Russia’s war in Ukraine: latest developments

Here are the latest developments in the Russian war in Ukraine:

Nuclear power plant shelled and then ingested

A fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya is extinguished, as Ukraine accuses Russia of “nuclear terror” in shelling the plant.

Russian troops later take over the site of the reactors, which generate a fifth of Ukraine’s electricity, after firefighters were prevented from reaching the blaze for hours.

West denounces ‘recklessness’

Speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia’s “reckless” nighttime attack “poses a serious threat to all of Europe and the world.”

The UN ambassador to Moscow, Vassily Nebenzia, denies that Russian troops fired on the factory, saying the statements are “just not true”.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), offers to travel to Ukraine to negotiate with Ukraine and Russia on ensuring the safety of nuclear sites.

Putin ready for dialogue

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that Moscow is ready for a dialogue on Ukraine if all its demands are met.

New conversations?

Ukraine plans to hold a third round of talks with Russian officials this weekend to try to end the fighting, one of the Kiev negotiators said.

‘Not soon over’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns that the war in Ukraine “may not be over soon” and that US and European allies must continue to exert heavy pressure on Russia until it ends.

G7 threatens further sanctions

G7 foreign ministers warn that Russia will face further “severe sanctions” for its invasion, and call on Moscow to stop its attacks near nuclear power plants.

NATO rejects no-fly zone

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will not impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine after Kiev calls to help stop Russian bombing of its cities.

Russia is blocking Facebook in the country, part of an unprecedented government crackdown on independent media and activists since the invasion began.

Imprisonment for ‘fake news’

Putin signs a law imposing 15 years in prison for fake news about Russia’s armed forces, which many fear could severely curtail coverage.

BBC, Novaya Gazeta respond

The BBC says it is halting coverage in Russia because the new legislation “appears to criminalize independent journalism”.

And Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta says it removes content above the new law.

Russia isolated

Russia is more isolated than ever after a landmark vote in the UN Human Rights Council to investigate violations committed during the war against Ukraine, with only Eritrea siding with Moscow.

Russian Black Sea push

Russian troops take the port of Kherson on the Black Sea, as it appears that Moscow is trying to cut off Ukraine’s entire access to the sea, with the besieged port of Mariupol to the east without water or power.

47 dead in northern city

A Russian airstrike in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv has killed 47 people, according to regional authorities.

‘Numerous rapes’: Kiev

Ukraine’s foreign minister claims there have been “numerous cases” of Russian troops raping Ukrainian women and calls for an international war crimes tribunal.

More than 1.2 million flights

More than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since Russia invaded last week, the UN says.

Stocks fall, gas, oil rise

Global stock markets are falling, gas prices are hitting record highs and oil prices are rising as investors fear the risk of an escalation after Russia attacks the nuclear power plant.

hunger threat

The United Nations World Food Program warns of an impending food crisis in Ukraine in conflict zones, while disruptions in production and exports could lead to food insecurity worldwide.

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