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The German official said that now is the time to rebuild Ukraine

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze believes that it is important to start rebuilding Ukraine now.

“You have to do a lot of things in parallel and you also have to expect that one or the other might go off again,” Schulz said on ARD Mediathek’s morning program. But it is important for the children to continue to have schools, for the local hospital to work, to have electricity, water.

Germany is already helping with reconstruction, he said. Of the 426 million euros Germany sent to Ukraine for reconstruction efforts, about 200 million euros went directly to people in Ukraine, Schulze said.

The World Bank, the Ukrainian government and the European Commission released a report early last month that could cost up to $350 billion to rebuild post-war Ukraine.

– Rocio Fabbro

The Kremlin said France and Germany “showed no interest” in mediation over Ukraine

Moscow praised Turkey’s willingness to negotiate, saying France and Germany have shown no interest in mediating the conflict in Ukraine.

“[Turkish capital] Ankara takes a different position from Paris and Berlin… and has announced its readiness to continue mediation efforts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He added that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have so far shown “no interest in listening to Russia’s position or participating in mediation efforts.”

Macron said on Sunday that peace terms should be driven by Ukraine.

– Natasha Turak

Ukraine’s foreign minister calls on UN nuclear watchdog to inspect facilities to disprove Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ allegations

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has asked International Atomic Energy Agency chief Raphael Grossi to send a team of experts to Ukraine to inspect its nuclear facilities, to refute allegations that Russia has a “dirty bomb” it plans to use on its territory.

The head of the IAEA, the United Nations nuclear regulatory agency, Grossi, “agreed” with Kuleba’s request to “immediately send experts to peaceful institutions in Ukraine,” the minister wrote on Twitter.

“Unlike Russia, Ukraine has always been open and transparent. We have nothing to hide,” Kuleba added. In a separate tweet, he said he had spoken with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and said he “welcomed Ukraine’s decision to invite IAEA experts.”

– Natasha Turak

The British Ministry of Defense announced that Ukraine was successful in destroying Iranian drones

Russia has been using Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in several parts of Ukraine to target critical infrastructure and civilian areas, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a recent intelligence report. More effective.

“Russia continues to use Iranian unmanned aircraft against targets across Ukraine. Efforts to defeat Ukrainian Shahed-136 aircraft are improving over time,” the ministry tweeted.

Ukrainian President Zelensky and other officials say up to 85% of attacks are being intercepted, the ministry wrote. “These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes, making lone aircraft easy targets using conventional air defenses,” the ministry wrote.

He said the drones are likely a replacement for Russia’s long-range missiles, which are “increasingly increasing.”

– Natasha Turak

Zelensky calls Kremlin ‘dirty bomb’ claim, says Russia will only use nuclear weapons in Europe

“The morning is difficult. We are dealing with terrorists. Dozens of missiles, Iranian ‘Shahids’,” Zelensky wrote on his official Telegram account, referring to the use of Iranian-made Shahid drones by Russian forces.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia is the only actor in Europe to deploy nuclear weapons and has destroyed Ukraine’s infrastructure over the past eight months.

His comments were a response to Kremlin claims that Ukraine was preparing to use a ‘dirty bomb’ – which uses nuclear fission to contaminate a large area with radioactivity, without using an explosion – on its own territory.

Zelensky said it was Russia that was using “nuclear aggression” at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which has been under Russian control since March, as well as phosphorus munitions and other banned weapons on civilian infrastructure.

He added that such a statement only means that it is Russia that is preparing to deploy the weapons it has accused Ukraine of possessing.

In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated Russia’s position that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb” on its own territory to escalate the conflict with Russia.

Peskov told the press that “the lack of confidence in the information provided by Russia does not mean that there is no threat of using such a dirty bomb.”

“There is such a threat, and the Minister of Defense has given the information about it to the negotiators. It is up to them to believe it or not.”

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– Natasha Turak

‘Ukraine has neither the capacity nor the will to use a dirty bomb,’ said a former British ambassador.

Nigel Gould-Davies, senior fellow on Russia and Eurasia at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, tweeted that Ukraine “neither has the capability nor the desire to use a dirty bomb.”

“[Russian Defense Minister] Shoigu’s calls with the US, UK, France and Turkey over Ukraine’s plans to use a ‘dirty bomb’ are worrying. We have not seen such strong military diplomacy since the war began. Gold-Davies, who served as the UK’s ambassador to Belarus, writes that the issue is more serious.

“Ukraine, of course, has neither the ability nor the will to use a dirty bomb. What it is losing is Russia. And no one trusts Shoigun – esp [UK Defense Minister] Ben Wallace, who lied during his pre-invasion visit to Moscow.

“Shoigu has also warned of ‘out-of-control escalation’. It’s Russia that he’s looking at… It’s hard to see these calls as anything other than Shoigu, either doubling down on Putin’s mess or paving the way for Russian nuclear use,” Gold-Davis added. It violates the ban but does not produce significant results.”

– Natasha Turak

Ukraine rejects Russian claims of using ‘dirty bombs’

US and Ukrainian officials have dismissed Moscow’s claims that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb” as “blatantly false”.

The accusations were made during a high-profile call by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Western defense chiefs. Shoigu “expressed concern about possible provocations in Ukraine using ‘dirty bombs’,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, February 27, 2022.

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A “dirty bomb” is designed to contaminate a large area with radioactivity, making it harmful or uninhabitable to local residents, without the use of a nuclear explosion.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, “The United States rejects Russian Defense Minister Shoigu’s false accusation that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its territory, and the world will watch any attempt by Russia to use it. This accusation is an excuse to escalate,” the White House said. A statement said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also rejected Russia’s accusations.

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“If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has prepared all this,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.

– Natasha Turak

France’s Macron said that the peace agreement with Russia should be decided in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron They show the finger sign during a press conference on the final day of the NATO Heads of State Summit in Madrid on June 30, 2022.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said the peace deal with Moscow should be decided in Ukraine, stressing that the end of the war “cannot be the sanctification of the rule of the strong”.

“Being neutral means accepting the world order of the powerful, and I don’t agree with that,” Macron said from Rome on Sunday at the start of the three-day Cry for Peace conference.

Macron added that when the Ukrainian government decides on that time, the international community will accept it.

Ukrainian forces have been slowly retaking Russian-held and illegally invaded territory, and as Moscow appears to be on the back foot, its capacity to wreak havoc on Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure remains intact, and analysts fear it could take more extreme measures in retaliation. Like nuclear weapons.

– Natasha Turak

More than 1 million Ukrainian homes are without power

In the year Smoke rises above the buildings after a Russian missile attack on critical infrastructure in Lviv on October 10, 2022. Russia launched 15 rockets in the Lviv region, some of which were shot down by air defense forces, the rest hit energy infrastructure facilities. Lviv has lost electricity, water and mobile phone connections due to the rocket attack.

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Russian attacks on Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure have left more than 1 million homes without power in the country, Ukraine’s deputy president, Kyrillo Tymoshenko, said over the weekend. All of Ukraine’s cities and towns have experienced blackouts this month due to Russian attacks, raising concerns about what could happen next winter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged his citizens to exercise caution in their use of force.

In his speech on Sunday night, he said, “We need to use electricity very consciously. Please remember to limit the use of unnecessary and energy-consuming appliances… It is necessary to be really frugal with energy consumption in public places.”

– Natasha Turak


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