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Russia Ukraine War: UN inspectors have appealed to the Zaporizhia nuclear plant on the Ukraine border to prevent a nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, Russia’s energy war with the West in Ukraine has intensified. Moscow on Saturday closed its gas pipeline to Germany and threatened a price hike on oil exports.
On Saturday, while shelling intensified near the plant, gas, electricity and oil supplies to Europe were disrupted. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have called for a devastating nuclear disaster amid the war around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, occupied by Russia.
Russia’s attack on the neighboring country has forced the IAEA and other international organizations to restore order, identify the dead and hold accountability for war crimes around Ukraine’s nuclear power plants.
On the other hand, Russian-controlled energy giant Gazprom stopped gas supply on Saturday citing a technical fault in the Nord Stream-1 pipeline. At the same time, Russia alleged that Ukrainian forces opened fire overnight near Europe’s largest nuclear plant, leading to the shutdown of main power lines.
Russia worried over non-issuance of US visa for UN meeting
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzia said there is less than three weeks left for the annual meeting of world leaders at the UN General Assembly, but not a single member of the 56-member delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has yet received an entry visa to the US. The non-release is a matter of concern. He has also written a letter to Secretary General Antonio Guterres in this regard.
White House asks for $13.7 billion more for Ukraine
President Joe Biden has requested Congress for $13.7 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine. The request is part of a larger emergency spending package of $47.1 billion. The amount related to Ukraine tops the $40 billion in aid that was approved earlier this year. Three-fourths of that military and budgetary support has already been given.