Live – Ukraine: Zelensky rejects Russian accusations of ‘dirty bomb’

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Washington finds Russian dirty bomb allegations ‘false’

Reports by Moscow that Ukraine is preparing to use a “dirty bomb” against Russian forces are “clearly untrue,” a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said Sunday. “The world will not be fooled if they try to use this allegation as an excuse,” Adrian Watson warned in a statement.

V. ZELENSKY Rejects Russian Accusations of “Dirty Bomb”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday rejected Moscow’s accusations that Kyiv was planning provocations using a “dirty bomb,” as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu put it in phone talks with EU countries.

“When Russia calls and says Ukraine is preparing something, it means only one thing: Russia has already prepared all this. Now I believe the world should act as hard as possible,” he said on social media.

Kyiv considers Russian accusations of a “dirty bomb” “absurd”.

Ukraine on Sunday denied it was ready to use a “dirty bomb” against Russian armed forces after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu alleged in phone interviews with NATO nations.

“Russian legends about Ukraine preparing to use a ‘dirty bomb’ are dangerously absurd,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba responded on social media.

“A Possible Peace While Ukraine Decides”, Judge E. Macron

“Nothing justifies, legitimizes or explains this war,” Emmanuel Macron asserts about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arguing that “Russian power fed the displacement of the Soviet empire” and that the war was “only the fruit of exaggerated ‘nationalism'” and “an imperialist project”. I don’t know that the war of all Russian people,” he adds. To the president, “Peace is possible when Ukraine decides.”

Moscow, Lance E. Macron “Don’t let the peace take hold”

From Rome, Emmanuel Macron speaks Sunday at a peace summit organized by the Italian Catholic community of Sant’Egidio. “We must agree to talk about peace,” says the head of state. “Speaking and calling for peace can be unbearable for those fighting for their freedom.”

“Today somehow Russian power must not be allowed to take over the peace,” he continues. “Peace today cannot be a dedication to the law of the strong or a truce that sanctifies the status quo.”

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London denies allegations of Russian expansion

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace on Sunday “rejected” Moscow’s claims that the West was helping to escalate the war in Ukraine, in a rare call with his Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu. “The defense minister has warned that such allegations should not be used as an excuse to escalate,” the British ministry said in a statement, stressing that the call came “at the request” of Moscow.

A craftsman in Kherson died when the device exploded

One person was killed Sunday when a homemade device exploded on a street in Kherson, the capital of the eponymous region in southern Ukraine, the annexed region’s pro-Russian occupation authorities indicated. The announcement comes as the evacuation of the city, which has been threatened by Q’s advance since Wednesday on the left bank of the Dnieper River bordering Kherson, is under way.

“The home-made device, attached to a pole and triggered remotely, killed a citizen of Kherson,” pro-Russian official Kirill Stremosov wrote in a telegram. The same sources said another passer-by was injured during the blast. In Stremoso’s view, it was an “attack,” for which he blamed Ukrainian forces. “We urge all residents of Kherson to leave the Right Bank,” he stressed.

Meeting between Russian and British Defense Ministers

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke with his British counterpart Ben Wallace on Sunday about the situation in Ukraine, the Russian military said in a statement. During this rare phone interview, he followed his French and Turkish counterparts in expressing his “concerns regarding possible provocations on the part of Ukraine using a dirty bomb.”

Two Ukrainian aircraft engine manufacturers arrested

Ukraine’s intelligence service, the SBU, announced on Sunday the arrest of two executives from Ukrainian aircraft engine manufacturer Motorsich on suspicion of collaborating with Russia. The SBU “arrested the head of the industrial company Motor Sich on suspicion of working with the Russian Federation,” it said in a statement. He also interrogated the head of the company’s foreign trade division. The names of those arrested have not been released.

They were arrested amid a criminal investigation into “the illegal supply of military equipment by Motorsich to Russian attack aircraft,” the SBU added. They are suspected of “collaboration” and “assistance to the occupation government”.

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“France Denies Any Ascent”, S. Lecornu warns

During a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu confirmed through his ministry that “he mentioned the Russian fear of Ukrainians blaming Russia for a dirty bomb attack on their territory.”. He recalled that “France has rejected any kind of escalation, especially nuclear power,” stressing its determination to “contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict together with its allies.”

Russian fighter jet crashes, two pilots killed

Two pilots were killed when a Su-30 fighter jet crashed “during a training flight” in the Irkutsk region of southern Siberia on Sunday. It was the second such crash in Russia in a week, after a Russian military plane Su-34 crashed on Monday into a residential building in Yeysk, near Ukraine.

“Both pilots were killed,” Irkutsk region governor Igor Kobchev wrote in a telegram, assuring that “no local residents were injured.” According to the local office of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the plane crashed into a two-story wooden house, causing a 200-square-meter fire. Two families – 5 people in total – lived in this house. “Thank God they were not at home when the tragedy happened,” he said.

Destruction of Ukrainian deposits

The Russian military says it destroyed a warehouse containing 100,000 tons of fuel for Ukrainian aviation, several ammunition depots and an oil tank containing diesel fuel for Ukrainian military vehicles.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the depot was destroyed near the town of Smela in the Cherkasy region of central Ukraine.

Cut off contact

According to the Ukrainian government, Russia is attempting to cut communications in Kherson to prevent the city’s enemies from sending information to the Ukrainian armed forces, amid a counteroffensive to retake the city.

According to a report by the government-run National Resistance Center, Russia has begun dismantling communications equipment at a local television center. “In the future, the Russians plan to leave the city completely away from communications, television and radio broadcasting,” the report said.

Interview between Defense Ministers

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by phone with French Armed Forces Minister S├ębastien Lecorne to discuss the situation in Ukraine “which has an uncontrollable tendency to escalate,” the Russian military said in a press release.

Sergei Shoigu “expressed his concern to his French counterpart about possible provocations by Ukraine using a dirty bomb,” the document states.

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The G7 appeals to Russia

The G7, in a statement by its Director-General for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, condemned Russia’s “abduction” of heads of nuclear power plants in Ukraine. Reacting to the hijacking by Russian forces of Zaporizhia nuclear power plant management. The statement calls for Ukraine to return full control of the facilities.

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Nuclear Energy Agency accused Russia of arresting two senior plant executives. Energoatom said Russian forces “abducted” the plant’s information technology manager Oleg Kostyukov and the plant’s deputy general manager Oleg Osheka on Monday, taking them to an “unknown location.”

Electricity was partially restored

After a series of attacks by Russia targeting energy infrastructure on Saturday, power was restored in some areas that were cut off, President Zelensky said. It is estimated that more than ten missiles hit Ukrainian facilities during the day yesterday.

During his evening speech, the Ukrainian head of state talked about the gradual return of power to the southern part of Odessa and the western parts of Khmelnytskyi and Rivne.

Elsewhere, “in many cities, in many neighbourhoods, rescue operations are still going on. We are trying to get electricity to people as soon as possible,” he said.

Game permission

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has decided to suspend Russian and Belarusian athletes from all competitions since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, following its council held in Solden (Austria) on Friday.

“To maintain the integrity of FIS competitions and for the safety of all participants, in accordance with IOC recommendations, the Council has decided to maintain the policy of not allowing Russian and Belarusian teams to participate in FIS competitions,” the organization wrote. In a statement.

Update on the situation

On Saturday, pro-Russian officials in Kherson called on residents to evacuate the city “immediately,” citing “a tense situation at the front.” Elsewhere in Ukraine, many civilians are experiencing power cuts as a result of Russian strikes. Here’s a look back at various events that took place in the last 24 hours.

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Evacuation, bombings, blackouts in Kherson... Update on the situation in Ukraine

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