The war between Russia and Ukraine reaches its 168th day after its beginning last February 24 when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a "special military operation" to liberate the pro-Russian population of the Ukrainian region of Donbas.
For this Wednesday, August 10, the war reaches its 168th day where the G7 condemns the Russian occupation of the Zaporiyia nuclear plant, and urges Russia to return its full control to Ukraine.
While the attacks continue because during the night shelling at least 13 civilians were reported dead in the city of Dnipropetrovsk, in central-eastern Ukraine, indicated Wednesday the authorities of this region not far from the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant.
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night attack also left 11 wounded, five of them in serious condition, in this relatively safe region, to where civilians are evacuated from the Donbas, further east and epicenter of the Russian offensive
The town of Marganets, on the banks of the Dnipro river, opposite the Ukrainian nuclear power plant of Zaporiyia, and the village of Vyshshetarassivka were targets of the Grad multiple rocket launcher attack, said the governor, Valentin Reznichenko.
Crimea was also the scene on Tuesday of explosions that left one dead and several wounded at an ammunition depot at a military airfield. According to the Russian military, it was not due to any shooting or shelling.
On the other hand, the contract for the sale of the first shipment of grain exported by Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion was cancelled before reaching its destination in Lebanon as a result of the delay in delivery, the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut indicated.
The "Razoni", a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, set sail on August 1 from the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa with 26,000 tons of corn, and was due to dock on Sunday at the port of Tripoli in Lebanon.
But the five-month delivery delay "prompted the buyer and the shipper to agree on the cancellation of the order," the Ukrainian embassy explained Tuesday nightRussia
and Ukraine signed on July 22 two separate agreements, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, to allow exports of Ukrainian grain blocked by the war that began on February 24 and of Russian agricultural products despite Western sanctions against Moscow
In total, eight ships sailed since the signing of the agreement, according to Ukrainian authorities. who expect that three to five more vessels could leave daily in the next two weeks.
On Monday, a first ship arrived at its final destination in Turkey.
Volodymir Zelenski: The war began in Crimea and must end with Crimea
liberatedUkrainian President Volodymir Zelenski said Tuesday that the Russian war against his country "began in Crimea and must end with Crimea" liberated, and warned that there will be no lasting peace in the Mediterranean as long as Russia can use that Ukrainian territory occupied in 2014 as its "military base."
"The presence of Russian occupiers in Crimea is a threat to the whole of Europe and to global stability. The Black Sea region cannot be safe as long as Crimea is occupied. There will be no stable and lasting peace in many countries on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea as long as Russia can use our peninsula as its military base. "
The Ukrainian ruler added that "this Russian war against Ukraine and against the whole of free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea, with its liberation. Today it is impossible to say when this will happen."
He denounced that Russia has turned that peninsula "into one of the most dangerous places in Europe. Russia brought large-scale repression, environmental problems, economic hopelessness and war to Crimea."
Volodymir Zelensky reported that his government launched "the Crimean Platform, a key diplomatic platform for work on the liberation of Crimea. The Crimean Platform will also work this year.
are already preparing for this summit "
Joe Biden ratifies U.S. support for Finland and Sweden's NATO membershipU
.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday ratified U.S. support for Finland and Sweden's entry into NATO and assured that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, has not managed to "divide" the alliance, but to strengthen it and make it "more united than ever."
"Vladimir Putin thought he could divide us, and instead he has achieved exactly what he didn't want," Biden said at an event at the White House, where he signed the documents with the U.S. endorsement of Finland and Sweden's membership, which the U.S. Senate supported last week.
Joe Biden ironized that the Russian president "wanted to federalize NATO, but has achieved the 'NATOization' of Finland and Sweden".
The U.S. leader considered that, by joining the alliance, Finland and Sweden make a "sacred" commitment and NATO, in turn, undertakes to defend them.
"To attack one is to attack all as Article 5 says," said Joe Biden, alluding to the clause of the alliance's treaty on collective defense, and assured that at this moment this commitment is "stronger than ever".
He recalled that the only time in history that this article was invoked was after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, and recalled that then the allies stood with Washington, something that this country "will never forget".
That is why, in the current context of the war in Ukraine, he stressed the commitment to reinforce NATO's eastern flank and strengthen defense against "any threat of aggression" towards member countries.
And with this objective of reinforcing security in Europe, he stressed the importance of having two new "highly capable" allies in the North.
As Joe Biden recalled, with this signature the United States becomes the 23rd NATO country to ratify the entry of Finland and Sweden. There are thirty members, and will become 32 with these two new countries.
Joe Biden spoke this morning with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö to inform them of Tuesday's signing and to congratulate them on taking "one more step" toward their countries' entry into the alliance.
As he did previously in his speech, Joe Biden also highlighted the consensus achieved in the U.S. Senate (where there were 95 votes in favor and one against) to give U.S. support to the entry of Sweden and Finland.
In his talks with Andersson and Niinistö, Biden assured that the United States will work with Sweden and Finland to remain "vigilant" against any threat to common security and to stand together "against any aggression or threat of aggression. "
G7 condemns Russian occupation of Zaporiyia nuclear plant, urges Russia to return its full control to UkraineThe
G7 on Wednesday condemned Russia's occupation of the Zaporiyia nuclear plant, and urged Russia to return its full control to Ukraine
"We demand that Russia immediately return full control of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine...deeply concerned about the serious threat posed by the Russian military to the security of Ukrainian nuclear facilities. "
Ukrainian personnel at the plant "must be able to perform their duties without threat or pressure. Continued Russian control of the plant endangers the region," the foreign ministers of the group's member countries said.
The Zaporiyia plant, Europe's largest nuclear power plant, has six of Ukraine's 15 reactors, capable of powering four million homes.
Russian forces holding it since March are preparing its connection to the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow since 2014, according to Ukrainian operator Energoatam.
"The Russian military present at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant put into operation Rosatom's (the Russian operator, ndlr) program to connect the plant to the Crimean power grid," Energoatom president Petro Kotin told Ukrainian television.