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Russia, West Intensify Energy War as Nuclear Disaster Risks Ukraine

As UN inspectors tried to avert a nuclear disaster, UkraineThe front lines of the West and Russia have damaged each other’s economies. Moscow kept its main gas pipeline to Germany closed on Saturday, threatened by price caps on oil exports.

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom GAZP.MM blamed technical failures in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for Friday’s delay. But high-level operations in energy politics will be seen as an extension of war, and the effects will be felt long before. Ukraine.

The announcement came as Moscow and Kyiv exchanged accusations over their actions at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. There, UN inspectors arrived Thursday on a mission to avert catastrophe.

Vladimir Rogov, a pro-Russian official in the Zaporizhia region, said Ukrainian forces had shelled Europe’s largest nuclear power plant several times in one night, bringing down the main power lines to the plant and the backup power supply, as happened last week. said they were forced to use

Reuters was unable to immediately corroborate his account.

Gazprom’s indefinite delay in resuming gas supplies will exacerbate Europe’s problem of securing fuel for the winter, when the cost of living is already skyrocketing, led by energy prices.

Nord Stream 1, which flows under the Baltic Sea to supply Germany and others, was due to resume operations at 0100 GMT on Saturday after a three-day shutdown for maintenance, but the pipeline operator announced that it would resume operations hours later. Reported zero flow.

Moscow has condemned sanctions imposed by the West after Russia’s February 24 invasion of Russia. Ukraine, for interfering with the regular operation and maintenance of Nord Stream 1. Brussels and Washington accuse Russia of using gas as an economic weapon.

The US said it is working with Europe to ensure that it has enough supplies for the winter. Read full text

The G7 finance ministers of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States said on Friday that the Russian oil price cap would “…reduce Russia’s ability to finance war.” said it was intended. Curb aggression while limiting the impact of Russia’s war on global energy prices. ” Read full text

The Kremlin, which has called the conflict a “special military operation,” said it would stop selling oil to countries that implemented the cap.

 

nuclear terror

Thousands of people were killed and Ukrainian cities reduced to rubble in the first six months of the war. And now there is the danger of a nuclear disaster.

A UN inspection team led by Chief Rafael Grossi braved heavy artillery fire to reach the Zaporizhia factory on Thursday. Read full text

Grossi said the physical integrity of the plant was breached several times after returning to Ukrainian territory. On Friday, he said a report was due to be prepared early next week and that two experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection team would remain at the plant for the long term.

Site Reactor Reconnected UkraineOn Friday, the day after it was closed due to shelling near the site, UkraineState-owned nuclear company Energoatom said: Read full text

The site is located on the south bank of a huge reservoir of the Dnipro River, 10 kilometers (6 miles) across the water from the Ukrainian positions.

Both sides have accused the other of firing near the facility. The facility is still run by Ukrainian staff. Ukrainenormal electricity. Kyiv also accuses Russia of using it to protect its weapons, which Moscow denies. Russia has so far resisted international calls to withdraw troops from factories and demilitarize the region.

UkraineRussia’s state-owned nuclear company said Russia has barred an IAEA team from its nuclear power plant crisis center. Russian troops are stationed there, Kyiv said, making it difficult to give an impartial assessment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the IAEA team to go further despite the difficulties.

“Unfortunately, I have not heard from the IAEA asking Russia to demilitarize its bases,” Zelensky said in a video streamed on an Italian forum.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu Ukraine It continued to bombard the factory using weapons from its Western allies. He rejected Kyiv and Western allegations that Russia deployed heavy weapons at the factory.

Zaporizhia Regional Council Mayor Mykola Lukashuk said several towns near the factory came under shelling by Russian troops on Thursday.

Pro-Russian Rogov said Ukrainian forces had shelled the Russian-controlled town of Enerkhodar, near the power plant.and he repeated the accusations Ukraine They used speedboats on the river to mount commando-style raids on stations. Ukrainian authorities dismissed this as a hoax.

Reuters was unable to confirm either side’s reports.

 

counterattack

Elsewhere on the front lines, Ukraine launched an offensive this week to retake southern territory Ukrainemainly further down the Dnipro River in the neighboring province of Kherson.

Both sides claimed success on the battlefield in the first few days of what the Ukrainians claim as a potential turning point in the war. Details are unknown and Ukrainian authorities have released little information.

UkraineThe General Staff on Friday said Russian forces had shelled dozens of cities and towns, including Kharkov. UkraineThe second largest city in – located in the Donetsk region in the north and east.

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