Russian troops have been stationed in Transnistria since the region broke away from Moldova in a violent conflict in the early 1990s. The Transnistrian Moldovan Republic is recognized by Russia but not by the international community. According to Russia, the military presence in Transnistria is to ensure peace. The Republic of Moldova, which recently gained EU candidate status along with neighboring Ukraine, is demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops.
Russia had already threatened military action in April. At the time there were allegations of attacks on Transnistria.
LONDON: Ukraine continues its counteroffensive in the south
9.12 am: Ukrainian forces are continuing their offensive against Russian occupation of southern Ukraine, using long-range missiles to attack Russian logistics sites, according to British intelligence. Official Ukrainian government footage also showed the use of missiles that could be used to detect and destroy radar systems, according to a brief report from the British Ministry of Defense on Thursday.
From the point of view of the British secret services, Russian radar systems are a decisive factor for Russia’s position in the Ukraine war. Substantial damage to these systems would significantly weaken the Russians, it said.
Ukraine governor: IAEA mission suspended after Russian shelling
9.10 am: According to Ukraine’s governor of the Zaporizhia region, Russia is bombing pre-determined routes for the IAEA team. The preparation team could not continue due to security concerns, Oleksandr Staruch wrote in Telegram.
Nuclear power plant operator: Reactor shutdown due to mortar fire
8:57 am: One of the two reactors still operating at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has shut down following Russian shelling, according to Ukrainian operator Energoatom. Emergency measures were activated after mortar fire and shutdown of reactor number 5. Reactor No. 6 continues to generate the electricity required for the nuclear power plant’s own operation. Zaporizhia NPP is located directly on the Dnipro River and consists of six pressurized water reactors.
Russia: Ukraine reportedly tried to seize nuclear power plant
8:43 am: According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukrainian forces attempted to seize the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. At dawn, 60 Ukrainian soldiers crossed the Dnipro River by boat, marking the way forward. Measures have been taken to destroy them. The ministry sees the deployment of Ukrainian troops as a provocation intended to prevent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts from investigating the nuclear power plant.
Information cannot be verified. For months, Russia has been using disinformation and propaganda to divert attention from its own vulnerabilities or to justify its brutal repression of Ukraine.
Ukraine: Russia fires shells at Zaporizhia nuclear plant ahead of IAEA mission
7:41 am: Before a team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts began a planned mission at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the Russian military opened fire again in the nearby town of Enerhodar, according to Ukrainian sources.