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Russian-Ukrainian war: fighting near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is increasing, warns IAEA

There is a “significant increase in the number of troops” in the region surrounding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the head of the UN’s atomic energy watchdog said, adding that there were ” open discussions on offensives and counter-offensives” involving Ukrainians and Russians. forces.

“It is obvious that military activity is increasing throughout this region. All measures and precautions must be taken so that the factory is not attacked and can be protected,” Rafael Mariano Grossi said during a visit Wednesday to the factory, which is currently controlled by Russian forces. Efforts are underway, he said, to get kyiv and Moscow to agree to principles such as not attacking the plant or using it as a base for launching attacks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited Chinese leader Xi Jinping to discuss the war during an interview with The Associated Press, adding that he had not been in contact with Xi since before the Russian invasion last year. last.

Here is the latest news on the war and its ripple effects around the world.

Analysis of our correspondents

Cherkasov reportedly spent a decade building a fictional persona as Ferreira, but the ambitious, high-risk operation included a side of self-defeating hubris. Part of the information he allegedly sent back to Moscow about the US reaction before the invasion of Ukraine, the FBI later concluded, came from an online group chat led by a former professor.

It appears to have been a small part of a much larger Russian intelligence failure that vastly overestimated the ease with which the invasion of Ukraine would proceed, setting itself up for even greater military failures on the spot. battle.


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