IAEA leaves permanent presence at ZNPP, Ukraine pushes back around Kherson, and Sarah Cirillo on media in Kharkiv frontlines

5 September, 03:53 PM

Newsletter by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor, New Voice of Ukraine Monday, September 5th, 2022.

Weekend Catch-up Edition:

Five UN IAEA representatives will remain at the ZNPP on a permanent basis to monitor the nuclear security of the facility, IAEA head Rafael Grossi has confirmed. The current IAEA mission to ZNPP is a technical one, focusing on “three-four key elements,” including backup systems and control centers, Grossi said. The IAEA will provide a report of the visit to the UN, the IAEA head added.

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In an interview with a Moldovan broadcaster, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called recent Russian comments on the separatist state of Transnistria (which has been occupied by Russian “peacekeepers” since 1995), “manipulative by nature and are probably designed to destabilize Moldova.” She was responding to earlier comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that “Russian-speaking people in Moldova face discrimination.” A similar false claim was used as justification for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

These price caps will kick on Dec. 5, a joint statement by G7 finance ministers revealed. However, no exact figures on what the marginal prices would be were given at this point. “The initial price cap will be set at a level based on a range of technical inputs, and will be decided by the full coalition in advance of implementation in each jurisdiction,” the message said. Russian deputy PM Alexander Novak earlier said that Russia won’t export oil to countries that insist on any such price restrictions.

The demonstrators held Czech flags, as well as placards against the EU and NATO, Prime Minister Petr Fiala, rising energy prices, and calls for neutrality and dialogue with Russia. Anti-vaccination slogans were also heard during the protest. The event was organized by several political parties and organizations, including the Communist Party of the Czech Republic and the Eurosceptic Tricolor Citizens’ Movement – under the slogan “Czechia First” – an echo of United States former president Donald Trump’s slogan of “America First”.

A journalist for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Dan Sabbagh, tweeted that he estimated Russia has about 20,000 troops in the Kherson area, and that Ukraine had succeeded in pushing them back at several points next to the regional capital, though he warned that it was far too early to draw any real conclusions about the ongoing liberation. The deputy head of the Kherson regional council, Yuriy Sobolevskyi, said on Aug. 29 that the Ukrainian troops had achieved success in three districts in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson Oblast.

Siemens is responsible for the engineering maintenance of Nord Stream-1. “Such leaks do not normally affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed on site,” Siemens Energy said in its response to Russian statements. “It is a routine procedure within the scope of maintenance work,” the company added, noting that previous leaks of this type did not result in pipeline shutdowns. Russia has often both threatened and used fossil fuels supplied to Europe as a type of economic weapon, though sanctions and commitments by European states to draw down their reliance on Russian fossil fuels may render that weapon less effective in the future.

His public farewell, attended by thousands, save the Russian dictator, was held at the Pillar Hall of the House of Unions in the Russian capital. However, this ceremony did not receive state honors - strict rules of protocol, which are held following the deaths of people who had a special impact on the life of the country. Putin has repeatedly called the collapse of the Soviet Union, which occurred under Gorbachev’s leadership, "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century,” and his antipathy to the last Soviet leader may have been the cause of his refusal to attend the funeral, or provide state honors.

In a video posted by Kadyrov to the Telegram messenger service, he called himself “the longest-living among all the heads of Russian subjects, and added that he had already “started thinking about [leaving]” and would “try to leave on time.” This is not the first time the warlord has hinted about leaving, though he remains in place as the satrap of Chechnya.

After speaking to a variety of experts, NV has compiled a list of the most successful weapons and military equipment manufactured in Ukraine and utilized by the nation’s Armed Forces.

Sarah works in Kharkiv and covers events in that city, despite the danger. In her latest op-ed for NV, she writes about why she supports and understands recent media restrictions imposed there.

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