Russo-Ukrainian War: No ‘quick wins’ in Kherson, says Zelenskiy adviser; nuclear inspectors expected at the Zaporizhzhia plant – live | Ukraine

The Russian-held city of Energodar, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has come under attack early this morning, Ukrainian officials say.

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The Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Energoatom, posted an update to its official Telegram channel just before 8am local time.

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Since five o’clock in the morning, constant mortar attacks on the city have not stopped.”

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Energodar city mayor, Dmytro Orlov, said “several civilian objects were hit” and confirmed there were victims from the attack in a separate post to his Telegram channel.

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Ukraine’s counteroffensive to reclaim Kherson has not stalled or failed, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said.

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Oleksiy Arestovych reiterated the offensive was still very much underway in a video messaged posted to Telegram early on Thursday morning.

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The fact that we have not taken Kherson yet does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed. It is carried out in a planned manner. We destroy enemy logistics, air defence systems, fuel and ammunition depots.

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… There will be no quick wins. Initially, a strategy was taken to systematically grind Putin’s army.

It is long, so there is a lot of work to be done.

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Ukraine’s armed forces struck strategic bridges in the southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added.

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Ukraine’s defence ministry said the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region, were “disabled” in an update posted to Telegram early on Thursday.

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Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to inspect the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant today after arriving in Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia city on Wednesday.

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The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.

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However, uncertainty hangs over the planned inspectors’ visit.

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IAEA chief, Rafael Grossi, told reporters from Zaporizhzhia city on Wednesday:

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If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continued presence, then it’s going to be prolonged. But this first segment is going to take a few days.”

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On Wednesday the Russian-occupying authorities said the team would be given access for one day.

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Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

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I’m Samantha Lock and I will be bringing you all the latest developments for the next short while. Whether you’ve been following our coverage overnight or you’ve just dropped in, here are the latest lines.

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Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to inspect the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant today after arriving in Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia city on Wednesday. The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.

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Meanwhile, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser has said Ukraine’s counteroffensive to reclaim the souther region of Kherson has not stalled or failed.

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It is 7.30am in Kyiv. Here is where things stand:

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  • Ukraine’s counteroffensive to reclaim Kherson has not stalled or failed, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said. “The fact that we have not taken Kherson yet does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed,” Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video messaged posted to Telegram early on Thursday morning. “It is carried out in a planned manner. We destroy enemy logistics, air defence systems, fuel and ammunition depots.” Arestovych cautioned Ukrainians to be patient, adding “there will be no quick wins”.

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  • Ukraine’s armed forces struck strategic bridges in the southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added. Ukraine’s defence ministry said the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region, were “disabled” in an update posted to Telegram early on Thursday.

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  • Uncertainty hangs over the planned inspectors’ visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. “If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continued presence, then it’s going to be prolonged. But this first segment is going to take a few days,” said the IAEA chief, Rafael Grossi. On Wednesday the Russian-occupying authorities said the team would be given access for one day.

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  • The Russian military has “severe manpower shortages” and is seeking to recruit contract service members and may even draw in convicted criminals, a US official has said, citing US intelligence. The official said this may include “compelling wounded soldiers to re-enter combat, acquiring personnel from private security companies, and paying bonuses to conscripts”.

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  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Venice film festival, describing Russia’s war on Ukraine as “a primitive plot in three acts for the world to make three dramatic mistakes: to get used to the war, to put up with the war, to forget about the war”. Zelenskiy told the audience “not to remain silent” and “not to remain neutral”.

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  • Russia has stopped the flow of gas via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe, citing the need to carry out repairs. The German government rejects the claim, calling it a “pretence”. It said Nord Stream was “fully operational” and that there were no technical issues. The halt on the Baltic Sea pipeline at 5am on Wednesday would last for three days, said Gazprom, the Russian state energy company.

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  • Estonia aims to stop most Russians from entering within weeks, its foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, has said. “It takes some time, but I think timing is also critical, looking at these vast numbers of Russian citizens entering.”

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  • The EU has agreed to suspend a visa travel deal with Moscow. The bloc aims to curb the number of Russian nationals entering for holidays and shopping, but is stopping short of a full tourist visa ban. Meeting in Prague, the EU’s 27 foreign ministers promised to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia that makes it relatively easy to obtain travel documents.

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  • Zelenskiy welcomed the EU visa measure. “I think it is humiliating for Europe when it is considered as just one big boutique or restaurant,” he said. “When the citizens of the state that wants to destroy European values use Europe for their entertainment or shopping, for the vacation of their mistresses while they themselves work for the war or to simply silently wait out the immoral fall of Russia.”

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  • The US obtained a warrant to seize a $45m airplane owned by Russian energy firm Lukoil, the US justice department said, though the aircraft is currently believed to be in Russia. The aircraft reportedly flew into and out of Russia in violation of US department of commerce sanctions.

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  • G7 finance ministers will discuss the Biden administration’s proposed price cap on Russian oil when they meet on Friday, the White House said. “This is the most effective way, we believe, to hit hard at Putin’s revenue and doing so will result in not only a drop in Putin’s oil revenue, but also global energy prices as well,” said White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre.

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Key events

City houses Zaporizhzhia factory under fire – reports

The city of Energodeswhich houses Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, was attacked early this morning, according to Ukrainian officials.

The Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Energoatom, published a update on his official Telegram channel just before 8 a.m. local time.

Since five o’clock in the morning, the constant mortar attacks on the city have not ceased.

Energodar town mayor Dmytro Orlov said ‘several civilian objects were hit’ and confirmed there were casualties from the attack in another Publish on his Telegram channel.

No ‘quick wins’ in Kherson, says Zelenskiy adviser

Ukraine’s counteroffensive to reclaim Kherson has not stalled or failed, said senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Oleksiy Arestovych reiterated that the offensive was still ongoing in a video message posted on Telegram early Thursday morning.

The fact that we have not taken Kherson yet does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed. It is carried out in a planned manner. We destroy enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots.

… There will be no quick wins. Initially, a strategy was adopted to systematically crush Putin’s army.

It’s long, so there’s a lot of work to do.

Black smoke rises from the frontline in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine on August 30.
Black smoke rises from the frontline in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine on August 30. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian Armed Forces hit strategic bridges in the southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Kakhovsky and Daryiv Bridgesused by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the area, were “deactivated” in an update posted on Telegram early Thursday.

Nuclear inspectors expected at the Zaporizhzhia plant

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to inspect Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday.

The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.

However, uncertainty hangs over the planned visit of the inspectors.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told reporters in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday:

If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continuous presence, then it will continue. But this first segment will take a few days.

On Wednesday, the Russian occupation authorities said the team would be allowed access for one day.

Members of the IAEA mission leave Kyiv to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
Members of the IAEA mission leave Kyiv to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll bring you all the latest developments in a short time. Whether you’ve been following our coverage overnight or just passed by, here are the final lines.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday. The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident.

Meanwhile, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser said that Ukraine’s counter-offensive to recover the southern region of Kherson did not stall or fail.

It is 7:30 a.m. in Kyiv. Here’s where things stand:

  • Ukraine’s counteroffensive to reclaim Kherson did not stall or fail, said a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “The fact that we have not taken Kherson yet does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed,” Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video message sent to Telegram early Thursday morning. “It’s done in a planned way. We destroy enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots. Arestovych warned Ukrainians to be patient, adding “there will be no quick wins”.

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces hit strategic bridges in southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovitch added. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said that the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the area, were “deactivated” in an update posted on Telegram early Thursday.

  • Uncertainty hangs over the planned visit of inspectors to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. “If we’re able to establish a permanent presence, or an ongoing presence, then it’s going to be sustained. But this first segment will take a few days,” said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi. On Wednesday, the Russian occupation authorities said the team would be allowed access for one day.

  • Russian military has ‘serious manpower shortages’ and seeks to recruit contract service members and may even attract convicted felons, a US official said, citing US intelligence. The official said that could include “compelling wounded soldiers back into combat, acquiring personnel from private security companies and paying conscript bonuses.”

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Venice Film Festival, describing Russia’s war against Ukraine as “a primitive plot in three acts that the world makes three dramatic mistakes: getting used to war, putting up with war, forgetting war”. Zelenskiy told the audience “not to stay silent” and “not to stay neutral”.

  • Russia has stopped the flow of gas via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Europeciting the need for repairs. The German government rejects the request, calling it a “semblance”. He said Nord Stream was “fully operational” and there were no technical issues. The shutdown of the Baltic Sea pipeline at 5 a.m. Wednesday would last three days, said Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy company.

  • Estonia aims to keep most Russians out within weeks, said its foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu. “It takes time, but I think the timing is also critical, given this large number of Russian citizens coming in.”

  • The EU agreed to suspend a visa travel agreement with Moscow. The block aims to limit the number of Russian nationals entering for holidays and shopping, but stops short of a full ban on tourist visas. Meeting in Prague, the 27 EU foreign ministers promised to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which makes it relatively easy to obtain travel documents.

  • Zelenskiy welcomed the EU visa measure. “I think it’s humiliating for Europe when it’s seen as one big shop or one restaurant,” he said. “When the citizens of the state that wants to destroy European values ​​use Europe for entertainment or shopping, for their mistresses’ vacations while they themselves work for the war or simply to wait in silence for the fall immorality of Russia.”

  • The United States has obtained a warrant to seize a $ 45 million plane belonging to the Russian energy company Lukoil, the US Department of Justice said, although the plane is currently believed to be in Russia. The plane is believed to have flown to and from Russia in violation of US Commerce Department sanctions.

  • G7 finance ministers to discuss Biden administration’s proposed price cap for Russian oil when they met on Friday, the White House announced. “This is the most effective way, in our opinion, to hit Putin’s income hard and it will not only lower Putin’s oil income, but also lower global energy prices,” the spokeswoman said. of the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre.

A man leaves his damaged apartment building following a Russian missile strike in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region of Ukraine, August 31.
A man leaves his damaged apartment building following a Russian missile strike in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region of Ukraine, August 31. Photography: AFP/Getty Images

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