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Today’s news, August 9, is live. Ukrainian President Zelensky sounds the nuclear alarm and accuses Russia: “He wants a catastrophe.” Then he meets Bill Clinton.

• The war in Ukraine It’s the 167th day.

• Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of the explosions at the Zaporizhzhya power plant: Moscow is undermining the region and talking about possible “catastrophic consequences”, while according to Kyiv, the Russians are carrying out “nuclear terrorism”. Here is the military point.

• The Pentagon announced sending one billion dollars in new military aid to Ukraine.
The World Bank has announced the mobilization of an additional loan of $4.5 billion to Ukraine in the framework of the Peace Project.
• Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
• According to US Pentagon estimates, there have been between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties in Russia, including dead and wounded, since the beginning of the conflict.

10:28 a.m. – Cardinal Parolin: ‘Disarm only if it’s public’

The Cardinal and Secretary of State of the Vatican said: “We cannot just ask the country that was attacked to give up the armed struggle.” Pietro ParolinDuring an interview with the Journal of Geopolitics Lime.

Then a reference to relations with the Church in Moscow and one on Pope Francis.The dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Moscow Patriarchate is a difficult dialogue that proceeds with small steps and also experiences fluctuating stages, but it “did not stop. The pro-Russian pope? Simplification is not considered an immediate condemnation of the Pope for the aggression of the Moscow army. The aggressor and the attacker have not been placed on the same level before.”

10:14 am – EU gas consumption cuts are in effect

An EU plan to cut gas consumption by 15% is coming into effect. The goal is to address the energy price crisis in the context of the war in Ukraine.

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“Given the imminent danger to the security of gas supplies caused by Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, this regulation must come into force urgently,” reads the text published yesterday in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The regulation says EU countries will “make every effort” to reduce gas consumption by “at least 15%” between August of this year and March 2023, based on what they have consumed on average in the previous five years. Although the European Union did not include Russian gas in sanctions imposed on Moscow over the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin has dramatically cut off supplies to European countries, requiring action to avoid damage from supply shortages.

09:39 – Shelling of Nikopol: “More than 120 missiles were fired”

Valentin ReznichenkoHead of the Regional Military Administration of Dnipropetrovsk, quoted UNIAN
And the The latest explosions reported that occurred during the night in the area of

Nikopol, in eastern Ukraine. More than 120 rockets landed in an area in the neighborhoods Nikopolsky And the Synelnikivskyi. A number of residential buildings were damaged. A 46-year-old man was injured.

05:17 – USA and Canada: Phone call between defense ministers, focus on Ukraine and NATO

US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, had a phone conversation with his Canadian counterpart, Anita Anand, to discuss the future of bilateral coordination within NATO and the next steps that must be taken to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian invasion. Note that says. The two parties also agreed on the need to maintain an appropriate degree of cooperation in the context of the most important regional and global challenges.

4:11 a.m. – President Zelensky listens to Bill Clinton

President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a video interview to Bill Clinton, in which he called on the former US president to draw the international community’s attention to the bombing of the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye and to “Russian nuclear terrorism”. UNIAN reported on this, adding that Zelensky thanked the United States for support at various levels, as well as for the personal support of Clinton and his wife, Hillary. The United States is helping us prevent Russia from freezing this conflict. This is exactly what Russia wants. We know very well what happens to frozen disputes. It extends for years and decades. “We cannot allow that to happen,” Zelensky said, stressing the importance of further toughening sanctions.

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02:18 – Zelensky, Russia has created a threat of nuclear disaster

In his evening video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of “causing a threat of nuclear catastrophe.” Reference to artillery shells that have exploded in recent days near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, in an area under Russian control. Kyiv and Moscow blame each other for the attacks. Zelensky said: “The world should not forget Chernobyl and should remember that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe, the Chernobyl disaster was a reactor explosion. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has six reactors.” The Ukrainian president added: “New sanctions are needed against The terrorist state and the entire Russian nuclear industry for threatening a nuclear catastrophe.

02:15 am – UN increases aid request to $4.3 billion

The United Nations has increased its appeal for humanitarian aid to Ukraine, estimating that $4.3 billion will be needed between March and the end of the year. “The financial needs have increased from 2.25 billion (estimated in April) to 4.3 billion,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. He added that the April appeal for donations covered the period from March to August, but was extended until the end of the year “due to the worsening situation” and the approaching cold weather.

01.20 – Washington: “Zaporizia must be disarmed”

“Nuclear power plants must be returned to Ukraine, but in a sensitive situation, like the current one, the Zaporizhzhya demilitarized region must at least be, in order to avoid even worse risks.” White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said this during a press conference on Air Force One. “Fighting around a nuclear power plant is dangerous,” he said, stressing that based on the data collected, “fortunately we have no indication of an abnormal increase in radioactivity levels.”

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00.15 – Kyiv: “The Russians have undermined Zaporizhzhya. Ready to blow the plant”

According to the Ukrainian nuclear energy agency Energotom, Russian forces are ready to blow up the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya. This was reported by the company’s press service with a post on Telegram citing Ukrinform. “As you know, we have destroyed all the important structures of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” Russian military commanders in the region said. We did not hide it from the enemy. We warned them. They know the power plant will be Russian or someone else’s. We are ready to face the repercussions of this step.”

00.01 – Media: Russia burns gas that it does not send to Europe

Russia burns surplus gas that it does not export to European countries. This was reported by the newspaper El Mundo, citing Finnish TV Yle, which, according to satellite images from the NASA fire control system, showed flames at the Portovaya pressure station, owned by Gazprom. NASA service shows undeclared fires near the Portovaya station since mid-June, that is, from the moment – the Spanish media recall – Nord Stream deliveries were limited

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