Last Russian-Ukrainian War: What We Know About Day 186 of the Invasion | Ukraine

  • Concerns about possible radiation leak at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant persist. The Ukrainian energy operator warned that there were “risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances” in the Russian-occupied plant. Authorities were distributing iodine tablets to residents who live near the plant in case of radiation exposure.

  • Russia and Ukraine swapped new charges for bombing the area around the nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, on Saturday. Troops from Moscow have “repeatedly shelled” the plant site over the past day, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom said. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Ukrainian troops had “shelled the territory of the station three times” in the past day.

  • The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is trying to negotiate access to the plant for an urgent inspection mission “to help stabilize the nuclear safety and security situation”. Energoatom chief Petro Kotin told the Guardian a visit could take place before the end of the month, but Ukraine’s energy minister Lana Zerkal told a local radio station that she would not was not convinced that Russia was negotiating in good faith.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued a statement marking Ukrainian Aviation Day, in which he pledged that the Kyiv troops would “destroy the potential of the occupiers step by step”. The Ukrainian president swore that the “Russian invaders would die like dew on the sun”.

  • Russia has probably increased the intensity of its attacks in the Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass region over the past five days, according to British intelligence. Pro-Russian separatists have most likely advanced towards the center of the village of Pisky, near Donetsk airport, but Russian forces have made little territorial gains overall, according to the latest report from the UK Ministry of Defense.

  • Russia has blocked a deal at the UN to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The failure to agree on a joint declaration, due to Moscow’s objection to a clause on control of the Zaporizhzhia plant, is the latest blow to hopes of maintaining an arms control regime and contain a rekindled arms race.

  • Ukrainian sailors will be allowed to leave the country to work, said the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said draft-age men employed as crew members would be allowed to leave the country as long as they had permission from their local conscription offices to cross the border.

  • Britain’s Ministry of Defense said it would donate six underwater drones to Ukraine to help clear its coastline of mines and make grain shipments safer.. In addition, dozens of members of the Ukrainian Navy will learn how to use the drones over the next few months, the ministry said.

  • Kazakhstan, a neighbor and ally of Russia, has suspended all arms exports for a yearsaid his government, amid the conflict in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Moscow.

  • Poland and the Czech Republic have agreed to protect the airspace of their NATO ally, Slovakiaas it modernizes its air force, moving from old Soviet-made MiG-29 fighters to a new batch of F-16 aircraft from the United States.

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