Gorbachev dead, IAEA arrives in Zaporizhzhia, and Europe suspends simplified visas for Russians

1 September, 03:16 PM

Newsletter by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor, New Voice of Ukraine Thursday, September 1st, 2022.

•   An IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant arrives in Zaporizhzhia.

The city of Zaporizhzhia itself is under Ukrainian control, and the mission will need to pass through both a “grey zone” separating Ukrainian and Russia controlled territories, and Russian checkpoints themselves in order to travel to the town of Enerhodar, where the nuclear plant is located. They are expected to arrive at the ZNPP today.

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•   The EU has agreed to suspend simplified visa procedures for Russian citizens seeking tourist visas.

A full ban, as lobbied for by Ukraine, was not possible, due to the opposition of certain EU member states, such as Hungary. This compromise, however, will significantly complicate and reduce the number of Russian nationals coming to the EU. According to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the measure was taken in response to a record surge in Russian citizens visiting the EU, and the attendant security risks that surge brought.

 

•   Ukraine’s Air Force shows off anti-radar missiles in use for the first time.

In a video posted by a Ukrainian pilot in tribute to a fallen comrade, a U.S.-supplied HARM anti-radar missile can be seen being launched from a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jet. Thanks to these missiles, Ukrainian fighter pilots can successfully deal with Russian air defense systems. Even though HARM missiles are not designed to be equipped on the Soviet-made MiG-29 fighters, Ukrainian specialists have modified them to fit.

 

•   Ukrainian intelligence services believe that there are up to 5,000 mercenaries from the Wagner group in the country.

They are mostly used as assault and frontline troops, Ukraine’s military intelligence division believes. Due to flagging mobilization efforts amongst citizens in Russia, the Kremlin is increasingly resorting to the use of mercenaries to plug in gaps. Meanwhile, Wagner has been bolstering its own numbers by recruiting directly from Russian prisoners – promising the incarcerated individuals a pardon as well as a hefty monthly salary if they agree to fight for the group in Ukraine.

 

•   The European Union has donated five million iodine tablets to Ukraine.

Potassium iodine tablets are used to protect from thyroid cancer, in situations where people may be exposed to significant amounts of radiation. “The EU is pre-emptively delivering five million potassium iodide tablets to Ukraine from the rescEU strategic reserves to offer people protection in case of exposure to high levels of radiation,” said the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič.

 

•   The United States confirms that Russia has received a fleet of military UAVs from Iran.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at a briefing that Russia had “received Iranian Mohajer-6 and Shahed drones sometimes in August,” though she did not specify whether the U.S. believes these drones to be slated for use in Ukraine. The Mohajer-6 can carry a multispectral surveillance payload and/or up to four precision-guided munitions, while the Shahed is believed by Western experts to be solely a surveillance platform – though Iranian media outlets have claimed that it can be equipped with missiles.

 

•   There’s no reason to expect Russia to give up Kherson voluntarily.

That’s the warning delivered by Editor-in-Chief of the Ukrainian news outlet Censor.NET, Yurii Butusov, in a comment to Radio NV. “To the contrary – Russian commanders are pooling additional resources there,” he noted. “Besides the bridges (across Dnipro River), which are vulnerable to our attacks, the enemy can erect pontoon crossings and other means. It’s impossible to completely cut off their supply lines by attacking bridges.”

 

•   The day’s long read: Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the USSR, is dead.

NV takes a deep dive into life of the man who shaped world history, and lays out the complicated legacy he left behind.

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