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Nuclear inspectors expected at the Zaporizhzhia plant

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to inspect Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday.

The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.

However, uncertainty hangs over the planned visit of the inspectors.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told reporters in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday:

If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continuous presence, then it will continue. But this first segment will take a few days.

On Wednesday, the Russian occupation authorities said the team would be allowed access for one day.

Members of the IAEA mission leave Kyiv to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll bring you all the latest developments in a short time. Whether you’ve been following our coverage overnight or just passed by, here are the final lines.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday. The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.

Meanwhile, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser said that Ukraine’s counter-offensive to recover the southern region of Kherson did not stall or fail.

It is 7:30 a.m. in Kyiv. Here’s where things stand:

  • Ukraine’s counteroffensive to reclaim Kherson did not stall or fail, said a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “The fact that we have not taken Kherson yet does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed,” Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video message sent to Telegram early Thursday morning. “It’s done in a planned way. We destroy enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots. Arestovych warned Ukrainians to be patient, adding “there will be no quick wins”.

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces hit strategic bridges in southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovitch added. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region, were “disabled” in an update posted on Telegram early Thursday.

  • Uncertainty hangs over the planned visit of inspectors to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. “If we’re able to establish a permanent presence, or an ongoing presence, then it’s going to be sustained. But this first segment will take a few days,” said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi. On Wednesday, the Russian occupation authorities said the team would be allowed access for one day.

  • Russian military has ‘serious manpower shortages’ and seeks to recruit contract service members and may even attract convicted felons, a US official said, citing US intelligence. The official said that could include “compelling wounded soldiers back into combat, acquiring personnel from private security companies and paying conscript bonuses.”

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Venice Film Festival, describing Russia’s war against Ukraine as “a primitive plot in three acts that the world makes three dramatic mistakes: getting used to war, putting up with war, forgetting war”. Zelenskiy told the audience “not to stay silent” and “not to stay neutral”.

  • Russia has stopped the flow of gas through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Europe, citing the need for repairs. The German government rejects the request, calling it a “semblance”. He said Nord Stream was “fully operational” and there were no technical issues. The shutdown of the Baltic Sea pipeline at 5 a.m. Wednesday would last three days, said Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy company.

  • Estonia aims to keep most Russians out within weeks, said its foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu. “It takes time, but I think the timing is also critical, given this large number of Russian citizens coming in.”

  • The EU has agreed to suspend a visa travel deal with Moscow. The block aims to limit the number of Russian nationals entering for holidays and shopping, but stops short of a full ban on tourist visas. Meeting in Prague, the 27 EU foreign ministers promised to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which makes it relatively easy to obtain travel documents.

  • Zelenskiy welcomed the EU visa measure. “I think it’s humiliating for Europe when it’s seen as one big shop or one restaurant,” he said. “When the citizens of the state that wants to destroy European values ​​use Europe for entertainment or shopping, for their mistresses’ holidays while they themselves work for the war or simply to wait in silence for the fall immorality of Russia.”

  • The United States has obtained a warrant to seize a $ 45 million plane belonging to the Russian energy company Lukoil, the US Department of Justice said, although the plane is currently believed to be in Russia. The plane is believed to have flown to and from Russia in violation of US Commerce Department sanctions.

  • G7 finance ministers to discuss Biden administration’s proposed price cap for Russian oil when they met on Friday, the White House announced. “This is the most effective way, in our opinion, to hit Putin’s income hard and it will not only lower Putin’s oil income, but also lower global energy prices,” the spokeswoman said. of the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre.

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A man leaves his damaged apartment building following a Russian missile strike in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region of Ukraine, August 31. Photography: AFP/Getty Images


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