The first UN-chartered humanitarian ship to transport Ukrainian grain left the port of Pivdenny in southern Ukraine on Tuesday. On the ground, the fighting around the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, occupied by the Russians since the beginning of March, is worrying the international community. Here is the thread for August 17.
10:06 p.m.: Arrival in the Bosphorus Strait of the Ukrainian UN aid ship bound for Ethiopia
The first wartime UN food aid delivery to Africa has reached the Bosphorus Strait, part of a deal to restore Ukrainian grain deliveries through the Black Sea.
Maritime traffic tracing sites showed the MV Brave Commander ship carrying its cargo of 23,000 tonnes of wheat off the coast of Istanbul after leaving the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi on the shores of the Black Sea on Tuesday.
The Turkish Coast Guard expects the Lebanese-flagged cargo ship to reach the Sea of Marmara, south of the Bosphorus Strait, in the evening before sailing next week to its final destination, Djibouti. The grain will then be loaded onto trucks to be delivered to Ethiopiaplagued by war and famine, under the aegis of the World Food Program (WFP).
10 p.m.: deadly Russian strike on Kharkiv
At least six people were killed and sixteen injured in a Russian bombardment on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, according to regional governor Oleg Sinegoubov. The mayor of the city, Igor Terekhov, had earlier mentioned three dead and ten wounded. He also said the strike caused a fire in an apartment building.
8:16 p.m .: the burial of the bodies of the Boutcha massacre continues
In Boutcha, near kyiv, our special correspondent attended on Wednesday the burial of around twenty bodies of massacres committed between late February and late March in the region by the Russian army. Most of these bodies remain unidentified. Their DNA was taken to facilitate possible searches by the families of the disappeared.
6:43 p.m .: in Zaporizhia the Ukrainians “must prepare for all scenarios”, according to kyiv
“No one could have foreseen that Russian troops were going to fire on nuclear reactors using tanks. It was unheard of,” accused Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky during a trip to Zaporizhia.
Moscow and kyiv continue to accuse each other of these bombardments which targeted the largest nuclear power plant in Europeunder the control of the Russian army since March.
After watching nuclear accident first aid drills, Denys Monastyrsky said: “we have to prepare for all possible scenarios”, “as long as Russia controls the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, there are big risks”.
4:28 p.m .: NATO calls for an urgent IAEA “inspection” in Zaporizhia
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called it “urgent” for an “inspection” by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take place at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, under Russian control. and around which strikes and clashes multiply.
The plant was taken in early March by Russian troops. “This constitutes a serious security threat, which increases the risk of a nuclear accident or incident (…) There is an urgent need to authorize an IAEA inspection and obtain the withdrawal of all Russian forces ” of the site, specified the head of NATO.
4:10 p.m .: Ukraine threatens to dismantle a bridge that connects Russia to Crimea
“This bridge [le pont de Kertch] is an illegal structure and Ukraine has not given permission for its construction. It damages the ecology of the peninsula and must therefore be dismantled. It doesn’t matter how: voluntarily or not,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podoliak wrote on Telegram.
The Kerch Bridge, 19 kilometers long, was inaugurated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May 2018, after two years of titanic and costly work. Strong in symbolism, it connects Crimea to Russia.
The threat formulated by Mikhaïlo Podoliak does not intervene by chance, but the day after a series of explosions in Crimea, which show the Ukrainian capacity to bombard specific targets located in the peninsula occupied by the Russians since 2014.
3:31 p.m .: Russia claims to have “neutralized” an Islamist cell in Crimea
Russia’s top Crimean official, Sergei Axionov, said the FSB had dismantled a six-person “terrorist cell” in Jankoy and Yalta from the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, banned in Russia. The FSB did not specify whether the detainees were related to the explosions the day before in northern Crimeain the same city of Djankoï.
“The activities of these terrorists were predictably coordinated from the territory of the terrorist state of Ukraine,” he wrote on Telegram. Ukraine did not react to the accusations made against it.
3:23 p.m .: China to send troops to Russia for joint military exercises
Chinese soldiers will travel to Russia to take part in joint military exercises led by Moscow and which will also include soldiers from India, Belarus, Mongolia and Tajikistan among others, announced the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
China’s participation in these exercises is “unrelated to the current international and regional situation”, the ministry said in a statement. Yet Moscow announced three weeks ago the organization of strategic military maneuvers in eastern Russia from August 30 to September 5, exercises that would include military contingents from other countries.
8:30 am: Russia denounces an “act of sabotage” after the explosion in a military base in Crimea
The explosion of an ammunition depot that occurred Tuesday morning at a Russian military base in Crimea, a peninsula annexed by Russia, is due to an “act of sabotage”, the Russian army said in a statement.
The military depot near Jankoy in northern Crimea “was damaged on the morning of August 16 as a result of an act of sabotage”, according to the statement, quoted by Russian news agencies, which n However, I do not designate those responsible.
“A number of civilian infrastructures, including a high voltage line, a power station, a railway line, as well as several houses, were also damaged”, detailed the Russian army.
This incident occurs a week after an explosion of ammunition intended for military aviation in a depot located on the territory of the Saki military airfieldin western Crimea.
7 a.m.: Emmanuel Macron calls for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Zaporizhia power plant
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, stressing the “risks” that their presence poses to the security of the site.
In a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, he expressed “his concern about the threat posed by the presence, the actions of the Russian armed forces and the context of war with the ongoing conflicts over security and the security of Ukrainian nuclear facilities, and called for the withdrawal of these forces,” said the Elysee.
The plant, the largest in Europe, was taken in early March by Russian troops, at the start of their invasion of Ukraine.
6:30 a.m .: meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Antonio Guterres Thursday in Ukraine
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Ukraine on Thursday, where he will meet with the Ukrainian and Turkish presidents to discuss, among other things, the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, his spokesperson announced on Tuesday. word.
“At the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Secretary General will be in Lviv on Thursday to take part in a trilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Ukrainian leader,” said Stéphane Dujarric during a press briefing, specifying that ‘Antonio Guterres would then travel to Odessa and then to Turkey.
The meeting will allow to “examine” the implementation of the international agreement signed in July in Istanbul to allow grain exports from Ukrainean agreement “of which Turkey is a key element”, he added.
6 a.m.: departure for Africa of the first UN ship loaded with cereals
The first UN-chartered humanitarian ship to carry Ukrainian grain left the port of Pivdenny in southern Ukraine on Tuesday with some 23,000 tons for Africa, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said.
“The ship ‘Brave Commander’ with grain for Africa left the port of Pivdenny. This morning the cargo ship left for the port of Djibouti, where the food will be delivered on arrival to consumers in Ethiopia,” said the ministry said on Telegram on Tuesday.
According to him, “23,000 tonnes of wheat are on board this ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme”.
With AFP and Reuters