainian servicemen fireplace a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft cannon at place close to a entrance line in Kharkiv area, Ukraine on 24 August. {Photograph}: Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Reuters

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