Gazprom closes the Nord Stream gas pipeline until 3 September, but European storage is 80%. Iran proposes itself as a mediator. Moscow sends a letter to the UN to prove Kiev's attacks on ZaporizhzhiaZelensky's wrath in the night: 'The Russians will have no secure base' Photo Video
Gazprom confirms the closure of Nord Stream from today to September 3. But the EU says that stocks have reached 80%. Italy is ready to train Ukrainians in the use of weapons and Iran is proposing itself as a mediator in the conflict. The IAEA experts have arrived in Kiev and the pro-Russians of Zaporizhzhia are ready to meet them. But Moscow sends a letter to the UN with alleged evidence of Ukrainian attacks on the nuclear power plant. Zelensky to the Russians: 'Run away or surrender, there is no other choice.' - Photo | video
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WAR FRONT - The heart of the war continues to be the Kherson area these days, the center of bloody battles. The entire occupied province was hit by a power and electricity blackout after the Ukrainian counter-offensive. In the evening, the pro-Russian authorities that control the area reported having suffered eight bombings in the town of Nova Kakhovka. Moscow instead attacked Kharkiv first with bombs, which resulted in five deaths and a dozen wounded, and then with artillery in the Kyivsky district, Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported on Telegram: a building caught fire. For the 007 Ukrainians, the Kremlin would be ready to hire 'other mercenaries' because 'the secret mobilization in the central and south-eastern regions of Russia has failed'. Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, writes on Twitter that Kiev is preparing evacuation routes for those who want to escape from Crimea, annexed to Russia since 2014: “It is clear that the lives of citizens are a top priority for Ukraine. That is why we are already developing evacuation routes for residents of occupied Crimea who want to leave the peninsula during active unemployment. For now, we ask everyone to stay as far away as possible from military structures and to check shelters ”. And in the night Zelensky's rage explodes, in the usual video message to the nation: 'In all the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, from Crimea to the Kharkiv region, the Russian army does not have and will not have a single secure base, a single place calm. Our defenders will destroy all the occupants' warehouses and headquarters, their equipment, no matter where they are. This is Ukrainian land and the occupiers can only do two things: run away or surrender. We do not leave them other options ”.
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LETTER TO THE UN ON THE CENTRAL UNIT - Zelensky himself met with the group of experts of the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by the director general Rafael Grossi and ready to inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which was the subject of dangerous bombings. The delegation of 14 technicians is now expected by the pro-Russians, who have announced that they are ready for the meeting. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, on his arrival at the informal foreign council in Prague, says: “I believe that the situation in Zaporizhzhia should not be underestimated: we have never been so close to a nuclear disaster. I can only say that having regret about the situation may not be enough. I think we have to go back to the same conversation we had almost half a year ago, namely that a peacekeeping force, including military ones, is needed to secure the nuclear plant area. ' But the situation is bound to worsen further. The permanent representation of Russia at the UN writes on Twitter: 'We circulated a letter among the members of the UN Security Council with information on the bombing by Ukrainian forces on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant last August 28. A drone attacked the roof of special block b.1 where the nuclear fuel storage facility is located and the radioactive waste is stored '.
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IRAN AS MEDIATOR - The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, is certain: “All EU member states are in agreement on the start of the work necessary to define the parameters for the EU training mission of Ukrainian soldiers. I am not saying that it has been decided, also because in an informal Council no decisions are made, but the way has been set for the preparatory work, which includes contacts with the Ukrainian side and the definition of the legal and operational parameters that can lead to a decision'. And the Italian defense minister Lorenzo Guerini immediately echoes him during the informal meeting of the EU defense ministers: 'We are taking steps to guarantee targeted training activities for Ukrainian personnel to make the use of weapons safer'. In a context of increasingly tense international relations, Iran, after Turkey, proposes itself as a mediator of the crisis and for this reason the foreign minister of Tehran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has left for Moscow, where he will meet his counterpart Sergej Lavrov .
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GAZPROM CLOSES, BUT ... - Gazprom, as announced for some time, has confirmed the closure of the Nord Stream gas pipeline from today to September 3. A disturbing decision given that the price of gas has reached insane prices. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, speaking at the Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit in Copenhagen, says however optimistic: “We have reached an average in the European Union of 80% of storage capacity, so basically we have already reached the amount that we have agreed for this year '. And on bills: 'Energy prices are breaking record after record. The consequences for households and businesses are not sustainable. We need to tackle this problem together and urgently ”.