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German official says it’s time to start rebuilding Ukraine

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze said she believes it is important to start rebuilding Ukraine now.

“There is probably a lot to do in parallel and also hope that one or the other can be destroyed again,” Schulze said on ARD Mediathek’s morning program. “But it is important that the children continue to have schools, that the local hospital works, that there is electricity and water.

Germany is already helping with reconstruction, she added. About 200 million euros of the 426 million euros Germany sent to Ukraine for reconstruction efforts went to people in Ukraine, Schulze said.

According to a report released early last month by the World Bank, the Ukrainian government and the European Commission, rebuilding Ukraine after the war could cost up to $350 billion.

– Rocio Fabbro

The Kremlin says France and Germany have shown no willingness to mediate over Ukraine

Moscow says France and Germany have shown “no desire” to mediate the Ukraine conflict, and praises Turkey’s willingness to mediate in the talks.

“[Turkish capital] Ankara takes a different position than Paris and Berlin… and has stated that it is ready to continue mediation efforts,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He added that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have so far shown “no desire to listen to Russia’s position or participate in mediation efforts.”

Macron said on Sunday that the terms of peace should be dictated by Ukraine.

– Natasha Turak

Ukraine’s foreign minister asks UN nuclear program to inspect its facilities to refute Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ allegations

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has asked International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi to send a team of experts to Ukraine to inspect its nuclear facilities to refute Russia’s claims that it has a “dirty bomb” it plans to use on its territory.

Grossi, head of the IAEA, which is the UN’s nuclear weapons watchdog, “agreed” to Kuleba’s request to “urgently send experts to peaceful sites in Ukraine,” the minister wrote on Twitter.

“Unlike Russia, Ukraine has always been and remains transparent. We have nothing to hide,” A. Kuleba added. In a separate tweet, he said he spoke with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who “welcomed Ukraine’s decision to invite IAEA experts.”

– Natasha Turak

The UK Ministry of Defense says Ukraine is increasingly successful in shooting down Iranian drones

Russia has used Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones over many parts of Ukraine to target critical infrastructure and civilian areas, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its latest intelligence update, but added that Ukrainian forces are increasingly using anti-drone technology. more effective.

“Russia continues to use Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against targets throughout Ukraine. Ukraine’s efforts to defeat the Shahed-136 UAV are increasingly successful,” the ministry’s Twitter post said.

Ukrainian President Zelensky and other officials claim up to 85% of attacks are intercepted, the ministry wrote, adding: “These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes, making individual aircraft easy to target with conventional air defenses.”

The drones are likely to be used as a replacement for Russia’s long-range precision-guided missiles, which it says it is “doing fewer and fewer of”.

– Natasha Turak

Zelensky calls Kremlin ‘dirty bomb’ claim, says only Russia will use nuclear weapons in Europe

“The morning is difficult. We are dealing with terrorists. Dozens of missiles, Iranian “shahids,” Zelensky wrote on his official Telegram account, referring to Iranian-made Shahid drones that are increasingly being used by Russian forces.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Russia is the only actor deploying nuclear weapons in Europe and has said it has destroyed Ukrainian infrastructure over the past eight months.

His comments came in response to the Kremlin’s claim, without evidence, that Ukraine was preparing to use a “dirty bomb” on its territory that uses nuclear fission to contaminate a large area with radioactivity without using an explosion.

Zelensky said Russia used “nuclear blackmail” at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which Russia has occupied since March, as well as using phosphorus munitions and other banned weapons against civilian infrastructure.

He added that such a statement only means that Russia is preparing to deploy the weapon it has accused Ukraine of using.

In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated Russia’s position that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb” on its territory to escalate the conflict with Russia.

“Their distrust of the information provided by the Russian side does not mean that the threat of using such a dirty bomb does not exist,” Peskov told the press.

“Such a threat exists, and the Minister of Defense conveyed information about it to his interlocutors. It’s up to them to believe it or not.

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– Natasha Turak

“Ukraine has neither the ability nor the need to use a dirty bomb,” says former British ambassador

Ukraine “has neither the ability nor the need to use a dirty bomb,” Nigel Gould-Davies, senior fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote on Twitter.

“[Russian Defense Minister] Soigu’s talks with the US, UK, France and Turkey say that Ukraine is planning to use a “dirty bomb” is worrying. We have not seen anything like this intense military diplomacy since the beginning of the war. Its substance is even more disturbing,” wrote Gould-Davies, who previously served as the UK’s ambassador to Belarus.

“Of course, Ukraine has neither the ability nor the need to use a dirty bomb. Russia loses. Also, no one will believe Shoigu. [UK Defense Minister] Ben Wallace, who was lied to during a pre-invasion visit to Moscow.

“Shoigu also warned of ‘uncontrolled escalation’. It is Russia that is escalating… So it’s hard to see these calls as anything other than Shoigu doubling down on Putin’s bluffs or preparing for Russia’s nuclear use. Yes, nuclear (ie fission),” he added Gould-Davies, “Dirty bomb breaks nuclear taboo but fails to achieve significant impact.”

– Natasha Turak

US rejects Russian claims Ukraine will use ‘dirty bomb’

US and Ukrainian officials have dismissed Moscow’s claims that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb” as “blatantly false”.

This accusation was made by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during high-level talks with Western defense directors. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Shoigu expressed “concern over possible provocations by Ukraine using a ‘dirty bomb’.”

Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov in 2022. February 27 Participates in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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A “dirty bomb” is designed to contaminate a large area with radioactivity, making it harmful or uninhabitable to its inhabitants without the use of a nuclear explosion.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba that “the United States rejects Russian Defense Minister Shoygu’s patently false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its territory and that the world will see any Russian attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation,” according to the White House. in the House report.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also criticized Russia’s accusation.

“If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means only one thing: Russia has already prepared all this,” M. Zelensky said in his night address.

– Natasha Turak

France’s Macron says the terms of peace with Russia must be decided by Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference on the last day of the NATO Heads of State meeting in Madrid in 2022. June 30

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French President Emmanuel Macron said that the terms of peace with Moscow must be decided by Ukraine, stressing that the end of the war “cannot be the consecration of the law of the strongest”.

“To remain neutral would be to accept the order of the world’s most powerful, and I don’t agree with that,” Macron said from Rome on Sunday at the start of the three-day Cry for Peace conference.

Macron added that the international community will be receptive when the Ukrainian government decides on that time.

Ukrainian forces are slowly retaking territory occupied and illegally annexed by Russia, and while Moscow appears increasingly on the back foot, its ability to destroy Ukrainian cities and vital infrastructure remains intact, and analysts fear it could take more extreme retaliatory measures. such as nuclear weapons.

– Natasha Turak

More than 1 million Ukrainian homes are without electricity

Smoke rises above buildings after a Russian missile attack on key infrastructure in Lviv in 2022. October 10 Russia launched 15 missiles in the Lviv region, some of which were shot down by air defense forces, while the rest hit energy infrastructure facilities. The rocket attack left Lviv without electricity, water and mobile communications.

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More than 1 million homes in the country have been destroyed by Russian strikes on critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidency Kiryly Tymoshenko said over the weekend. Russian attacks have left cities and towns across Ukraine without power this month, raising fears of what could lie in store for the coming winter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged his citizens to be careful in the use of power.

“We should use electricity very consciously. Don’t forget to limit the use of unnecessary and energy-consuming devices… It is necessary to use energy sparingly in public space,” he said in a Sunday night address.

– Natasha Turak

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