Volodymyr Zelensky: Russia’s war must end with the liberation of Crimea

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THE Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his speech last night that war with Russia it will not end until the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, is liberated.

“THE Crimea it is Ukrainian and we will never abandon it,” he said.

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“The Black Sea region cannot be safe as long as Crimea is occupied. There will be no stable and lasting peace in many countries bordering the Mediterranean as long as Russia is able to use our peninsula as its military base.”

“This Russian war against Ukraine and all of free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea — with its liberation,” Mr. Zelensky insisted.

This Russian war against Ukraine and against the entire free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation. Russia has turned our peninsula, which has always been and will be one of the best places in Europe, into one of the most dangerous places in Europe. But we will return to the Ukrainian Crimea. From the Kharkiv region to Kherson, from Donetsk to Enerhodar, from Stanytsia Luhanska to Yalta, from Berdyansk to Novofedorivka – these are all parts of our country, this is Ukraine, which will be completely free.

Posted by Volodymyr Zelenskyi on Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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Earlier yesterday, they were noted explosions in Russian military base in Crimea. The Russian authorities spoke of the ignition of ammunition in a warehouse, with the account of the victims they gave speaking of one dead and five injured. Kyiv “of course does not claim” responsibility for the explosion, “what do we have to do with it?” said Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to President Zelensky, although the New York Times newspaper referred in its online edition to a Ukrainian attack with an unspecified weapon.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and the Kremlin has warned Ukraine that any attack on the peninsula would trigger massive retaliation, including strikes on “decision-making centers” in Kyiv.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it was a munitions explosion that caused a fire, clarifying that there was no attack and that the Saki base suffered no damage to military equipment. At this base are stationed Russian warplanes that carry out attacks in the south of Ukraine.

“Several munitions intended for aviation exploded inside a warehouse located on the territory of the Saki military airport, near the Novofedorivka region,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, stressing that the warehouse was not the target of fire or shelling.

“The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine cannot determine the cause of the fire, but once again reminds of fire safety rules and the prohibition of smoking in places where it is not allowed,” Maliar wrote in a post on Telegram, the Ukrainian news agency reported. Ukrinform.

However, she emphasized that the fact of the fire can be used by the terrorist country in the information war.

“We do not rule out that the conquerors may ‘accidentally’ find some characteristic ‘symbols’, ‘business cards’ or even ‘DNA’. By the way, we draw attention to the fact that cotton clothes are very hygienic,” Maliar added, advising Ukrainians to remain calm and have confidence in the country’s armed forces.

The bombings in Zaporizhia at the UN Security Council

The security Council of United Nations Organization will discuss his artillery bombardments nuclear power plant at Zaporizhiain the eastern part of Ukraine.

Russia requested yesterday Tuesday (9/8) that the issue be raised at the SA meeting tomorrow Thursday in New York.

The agency’s fifteen-member top body will be briefed by Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on the situation at the station.

The factory — the largest of its kind in Europe — in the Enerhodar region was repeatedly bombed over the weekend and damaged, but its critical infrastructure is believed to be intact. Ukraine and Russia they blame each other for the attacks on the station, which has been in the hands of Russian troops since March.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the head of pro-Russian authorities in the region, said air defenses around the plant would be strengthened, according to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. According to the same img, the facilities are operating normally and damaged cables have been restored.

The head of Energoatom, the Ukrainian nuclear power company, Petro Kotin, warned yesterday that there was a “very high” risk at the plant, which Kyiv wants to bring under its control before winter.

Mr Kotin claimed last week during an interview with the Reuters news agency that Russia wants to disconnect the station from the Ukrainian power grid and connect it to its own.

The plant, which has six reactors, contributed 20-21% of Ukraine’s energy mix before the war. It urgently needs repairs, according to Mr Kotin. “We urgently need to get the Russians out of there,” he added.

About 500 Russian military personnel with heavy vehicles are at the facility, using the station as a base, he said. He characterized the best solution as the withdrawal of the military and heavy weapons and the handing over of the station to the control of Kiev. He also said that blue-collar workers could be deployed there to guarantee the safety of the factory.

He warned, however, that there are no security guarantees if IAEA inspectors decide to go to Zaporizhia to inspect the facilities. The responsibility for any such visit must rest with the UN, he said.

Shells fell near spent nuclear fuel storage tanks — there are 174 of them, with highly radioactive material, Mr. Kotin said. If they are hit, disaster threatens. “We will have a radioactivity cloud and then the weather will decide (…) where it will go,” he said. “The risk is too high.”

Source: News Beast

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