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Referendums “cannot be considered legal under international law”
Ukraine

Referendums “cannot be considered legal under international law”

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding said on Tuesday that Russia's referendums on the annexation of Ukrainian territories "cannot be called a genuine expression of popular will". At a Security Council meeting to address growing tensions resulting from Moscow's decision to partially mobilize army reserves to support the war effort and hold referendums for the annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories, Rosemary DiCarlo said these referendums "cannot be considered legal under international law". "At the time of our meeting, so-called 'referendums' have just been conducted by authorities in the Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporyjia, and Kherson regions. The Ukrainians were asked whether they approved of the joining of their regions to the Russian Federation. ...
Zaporizhia: We were one step away from a radioactive disaster
Russia, Global Concerns, Ukraine

Zaporizhia: We were one step away from a radioactive disaster

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the target of bombings of which Moscow and Kyiv mutually accuse each other, is "completely disconnected" from Ukraine's power grid after the damage to communication lines. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky recently noted that "Russia has put Ukrainians and all Europeans one step closer to radioactive disaster." Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is disconnected from the electricity grid The two reactors of the plant in operation were disconnected from the grid. As a result, the actions of the Russians caused a total shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from the electricity grid, for the first time in its history. Fires in the area of the Zaporizhia thermal power plant, located near the nuclear power plant of the same name in southern Ukrai...
Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster
Romania

Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster

Romania's Health Minister Alexandru Rafila today urged the population under 40 to stock up "as soon as possible" with iodine tablets, given the risk of a nuclear disaster in neighboring Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned Sunday of the risk of a “nuclear disaster” at the Ukrainian power station in Zaporijia, which has been occupied by Russia since March after the installations were attacked again on Friday, including Kyiv and Moscow accuses each other. This power station, the largest in Europe, is located in a region 700 km from the border with Romania. The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, urged those under 40 to “present themselves as soon as possible to the family doctor from whom they must ask for a prescription”, reports the Romanian news agency Agerp...
NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe
Space, Russia, Ukraine

NASA: Russia could be burning gas that was supposed to reach Europe

NASA has recorded fires at a Russian compressor station since the day that gas supplies to Europe began to be cut off. And the Ukrainian energy minister confirms burning. The amount of gas that reaches Europe from Russia has been decreasing since the war on Ukrainian territory began, and now there is a hypothesis that Moscow could be burning this surplus of gas. The images from the satellite that monitors the fires by NASA, advances the Finnish station Yle, show that every day, since June 17, there have been flames recorded at the Portovaya compression station - which is managed by the Russian company Gazprom and is also responsible for the transporting gas from one location to another. The 17th of June is, in fact, a milestone, since it was from this date that the delivery of gas to G...
Russia threatens to sever relations if it is classified by the US as a sponsor of terrorism
Russia

Russia threatens to sever relations if it is classified by the US as a sponsor of terrorism

Russia on Tuesday threatened the United States of America (USA) with a rupture of diplomatic relations if the country is declared a state sponsor of terrorism due to the Russian military campaign in Ukraine. "Any action provokes a reaction and the logical result of this irresponsible step could be the rupture of diplomatic relations," Russian diplomacy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a press conference. The representative stressed that "Washington risks definitively crossing the point of no return with all the corresponding consequences". Zakharova assured that the legal initiative of US congressmen "contravenes international law". "It is possible that senators and congressmen will see it as a terrible punishment capable of forcing Russia to live according to a world order invented b...
Ukrainian ports hit hours after grain deal
Ukraine

Ukrainian ports hit hours after grain deal

Several explosions hit the port city of Odessa on Saturday morning. Russian forces have already started bombing Ukrainian ports again, hours after they signed the agreement on exports. Several explosions hit the port city of Odessa on Saturday morning. The cause of the explosions is still unclear, according to the British channel BBC. Under the terms of Friday's agreement, brokered by the UN and Turkey, Russia agreed not to attack ports while grain shipments are in transit. This agreement was described by the UN Secretary-General as "a beacon on the Black Sea" after months of conflict. But according to what Oleksiy Honcharenko, a parliamentarian from Odessa, wrote on Telegram, there were six explosions in the city and the port caught fire after this morning's attack, which goes agai...
Kyiv will only sign agreement to unlock cereals with Turkey and the UN
Ukraine, Turkey

Kyiv will only sign agreement to unlock cereals with Turkey and the UN

Ukraine assured today that it will only sign an agreement to unblock grain exports with the UN and Turkey, indicating that Russia will have to sign a parallel and separate agreement with the same mediators. Kyiv's clarification was advanced by a Ukrainian presidential adviser, just moments from the signing of the agreement in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The same representative also stressed that Ukraine rejects having Russian escorts to its ships or Moscow representatives in the country's ports. "Ukraine will not sign any document with Russia. We have only signed an agreement and we have only made commitments with Turkey and the UN", said the adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak, in a message posted on the social network Twitter. "Russia will sign a separate mirror...
Washington urges Moscow to implement grain export agreement
United States

Washington urges Moscow to implement grain export agreement

The United States today welcomed the agreement between Russia and Ukraine, to be signed in Istanbul on Friday, to allow grain exports blocked at Ukrainian ports and urged Moscow to implement it. State Department spokesman Ned Price stressed that, for Washington, the important thing now is to "hold Russia accountable for the implementation of this agreement and allow Ukrainian grain to reach world markets." "We were never supposed to be in this situation to begin with. It was a deliberate decision by Russia to use food as a weapon," he stressed, quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Ned Price particularly applauded the diplomatic efforts of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Turkey, which has often been at loggerheads with the United States in recent years over the Syria issue a...
Russia and Ukraine sign grain export deal on Friday
Turkey, Russia, Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine sign grain export deal on Friday

UN Secretary-General will be in Turkey this Thursday. Russia and Ukraine will sign the agreement on the export of cereals on Friday, according to a Turkish government source, quoted by Agence France-Presse. The announcement comes a day after Turkey's president said he wanted a written deal later this week. "The signing ceremony of the grain shipment agreement, which will be attended by [Turkish] President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, will be signed tomorrow at 4:30 pm [2:30 pm in Lisbon] at the Dolmabahçe Palace, with the participation of Ukraine and Russia", notes the text. The agreement was expected this week "An agreement began to emerge last week during talks in Istanbul last week. Now, we want this agreement to be in writing," reads a statemen...
Zelensky calls for air defense to allow “different range of protection”
Ukraine

Zelensky calls for air defense to allow “different range of protection”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today urged allies to send more modern air defense systems to Ukraine to counter Russian attacks, pointing to the need for a "completely different scale of protection". The representatives of our state still have not stopped working a single day to obtain an effective air defense system", underlined the Ukrainian head of state in his nightly video speech, released on the social network Telegram. Volodymyr Zelensky pointed out that there are "certain agreements" with the allies, which allow "a certain success" to "destroy part of the missiles" Russians. "But a completely different speed and scale of protection is needed," he warned. Zelensky again praised the US Himars precision artillery systems, noting that the name became "almost native" to th...