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The second reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is also back on the grid

9:09 p.mA second reactor at the Russian-owned Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has also returned to the grid, according to Ukraine’s state-owned company Energoatom.

On Thursday, the nuclear power plant was completely disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid as a result of shelling by Russian troops, according to Energoatom. The system was only connected to the grid again on Friday night. Recently there have been repeated explosions and fires at power plant sites. Ukraine and Russia are blaming each other.

Scholz: Ukraine will follow the course “all the time”.

7.30 pm: Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected criticism from his own post of the government’s Ukraine course. Germany will not go it alone, for example supplying arms to Ukraine, he told an SPD election rally in Coxshaven. But the imperialist activities of Russia must be resisted.

This will “always” be done discreetly and firmly. However, one must respond to citizens’ fears and explain the course to them. “Of course it’s a problem when you open the newspaper and don’t always find your own doubts,” he said, referring to CDU, Greens, FDP and SPD supporters.

NATO chief calls Russia’s Arctic presence a strategic challenge

6.30 pm: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described Russia’s military presence in the Arctic as a strategic challenge for the Western alliance. “The importance of the Far North is increasing for NATO and Canada as we see a significant build-up of the Russian military with new bases and new weapons systems,” he said during a visit to Canada. NATO needs a strong presence in the region.

Högl criticized Ukraine’s lack of armored personnel carriers

4:42 p.m: The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Eva Högl, has criticized the federal government’s lack of approval for the delivery of German armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. It’s about the “murder” type of vehicle, Högl said in a “weekly interview” on Deutschlandfunk. Their export has not yet received government approval.

“The Martens that are still available from the industry are not available to the troops at the moment and that is why they will be suitable to support Ukraine,” said the SPD politician. The vehicles are currently being repaired by the Rheinmetall Armaments Group. Defense politicians from the Greens and the FDP are also demanding their supplies to Ukraine.

Nuclear power plant operator: Zaporizhia power plant back on grid

1:39 pm: According to operating company Energoatom, the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, which was occupied by Russian troops, has been reconnected to the power grid. A reactor block shut down earlier in the day is back online, the company announced Friday afternoon. The fire caused the nuclear power plant to be completely disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid on Thursday, raising fears of an imminent nuclear disaster, according to the operator.

London: Deliberate disinformation to cover up Russian military failures

12:33 pm: According to British experts, Moscow’s claims of a deliberate reduction in attacks on Ukraine are false. This emerged from the Defense Ministry’s daily intelligence update in London on Friday. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that his army had scaled back its attacks to protect civilians in Ukraine.


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