Ukraine newest: Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant loses energy line

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that started on Feb. 24 continues, with casualties mounting on either side.

Ukrainian forces are placing up resistance utilizing Western army help, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy repeatedly calls on the world to do extra to assist. Governments across the globe have imposed heavy sanctions towards Moscow however have stopped wanting direct intervention for worry of sparking a wider battle.

In the meantime, rising geopolitical danger and risky vitality and monetary markets are rocking Asia.

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Listed below are the most recent developments:

Sunday, Sept. 4 (Tokyo time)

2:30 a.m. Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant misplaced connection to the final remaining predominant exterior energy line however remains to be capable of provide electrical energy to the grid via a reserve line, the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company says. The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s specialists now stationed on the plant have been informed by Ukrainian workers that the location’s fourth operational 750 Kilovolt energy line was down after three others have been misplaced earlier, it says in a assertion.

However IAEA specialists additionally realized {that a} reserve line linking the power to a close-by thermal energy plant was delivering electrical energy to the exterior grid. This reserve line may also present backup energy to the ZNPP if wanted, the IAEA says.

Saturday, Sept. 3

6:30 a.m. The Swiss monetary markets watchdog stated Friday that Sberbank, considered one of Russia’s largest banks, is promoting its Swiss subsidiary, which had come beneath stress due to worldwide sanctions on Russian pursuits over the invasion of Ukraine. Sberbank (Switzerland) AG, which focuses on commerce finance in commodities, was already dealing with liquidity issues after a primary spherical of Western sanctions hit Russian pursuits earlier this yr. Then, final month, Switzerland’s government department froze the financial institution’s belongings and banned it from offering any funds, assets or technical companies following a brand new spherical of sanctions.

A Nord Stream 1 fuel pipeline facility in Lubmin, Germany.

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6:00 a.m. Western officers condemn Russia for indefinitely suspending the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that carries fuel to Europe, with the EU Fee calling the transfer “proof of Russia’s cynicism.”

“Gazprom’s announcement this afternoon that it’s as soon as once more shutting down NorthStream 1 beneath fallacious pretenses is one other affirmation of its unreliability as a provider. It is also proof of Russia’s cynicism, because it prefers to flare fuel as an alternative of honoring contracts,” fee spokesperson Eric Mamer says on Twitter.

The White Home accused Moscow of utilizing vitality as a “weapon.”

“It’s sadly not shocking that Russia continues to make use of vitality as a weapon towards European customers,” a Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson tells Reuters.

2:50 a.m. Russia scraps the Saturday date for reopening the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, with state-run fuel firm Gazprom saying operations have been suspended attributable to mechanical defects.

Nord Stream 1, which runs beneath the Baltic Sea to provide Germany and others, had been attributable to resume working later within the day after a three-day halt for upkeep.

“Fuel transmission through the Nord Stream fuel pipeline has been absolutely shut down till the operational defects within the tools are eradicated,” Gazprom says in a press release. It didn’t give a timeline for when it is going to be reopened.

Greater than half of EDF’s nuclear reactors at the moment are offline for upkeep.

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2:00 a.m. French utility EDF plans to convey all of its nuclear reactors on-line as a part of what a cupboard member calls a “basic mobilization” towards the specter of winter energy shortages.

“EDF is dedicated to restart all of the reactors for this winter,” Vitality Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher tells a information convention.

Greater than half EDF’s reactors are shut down for upkeep.

From Europe to Japan, nuclear energy has moved again up the agenda for policymakers as costs of oil and pure fuel surge. Europe particularly is hurrying to ease its dependence on Russian fuel. France is much less reliant on Russia on this respect than Germany, Europe’s largest economic system.

Friday, Sept. 2

11:30 p.m. Finance ministers from the Group of Seven have agreed to impose a value cap on Russian oil aimed toward slashing Moscow’s capacity to fund its conflict in Ukraine. Russia has threatened to halt shipments to international locations that comply with the worth cap. Learn extra.

6:40 p.m. Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu says Ukraine’s shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant is elevating the chance of a nuclear disaster in Europe. Shoigu accused Ukraine of “nuclear terrorism” and rejected assertions by Kyiv and the West that Russia had deployed heavy weapons at Europe’s greatest nuclear energy plant, situated in southern Ukraine and beneath Russian management since March.

3:40 p.m. Equinor has accomplished its exit from Russia, the Norwegian vitality group stated on Friday, delivering on a promise made shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. This marks the primary full, orderly exit from Russia by a global oil and fuel firm as stress to depart mounts on others, equivalent to TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil. Equinor stated on Feb. 28 that it might start the method of divesting from joint ventures in Russia, describing its place as “untenable” after the conflict began the earlier week.

The liquefied pure fuel plant operated by Sakhalin Vitality at Prigorodnoye on Russia’s Pacific island of Sakhalin.

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9:40 a.m. Russia goals to accentuate cooperation within the vitality sector with Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying in a authorities assertion. On the assembly with a consultant of Mitsui, Motoyasu Nozaki, to debate the event of a number of joint fuel tasks in Russia’s Far East, Novak stated Moscow particularly seems to be ahead to cooperation when it comes to funding and know-how.

3:00 a.m. The Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company’s crew is “not going anyplace” for some time because it inspects the embattled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi tells reporters. The company will set up a “continued presence” on the plant, he says in a video.

2:30 a.m. Shell is not going to put money into the brand new firm Russia has established to function the Sakhalin-2 liquefied pure fuel undertaking within the Russian Far East, a spokesperson for the oil supermajor says.

With a stake of almost 27.5%, Shell was the outdated working firm’s second-largest shareholder, after state fuel firm Gazprom. Shell has communicated its intention to the Russian facet, the spokesperson says

The brand new working firm was established by a presidential order. What occurs to Shell’s funding is unclear. The spokesperson declines to touch upon the outlook. Days after the conflict began, Shell had introduced its intention to “exit its joint ventures with Gazprom and associated entities,” together with Sakhalin-2.

Japanese buying and selling homes Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi Corp., which had additionally been companions within the outdated firm, have been accepted by the Russian authorities to put money into the brand new firm.

1:20 a.m. Russia is not going to ship oil and petroleum merchandise to international locations that impose a value ceiling on Russian oil, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak says, warning towards a proposal that the U.S. and its allies are set to debate.

Finance ministers from the Group of Seven are anticipated to think about committing to the worth cap plan throughout a digital assembly on Friday, in a transfer to additional prohibit Russian vitality earnings.

“As for the worth cap: in the event that they impose it, we merely is not going to provide our oil and oil merchandise to such firms or international locations that may impose restrictions, as a result of we is not going to function on nonmarket situations,” Novak is quoted by Interfax as telling reporters.

U.N. autos with members of an IAEA mission depart for a go to to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant amid Russia’s continued shelling of the world on Aug. 31. 

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12:41 a.m. Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company chief Rafael Grossi has left the Russian-occupied, Ukrainian-staffed Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, solely hours after he arrived.

Most of his delegation left with him, however 5 members of the IAEA mission are anticipated to remain till Saturday native time, plant operator Energoatom says on Telegram.

Items 5 and 6 have been working at 60% and 80% of capability and supplying energy to Ukraine in latest days, Russian information company Interfax stories.

Thursday, Sept. 1

5:30 p.m. Russia’s Protection Ministry says the scenario across the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine is “tough however stays beneath full management.” It was responding to stories of preventing within the close by city of Enerhodar. In a press release on Telegram, the ministry stated it was nonetheless prepared to ensure the security of a delegation from the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company on the plant, regardless of what it referred to as efforts by “the Kyiv regime” to disrupt the go to.

4:00 p.m. One among two operational reactors at Ukraine’s Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been shut down attributable to Russian shelling, operator Energoatom says. “Because of one other mortar shelling by Russian … forces on the web site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, the emergency safety was activated and the operational fifth energy unit was shut down,” Energoatom wrote on the Telegram messaging app. Energoatom added that “energy unit No. 6 continues to work within the vitality system of Ukraine” and is supplying electrical energy for the facility plant’s personal wants.

3:31 p.m. Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi stated that he would think about establishing a continued presence at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant earlier than heading to the plant on Thursday. “There was elevated army exercise together with this morning, till very not too long ago, a couple of minutes in the past … however weighing the professionals and cons and having come to this point, we aren’t stopping,” he informed journalists earlier than leaving for the nuclear energy plant.

2:50 p.m. Russian troops have been shelling the deliberate route meant to take an IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Oleksandr Starukh, the top of the Zaporizhzhia area says. “The Russians are shelling the pre-agreed route of the IAEA mission from [the city of] Zaporizhzhia to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant. The U.N. advance crew can not proceed to maneuver attributable to safety causes,” Starukh wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

A automobile with the “Z” image of the Russian invasion drive sits close to Nataliia Kyrychenko, a farm proprietor and member of the Vilkhivka village council who was detained by Russian troopers occupying the village on the outskirts of Kharkiv, on June 1.

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11:30 a.m. Russia is struggling “extreme manpower shortages” in its 6-month-old conflict with Ukraine and has turn into extra determined in its efforts to search out new troops to ship to the entrance traces, in line with a brand new American intelligence discovering disclosed Wednesday. Russia is seeking to handle the scarcity of troops partly by compelling troopers wounded earlier within the conflict to return to fight, recruiting personnel from non-public safety firms and even recruiting from prisons, the Related Press reported. The U.S. authorities highlighted the discovering after Russian President Vladimir Putin final week ordered the army to extend the variety of troops by 137,000 to a complete of 1.15 million.

9:30 a.m. Oil costs fell in early Asian commerce on Thursday amid elevated provide and worries that the worldwide economic system may sluggish additional attributable to renewed Chinese language restrictions over COVID-19. Brent crude futures fell 37 cents, or 0.4%, to $95.27 a barrel by 00:06 Greenwich Imply Time. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 32 cents, or 0.4%, to $89.23 a barrel. Current market volatility has adopted issues about insufficient provide within the months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and as OPEC struggled to extend output.

2:55 a.m. Russia’s International Ministry proclaims sanctions towards 55 Canadian residents, in a transfer it says is retaliation for sanctions towards Russian residents imposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. These focused by the Russian sanctions, which embody a journey ban, are principally army officers, politicians and activists.

1:05 a.m. Sweden’s newest army help package deal to Ukraine contains artillery ammunition, Ukraine’s protection minister says.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Russia has reduce off the circulate of pure fuel via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe for 3 days, citting the necessity for important upkeep.

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11:30 p.m. Russia cuts off the circulate of pure fuel via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe for 3 days, citing the necessity for important upkeep.

The most recent shutdown, which had been introduced, comes as Europe works on emergency measures to scale back vitality utilization.

In the meantime, European Union international locations conform to tighten situations on entry visas for Russians however cease wanting a full vacationer ban, for which there was no consensus.

8:45 p.m. Nice Wall Motor, the biggest Chinese language SUV maker, has reported 59% year-on-year progress in internet revenue for the primary six months of this yr, owing to its operations in Russia, the place Western rivals are winding down their presence because the Ukraine invasion.

Income from Russia, the corporate’s greatest market outdoors China, surged by 14.2% to 2.29 billion yuan ($331 million). The corporate didn’t disclose gross sales quantity however, in line with the most recent Russian new automotive gross sales knowledge from the Affiliation of European Companies, Nice Wall bought a complete of 14,040 automobiles in the course of the seven months till July, down 27% from a yr in the past. Learn extra.

6:00 a.m. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s final chief who led the nation via the top of the Chilly Conflict, has died. Learn extra.

Indian troopers march in the course of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26.

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4:30 a.m. Requested about India’s participation within the Russian-led Vostok 2022 multinational army workout routines, White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stops wanting calling out New Delhi.

The U.S. “has issues about any nation exercising with Russia, whereas Russia wages an unprovoked, brutal conflict towards Ukraine,” she says aboard Air Pressure One. “However in fact, each taking part nation will make its personal selections and I am going to go away it at that.”

Chinese language forces can even participate within the workout routines, which will likely be held within the Russian Far East and Sea of Japan.

India has shunned condemning Russia’s conflict, at the same time as New Delhi concurrently tightens protection hyperlinks with the U.S. and its allies.

The MV Courageous Commander carrying wheat grain from Ukraine to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa is seen because it docks at port of Djibouti on Aug. 30. (Claire Nevill/World Meals Program through Reuters)

1:15 a.m. Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company chief Rafael Grossi has arrived in Kyiv and met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Grossi is main an IAEA crew to the embattled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, shakes fingers with Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company Director Normal Rafael Grossi in Kyiv on Aug. 30. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service through Reuters)

12:40 a.m. A ship carrying 23,000 tonnes of wheat from Ukraine arrives in Djibouti as a part of a United Nations-led meals help program for drought-stricken Ethiopia and neighboring international locations.

The U.N.-chartered Courageous Commander brings the primary cargo of its variety since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started. One other cargo of seven,000 tonnes is ready to comply with.

Starvation threatens greater than 20 million individuals within the Horn of Africa, in line with the World Meals Program.

“Getting the Black Sea ports open is the one most vital factor we are able to do proper now to assist the world’s hungry,” WFP Government Director David Beasley stated this month. “It’ll take greater than grain ships out of Ukraine to cease world starvation, however with Ukrainian grain again on world markets we’ve an opportunity to cease this world meals disaster from spiraling even additional.”

Tuesday, Aug. 30

10:30 p.m. Russian state-owned fuel group Gazprom has signaled deeper cuts in fuel deliveries to French utility Engie after a disagreement over contracts, Engie says.

Although France is much less depending on Russian fuel than neighbors equivalent to Germany, the most recent improvement provides to the vitality uncertainty hanging over Europe.

In one other signal of the affect of upper vitality costs on the continent, German inflation quickened to a 40-year excessive of almost 9% in August.

An M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) being fired in an undisclosed location in Ukraine.

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7:00 a.m. Ukraine says it has damaged via enemy traces in a number of locations close to the southern metropolis of Kherson because it pressed a brand new marketing campaign to retake territory whereas Moscow says Kyiv’s counteroffensive has failed as Russia shelled the port metropolis of Mykolaiv. Kyiv’s transfer got here after a number of weeks of relative stalemate within the conflict. “I ought to be aware right this moment the [Russian] defenses have been damaged via in just a few hours,” stated Oleksiy Arestovych, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Ukrainian forces have been shelling the ferries that Moscow is utilizing to provide a pocket of Russian-occupied territory on the west financial institution of the Dnieper River within the Kherson area, he added.

4:00 a.m. As Ukraine launches a counteroffensive within the south, Washington credit U.S. arms transfers with serving to Kyiv in “taking the combat to the Russians inside their nation.”

John Kirby, the U.S. Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson, tells reporters: “In reality, with a few of the help that they’ve gotten from U.S. weapons in addition to others, equivalent to HIMARS, they have been … truly capable of strike behind Russian traces and put the Russians extra on the protection.”

“Whatever the dimension, scale and … scope of this counteroffensive that they’ve talked about right this moment, they’ve already had an affect on Russia’s army capabilities,” Kirby provides, explaining the Russians have needed to pull assets from the east in response to the specter of Ukrainian exercise within the south.

Ukrainian servicemen experience atop tanks close to a entrance line in Mykolaiv area.

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1:55 a.m. After putting a we-mean-business pose for a gaggle picture, an Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company knowledgeable mission is on its method to the Russian-occupied, Ukrainian-staffed Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant.

The crew is slated to achieve Zaporizhzhia “later this week” to “assess the bodily harm to the amenities, decide the performance of the primary and backup security and safety methods, and consider the working situations of the management room workers,” the company says. “On the identical time, the mission will undertake pressing safeguards actions to confirm that nuclear materials is used just for peaceable functions.”

U.S. Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby expresses the White Home’s full help for the mission, which is being led by IAEA Director Normal Rafael Mariano Grossi.

Monday, Aug. 29

10:30 p.m. Ukrainian army spokesperson Natalia Humeniuk says the nation has began a long-anticipated counteroffensive in a information briefing within the south that features the Kherson area.

Humeniuk says that latest strikes on Russia’s southern logistical routes had “unquestionably weakened the enemy.” Greater than 10 Russian ammunition dumps had been hit during the last weeks. She declines, nonetheless, to offer particulars of the operation. Russia’s forces within the south are “quite highly effective” and have been constructed up over a very long time, she says.

6:15 p.m. Russia is because of host carefully watched multinational army workout routines, beginning this week, as its conflict rages in Ukraine and geopolitical tensions simmer in Asia.

China has confirmed it is going to participate within the Vostok 2022 drills, which have been scheduled to start Tuesday and run till Sept. 5. All eyes are on the possible participation of troops from India, which has been quiet about its attendance however was named in a press release by Beijing. Russia’s state-run information company Tass additionally stated India would participate. Learn extra

2:15 p.m. An Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company mission will go to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in Ukraine this week, company chief Rafael Mariano Grossi says. “We should defend the security and safety of #Ukraine’s and Europe’s greatest nuclear facility,” he writes on Twitter, including that he’ll lead the mission. Captured by Russian troops in March however run by a Ukrainian workers, Zaporizhzhia has been a significant sizzling spot within the six-month battle, with either side buying and selling blame for latest shelling close to the plant.

6:00 a.m. Russian artillery fired at Ukrainian cities throughout the river from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in a single day, native officers stated on Sunday, including to residents’ anguish as stories of shelling across the plant fueled fears of a radiation catastrophe. Russia’s protection ministry stated there was extra Ukrainian shelling of the plant over the previous 24 hours, only a day after Moscow and Kyiv traded accusations of concentrating on Europe’s greatest nuclear plant, which has prompted grave worldwide concern.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant outdoors the Russian-controlled metropolis of Enerhodar within the Zaporizhzhia area of Ukraine on Aug. 22.

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5:28 a.m. European Union international ministers assembly later this week are unlikely to again a visa ban on all Russians, EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell says.

“I do not suppose that to chop the connection with the Russian civilian inhabitants will assist and I do not suppose that this concept may have the required unanimity,” Borrell says on Austrian tv, in line with Reuters.

“We have now to be extra selective,” he says. “However I’m not in favor of stopping delivering visas to all Russians.”

1:38 a.m. Russia unilaterally blocked a ultimate draft on the latest Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty assessment convention as a result of the doc “acknowledged the grave radiological danger” on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, the U.S. State Division says.

“For the Russian Federation to not settle for such language within the face of overwhelming worldwide consensus underscores the necessity for the USA and others to proceed urging Russia to finish its army exercise close to ZNPP and return management of the plant to Ukraine,” spokesperson Vedant Patel says within the assertion.

Sunday, Aug. 28

4:55 a.m. Dell Applied sciences ceases all Russian operations after closing its places of work in mid-August, Reuters stories, the most recent in a rising listing of Western firms to exit Russia. The U.S. laptop firm, a significant provider of servers in Russia, suspended gross sales in Ukraine and Russia in February, saying it might monitor the scenario to find out subsequent steps.

3:30 a.m. Thousands and thousands of tonnes of Ukrainian grain have to be cleared to make room for the following harvest, the United Nations says in a assertion. “The Black Sea Grain Initiative has began creating some house however way more grain must shift to create space for the brand new harvest,” says Amir Abdulla, U.N. coordinator for the initiative.

Over 1 million tonnes of grain and different meals have been exported beneath a deal brokered by Turkey and the U.N.

“These million tonnes are only a starting: The world can not afford to have meals and fertilizer held up by something,” Abdulla says. “Each cargo cleared via this route helps to calm markets, increase meals provides and hold farmers producing.”

Saturday, Aug. 27

11:55 p.m. Russian ally and neighbor Kazakhstan suspends all arms exports for a yr. The previous Soviet republic, which additionally has energetic financial ties with Kyiv, has averted taking sides within the Ukrainian disaster whereas calling for its peaceable decision. Reuters stories the Kazakh authorities didn’t give a cause for the choice to halt arms exports.

Dutch Marines in March participate in “Chilly Response 2022, a NATO army train held within the Arctic Circle in Norway.

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4:40 a.m. Russia’s capabilities within the North are a strategic problem for NATO, alliance Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg says, welcoming not too long ago introduced Canadian investments in North American protection methods after making his first go to to the Canadian Arctic.

“The significance of the Excessive North is growing for NATO and for Canada as a result of we see a major Russian army buildup,” he says, standing alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Chilly Lake, Alberta.

“Russia has arrange a brand new Arctic command,” Stoltenberg says, including that it has opened lots of of recent and former Soviet-era army websites within the area, together with airfields and deep-water ports.

“Russia can be utilizing the area as a check mattress for a lot of of its new and novel weapon methods,” he says.

“The shortest path to North America for Russian missiles and bombers … can be over the North Pole,” he says. “This makes NORAD’s position very important for North America and subsequently additionally for NATO.”

The NATO chief says that “China can be increasing its attain,” declaring itself a “near-Arctic state,” planning to construct the world’s largest icebreaker, and “investing tens of billions of {dollars} in vitality, infrastructure and analysis tasks within the Excessive North.”

4:00 a.m. Ukrainian state nuclear firm Energoatom now says two models of the Zaporizhzhia plant have been reconnected to the facility grid.

A Russian serviceman guards an space of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Station, which has been disconnected from Ukraine’s grid.

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1:00 a.m. France’s TotalEnergies says it has signed an settlement to promote its 49% stake in Terneftegaz, which operates the Termokarstovoye pure fuel and condensates discipline in Russia, to Russian fuel producer Novatek.

Friday, Aug. 26

11:45 p.m. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, one of many largest petroleum refiners in China, says it has bought Russian crude oil in a uncommon admission for a state-owned enterprise.

Guan Zemin, president of New York-listed Shanghai Petrochem, tells a web-based earnings name that the corporate has purchased 99,000 tons of Russia’s flagship Urals crude in the course of the first half of the yr.

China has not adopted Western nations in shunning enterprise with Russia since President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine six months in the past. Together with India, it has been identified to be a significant purchaser of Russian oil, now promoting at a reduction to worldwide benchmarks like Brent and West Texas Intermediate. Learn extra.

3:30 p.m. All six reactors of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine stay disconnected from Ukraine’s electrical energy grid, state nuclear firm Energoatom says. Electrical energy for the plant’s personal wants was at the moment being equipped via an influence line from Ukraine’s electrical energy system, the utility stated.

10:00 a.m. A concrete obelisk topped by Soviet stars that was the centerpiece of a monument commemorating the Crimson Military’s victory over Nazi Germany was taken down Thursday in Latvia’s capital — the most recent in a sequence of Soviet monuments eliminated after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Heavy equipment was noticed behind a inexperienced fence on the foot of the almost 80-meter-high obelisk shortly earlier than it was felled. The column, which had stood like a high-rise constructing in downtown Riga, crashed into a close-by pond, inflicting an enormous splash at Victory Park.

5:28 a.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant got here near an accident after it was quickly disconnected from the Ukrainian energy grid for the primary time in its historical past.

If diesel turbines had not offered emergency energy to the plant, and if automation and staffers had not reacted after the blackout, “we might already be compelled to beat the results of the radiation accident,” he says in a video handle. “Russia has put Ukraine and all Europeans in a scenario one step away from a radiation catastrophe.”

The Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company says not one of the plant’s six reactors are at the moment supplying vitality to the Ukrainian grid on account of the disruption. IAEA Director Normal Rafael Mariano Grossi requires an pressing mission to “assist stabilize the nuclear security and safety scenario there.”

12:48 a.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he had “an awesome dialog” with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday and thanked him for his help within the conflict towards Russia.

“We mentioned Ukraine’s additional steps on our path to the victory over the aggressor and [the] significance of holding Russia accountable for conflict crimes,” Zelenskyy tweeted in English.

Thursday, Aug. 25

9:18 p.m. Citigroup will shut its shopper and industrial banking companies in Russia beginning this quarter and expects to incur about $170 million in costs over the following 18 months consequently, the Wall Road big says.

The U.S. financial institution with the biggest presence in Russia introduced plans in April 2021 to depart the retail enterprise as a part of a broader departure from some abroad markets. It expanded the scope of that exit in March to incorporate native industrial banking after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however has been unable to discover a purchaser for both enterprise. Citigroup has stated its Russia publicity was $8.4 billion, as of June 30.

Michelle Bachelet, U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt armed assaults on Ukraine.

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4:50 p.m. U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet calls on Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt armed assaults on Ukraine and says the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant have to be demilitarized. “The worldwide group should insist on documentation” to have the ability to someday show conflict crimes, Bachelet says in a speech on Thursday marking the top of her time period because the United Nations’ excessive commissioner for human rights.

The tanker Solar Arrows masses its cargo of liquefied pure fuel from the Sakhalin-2 undertaking within the port of Prigorodnoye, Russia.

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10:31 a.m. Mitsubishi Corp. is ready to problem a discover that it’s going to take part within the new working firm for Sakhalin-2, a useful resource improvement undertaking within the Russian Far East, Nikkei has realized. In August, Russia transferred operation of the undertaking to a brand new firm, forcing Japanese members Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi to determine whether or not they would proceed their funding. Mitsui has additionally determined it is going to announce its continued participation in Sakhalin-2.

7:00 a.m. U.S. President Joe Biden proclaims that he’s sending $2.98 billion in new army help to Ukraine that may present longer-term weapons and coaching to allow forces there to combat for years to come back. In a press release, Biden stated the help will permit Ukraine to accumulate air protection methods, artillery methods and munitions, drones and different tools “to make sure it might proceed to defend itself over the long run.”

5:45 a.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the dying toll from a Russian assault on a railway station has risen to 22.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers a video handle to the United Nations Safety Council on Aug. 24. 

3:00 a.m. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has blamed Russia for a rocket assault on a railway station that he says has killed not less than 15 individuals. The dying toll from the assault, which Zelenskyy says occurred whereas he was getting ready for a video handle to the United Nations Safety Council on Wednesday, may rise, he tells the council.

Fifty have been wounded within the destruction on the station within the city of Chaplyne, about 145 kilometers west of Donetsk, in line with the president. There was no rapid remark from the Russian facet.

Wanting again on six months because the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy accuses Moscow of “intentionally making an attempt to convey tens of tens of millions of individuals into vitality poverty” and “deprive them of regular entry to fundamental items by intentionally elevating vitality costs.”

Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia later addresses the council, accusing Ukraine of crimes towards civilians and saying that the one risk to Ukraine’s independence is the nation’s personal authorities.

12:30 a.m. Outgoing U.Okay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made one other go to to Kyiv.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

9:40 p.m. U.S. President Joe Biden marks Ukraine’s Independence Day with $3 billion in safety help, Washington’s largest help package deal since Russia’s invasion six months in the past.

The cash will let Ukraine “purchase air protection methods, artillery methods and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial methods, and radars to make sure it might proceed to defend itself over the long run,” he stated. The U.S. has dedicated $10.6 billion in safety help to Ukraine since Biden took workplace in January 2021.

6:11 p.m. Pope Francis requires “concrete steps” to finish the conflict in Ukraine and avert the chance of a nuclear catastrophe on the Zaporizhzhia energy plant. Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused one another of firing on the facility, the biggest of its variety in Europe and which pro-Moscow forces took over quickly after the Feb. 24 invasion. The United Nations has referred to as for the world to be demilitarized.

“I hope that concrete steps will likely be taken to convey an finish to the conflict and to avert the chance of a nuclear catastrophe at Zaporizhzhia,” the pope stated at his weekly basic viewers. Talking on the day Ukraine marks its independence from Soviet rule in 1991 and 6 months after Russian forces invaded, he condemned wars as “insanity” and referred to the dying of Darya Dugina, daughter of a outstanding Russian ultranationalist, in a automotive bombing close to Moscow on Saturday.

4:42 p.m. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed Ukrainians in an emotional speech marking 31 years of independence on Aug. 24 that their nation had been “reborn” when Russia invaded and that it might by no means surrender its combat for freedom from Moscow’s domination. In a recorded speech aired on the six-month anniversary of Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, Zelenskyy stated Ukraine not noticed the conflict ending when the preventing stopped however when Kyiv lastly emerged victorious.

“A brand new nation appeared on this planet on Feb. 24 at 4 o’clock within the morning. It was not born, however reborn. A nation that didn’t cry, scream or take fright. One which didn’t flee. Didn’t surrender. And didn’t neglect,” he stated.

3:05 a.m. Ukraine informs the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company that renewed shelling in latest days broken infrastructure of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant together with lab and chemical amenities, IAEA Director Normal Rafael Mariano Grossi says.

Grossi says in a information launch these incidents present why the IAEA should be capable to ship a mission to the plant “very quickly” to “scale back the chance of a extreme nuclear accident” in Europe.

“I am persevering with to seek the advice of very actively and intensively with all events,” he says. “The mission is predicted to happen throughout the subsequent few days if ongoing negotiations succeed.”

Tuesday, Aug. 23

11:50 p.m. Nasdaq-listed Yandex, Russia’s largest tech firm, has bought its information aggregator, running a blog platform and homepage to state-controlled social media group VK.

“The board and administration of Yandex have concluded that the pursuits of the corporate’s stakeholders, together with its Class A shareholders, are finest served by pursuing the strategic exit from its media companies (aside from leisure streaming),” Yandex says in a press release.

As soon as often called “Russia’s Google,” Yandex says will turn into its predominant web page and portal for search, e mail and different non-media companies. A brand new utility for Android referred to as Yandex with Alice can even be launched, the corporate says.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, left, pictured in Could with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has arrived in Kyiv to debate offering extra help. The pair have met 5 instances this yr. 

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5:30 p.m. Polish President Andrzej Duda has arrived in Kyiv to debate additional help for Ukraine, together with army help, his workplace stated, as Russia’s invasion of the nation approaches the six-month milestone. Warsaw is considered one of Kyiv’s strongest supporters, and almost 6 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed the border into Poland since Russia invaded their nation on Feb. 24. Poland, a NATO and European Union member, has typically criticized another EU nations for not doing extra to assist Ukraine. Duda has met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy 5 instances this yr, together with on three visits he has made to Ukraine because the begin of the invasion.

12:30 a.m. The Japanese authorities says it is going to keep sanctions on Russia whereas working in tandem with different Group of Seven nations because the conflict in Ukraine is ready to enter its seventh month. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who just about attended a gathering of ministers and senior ministry officers, directed attendees to craft measures to deal with rising vitality costs. International Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi informed reporters afterward that Kishida, who has COVID, additionally requested him to proceed Japan’s “diplomatic responses,” together with imposing sanctions, whereas additionally guaranteeing the security of Japanese nationals in Russia and Ukraine. Japan and different G-7 nations have frozen the belongings of President Vladimir Putin, excluded some large Russian lenders from a key worldwide cost community and imposed different sanctions because the conflict started.

Freight practice wagons within the Black Sea port of Odessa: “We have now data that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch strikes towards Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure,” a U.S. official says.

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10:30 a.m. The USA has intelligence that Russia is planning to quickly launch recent assaults towards Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and authorities amenities, a U.S. official says. “We have now data that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch strikes towards Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and authorities amenities within the coming days,” the official stated. “Given Russia’s observe report in Ukraine, we’re involved concerning the continued risk that Russian strikes pose to civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

Clean Russian passports are seen at a Moscow printing manufacturing facility.

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4:49 a.m. The U.S. rejects Ukraine’s demand for a blanket visa ban on Russians, saying Washington doesn’t wish to shut off paths to refuge for Russia’s dissidents and others weak to human rights abuses.

The State Division, whose feedback comply with prime European Union diplomat Josep Borrell opposing an identical ban by the EU, says the Biden administration has imposed visa restrictions for Kremlin officers.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy first urged the visa ban in a Washington Put up interview this month, saying Russians ought to “dwell in their very own world till they modify their philosophy.” He issued one other name just a few weeks in the past for EU states to ban visas for Russian nationals.

1:15 a.m. Russia’s safety service has accused a Ukrainian lady of being the prime suspect within the automotive bombing that killed the daughter of a outstanding Russian nationalist thinker on Saturday.

The Federal Safety Service says the lady arrived in Russia along with her younger daughter final month, altering license plates a number of instances to keep away from detection. After the bombing, she drove to Estonia, in line with the FSB.

Ukraine has denied involvement within the blast that killed Darya Dugina, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to as a patriot after her dying.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak says Russian propaganda “lives in a fictional world.”

The Russian Navy touchdown ship Yamal, left, passes the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Kouros on its method to the Black Sea in Istanbul in June 2016.

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12:13 a.m. Kyiv bans public celebrations this week that commemorate Ukraine’s independence from Soviet rule, citing a heightened risk of Russian rocket assaults on the capital metropolis. Kyiv has hardly ever been hit by Russian missiles since Ukrainian defenders repelled Moscow’s floor offensive to grab the capital in March.

Because the conflict nears the six-month mark, the United Nations says 5,587 civilians have been killed in Ukraine as of Sunday. A Ukrainian basic says almost 9,000 troopers have died in motion.

12:02 a.m. High European Union diplomat Josep Borrell opposes a blanket ban on EU visas for Russians, the Monetary Occasions stories, as bloc officers put together to debate the proposal subsequent week in Prague.

“To forbid the doorway to all Russians is just not a good suggestion,” Borrell says Monday. “We have now to be extra selective.”

Finland, Estonia and the Czech Republic are among the many international locations urging the ban on new vacationer visas as punishment for Moscow’s conflict towards Ukraine. Some EU states unilaterally suspended visas for Russians, however say Russians enter their territory utilizing visas issued by different EU international locations, beneath the Schengen guidelines.

Monday, Aug. 22

5:30 p.m. Oil majors equivalent to ExxonMobil and Chevron should reduce exports of Kazakh oil through Russia once more attributable to broken tools, the pipeline operator says, including to vitality provide disruptions from Russia to the West. CPC, which ships oil from Kazakhstan through Russia to world markets and handles about 1% of world oil, stated oil exports from two of its three mooring factors at a Black Sea terminal had been suspended. It stated loadings have been solely being processed from SPM-3, whereas SPM-1 and SPM-2 have been out of service. Oil loading requests will subsequently must be decreased, it stated.

3:00 p.m. Turkey doubled its imports of Russian oil this yr, Refinitiv Eikon knowledge exhibits. Commerce between Turkey and Russia has been booming since spring as Turkish firms not banned from coping with Russian counterparts stepped in to fill the void created by EU companies leaving Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. Turkey elevated oil imports from Russia — together with Urals and Siberian Gentle grades — past 200,000 barrels per day to this point this yr in contrast with simply 98,000 bpd for a similar interval of 2021, Refinitiv knowledge confirmed.

1:50 p.m. Germany has likelihood of getting via the approaching winter with out taking drastic measures however faces a tough time and should put together for Russia to tighten fuel provides additional, Financial system Minister Robert Habeck says. “We nonetheless have a really vital winter forward of us. We have now to count on that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will additional scale back the fuel,” Habeck informed German broadcaster ARD from Canada, the place he’s on a three-day journey with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

3:24 a.m. Russian missiles hit targets close to the town of Odesa, a Ukrainian Black Sea port and grain export hub, because the conflict heads for the six-month milestone on Wednesday. Native authorities say Ukrainian defenses shot down two of the cruise missiles whereas three hit agricultural targets, however there have been no casualties.

Aug. 24 additionally will mark 31 years of Ukraine’s independence from Soviet rule, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy requires vigilance in a nightly video handle, saying Moscow may attempt “one thing significantly ugly.”

In the meantime, artillery shells rain down in a single day on Nikopol, a metropolis mendacity throughout the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, reducing energy to three,000 residents and spurring fears of a nuclear accident.

Folks attend an exhibition displaying destroyed Russian army autos in central Kyiv.

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2:00 a.m. Russian authorities are investigating a suspected automotive bomb assault outdoors Moscow that killed the daughter of Alexander Dugin, an ultranationalist ideologue who advocates Russia absorbing Ukraine. Investigators say they’re contemplating “all variations” on the subject of establishing who was accountable for Darya Dugina’s dying, whereas Russia’s International Ministry speculates of a hyperlink to Ukraine, which Kyiv denies.

“I verify that Ukraine, in fact, had nothing to do with this as a result of we aren’t a prison state, just like the Russian Federation, and, furthermore, we aren’t a terrorist state,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak says. Learn extra.

Sunday, Aug. 21

10:00 p.m. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says tensions between the USA and China and the Russia-Ukraine conflict have an effect on Asia-Pacific safety. “We are able to count on extra geopolitical contestation within the Asia-Pacific,” he stated, including that Singapore would attempt its finest to keep away from being caught up within the “main energy rivalry.” Worsening U.S.-China relations are making it “nearly unattainable” to work collectively on urgent world points like local weather change, pandemics and nuclear proliferation, he stated, talking on the city-state’s nationwide day rally.

4:45 a.m. Russia shot down Ukrainian drones in Crimea, whereas Ukrainian officers stated Russian forces pressed forward with efforts to grab one of many few cities in japanese Ukraine not already beneath their management, The Related Press stories.

In Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, Russian authorities say native air defenses shot down a drone above the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. It was the second drone incident on the headquarters in three weeks and adopted explosions at a Russian airfield and ammunition depot on the peninsula this month.

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