Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 164 of the invasion | Ukraine

  • Ukraine has accused Russian troops of attacks near a nuclear reactor at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya power plant in the southeast of the country. Energoatom, the state-run operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said in a statement: “Three strikes were registered at the plant’s site, near one of the power blocks where the nuclear reactor is located.” The Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian troops of shelling the factory and said a radiation leak was avoided only by luck.

  • Vladimir Putin has met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks expected to focus on the Russian war in Ukraine and rumored to include Kremlin efforts to evade Western sanctions. The Russian president welcomed Erdoğan to Sochi, a seaside resort on the Black Sea, by thanking the Turkish president for helping him negotiate an international deal that would resume grain exports from Ukraine disrupted by the Kremlin’s war machine — as well as Russian foodstuffs. and fertilizers – to world markets. They agreed to boost cooperation in the transportation, agriculture, financial and construction sectors, they said in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting.

  • Three ships carrying nearly 60,000 tons of grain have departed from Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea and are on their way to Great Britain, Ireland and Turkey respectively. Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said he planned “to ensure ports can handle more than 100 ships per month”.

  • Russia says ready to talk prisoner swap with US after Thursday’s nine-year sentence for American basketball player Brittney Griner. However, the Kremlin said such negotiations should not be played out in public.

  • Amnesty International has said it stands by its accusation that Ukraine is endangering civilians by creating military bases in residential areas. to counter Russian forces after a report from the rights group provoked an outraged response from Kiev. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy criticized Amnesty over the report published Thursday, saying the rights group drew a false equivalence between Ukraine as the victim of aggression and the Russian invaders.

  • UK Ministry of Defense has expressed concern over “security and safety” at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plantsaying that Russia has “used artillery units in these areas to attack Ukrainian territory on the western bank of the Dnipro. [Dnieper] river”.

  • A European Union plan to cut gas consumption and help Germany deleverage from Russia will come into effect early next weekthe bloc’s presidency said on Friday:. Last week, EU member states agreed to cut their gas consumption by 15% in winter, with exceptions for some countries and despite opposition from Hungary.

  • Canada sends up to 225 Canadian Forces to UK to resume training of Ukrainian military recruits, the Canadian defense minister has announced. Canada has trained 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel since 2015, but aspects of the training were interrupted in February.

  • A US official has accused Moscow of preparing to post fake evidence to make it look like the recent mass murder of Ukrainian POWs in an attack on a Russian-controlled prison was caused by Ukraine. Kiev and Moscow have blamed each other for last week’s strikes at the prison in Kremlin-controlled Olenivka, in eastern Ukraine.

  • A leading Russian hypersonic expert has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state-controlled Tass news agency reported Friday. Andrei Shiplyuk heads the hypersonic laboratory at the Novosibirsk Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, according to the institute’s website, and has coordinated research in recent years to support the development of hypersonic missile systems, Reuters reports.

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