International concern over weekend artillery attacks on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex grew on Monday, with Kiev warning of a Chornobyl-style disaster and calling for the area to be demilitarized. 

NUCLEAR COMPLEX ZAPORIZHZHIA

  • The head of Ukraine’s state nuclear power company Energoatom demanded on Monday that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant be declared a military-free zone, citing the risk of a Chernobyl-style nuclear disaster after shelling hit the site. 
  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the risk of nuclear conflict had resurfaced after decades, urging nuclear states to commit to no first use of nuclear weapons. Any attack on a nuclear power plant would be “suicidal thing” he said. 
  • Russia’s defense ministry said on Monday that Ukraine shelled the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, Zaporizhzhia, on Aug. 7, damaging high-voltage power lines and forcing the plant to reduce output. 
  • The power station is operating “in normal mode,” the Russian-installed head of the local administration said on Monday, according to Interfax. 

FIGHTING/DIPLOMACY

  • The Kremlin stated on Monday that there is currently no basis for a meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents. 
  • One of President Vladimir Putin’s closest supporters declared on Monday that Russia would achieve its goals in the Ukraine crisis on its own terms, despite the West’s long-term strategy to destroy Russia. 
  • According to a new report by the Royal United Services Institute defense think tank, more than 450 foreign-made components were discovered in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, indicating that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia in the years leading up to the invasion. 
  • According to Interfax, citing a local Russian-appointed official, Ukrainian soldiers shelled the Antonivskyi bridge in the Russian-controlled city of Kherson again on Monday, destroying construction equipment and delaying its reopening, according to Interfax. 
  • Russia’s defense ministry said its forces knocked down 19 HIMARS missiles made in the United States and damaged HIMARS vehicles near the Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk. The reports could not be verified by Reuters. 

GRAINS

  • According to Turkey and Ukraine, two additional ships carrying maize and soybeans left Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Monday, bringing the total to 10 since the first ship went last week under a deal with Russia to unblock Ukrainian grain exports. 

Source: Reuters

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