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Russian forces are reportedly attempting to force citizens out of Kherson and into Russian territory in preparation for Ukraine’s advance to retake the city. Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-installed deputy administrator of the Kherson region warned on Tuesday that "in the very near future, the battle for Kherson will begin." It is believed as many as 60,000 people could be displaced as a result on the conflict over the city as Ukraine urges residents to resist the attempts to relocate. In one of its latest updates the British minsitry of defence said Russian forces in Kherson were coming under “increasing pressure”. If Ukraine recaptures Kherson, which was one of the four regions annexed by Russia on September 30, it will allow Ukrainian troops to advance into Crimea, the territory annexed by Russia in 2014.
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Russian troops face ‘heaviest of battles’ as Ukraine mounts Kherson counter-offensive
Kherson was one of four Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia on September 30 as the Kremlin held sham referendums across the ex-Soviet state.
Russian troops face the “heaviest of battles” as Ukraine mounts its counter-offensive in Kherson, a senior official in Kyiv has claimed.
Vladimir Putin’s soldiers are preparing to defend the largest city under Russian control while Ukraine launches its fight back.
However, Russia has faced a setback in Kherson in recent weeks after troops were driven closer to the banks of the Dnipro River.
Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, pushed back against suggestions Russia was withdrawing and warned Kherson could witness an almighty skirmish.
Radical Democrats withdraw ‘unfortunate’ Ukraine letter to Biden
Radical Democrats have withdrawn a letter in which they urged the White House to back a negotiated settlement to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal claimed the letter was drafted months ago and released without “vetting”.
She said: “The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the White House regarding Ukraine.
“The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting.”
Radical Democrats urge Biden to ‘explore all possible avenues’ with Putin over Ukraine war
Pressure is mounting on the US President to alter his strategy over the conflict in Ukraine as a number of radical Democrats in Congress sent a letter to the White House.
The letter, which was sent on Monday by 30 House Democrats, warned the President that the expenditure being spent on supporting Kyiv needs to be paralleled with further engagement with Russia in an attempt to end the conflict.
Senior Republicans have warned Congress that if the polls are correct and the GOP takes over the House, it will be difficult for Congress to continue its full support of Ukraine.
The House Democrats’ letter said: "As legislators responsible for the expenditure of tens of billions of US taxpayer dollars in military assistance…we believe such involvement in this war also creates a responsibility for the United States to seriously explore all possible avenues, including direct engagement with Russia".
Ukraine warns refugees to stay away due to energy shortage
Russia has been hitting Ukraine with a barrage of cruise-missile and drone attacks aimed at the country’s electrical infrastructure in order to try and freeze out its resilience in the hopes it will eventually submit to Moscow.
Despite the attacks, Ukraine has been successful in shooting down many of the drones and missiles.
The country has also been quick to restore power to many affected areas, though overall capacity is struggling, meaning that rationing is increasingly likely.
Putin is the new Hitler and will suffer same fate, says Zelensky's top aide
Vladimir Putin has been branded a "modern-day Hitler" whose actions will see Russia doomed to the same fate as Nazi Germany.
Oleksiy Danilov, head of Ukraine's National Security Council, issued his chilling assessment of the Kremlin leader in a rare television interview.
Good evening. I’m Jack Walters. I will be bringing you the latest Ukraine developments over the next
Vladimir Putin has been warned the military staff of the Russian Armed Forces have been “professionally humiliated” by the Kremlin, with a “significant power struggle” rumbling from within over the war in Ukraine.
Russia ‘s invasion of Ukraine has entered its ninth month but since then, Putin’s war plan has threatened to completely disintegrate, with tens of thousands of military personnel killed and claims Moscow is quickly running out of weapons.
During recent weeks, Russia has suffered crushing blows after being pushed backwards out of key Ukrainian regions by fierce counter-offensive operations from Ukrainian troops.
What is the Donbas?
The Donbas region of Ukraine refers to the old coal and steel-producing areas in the east.
The regions, Luhansk and Donetsk, run from outside Mariupol in the south all the way to the northern border.
Russia formally recognises these breakaway areas as independent from Ukraine.
Russian forces seized more than a third of the area after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Donbas is predominantly Russian-speaking and Putin has repeatedly spoken about “liberating” it completely.
Despite sharing a language, these areas are no longer pro-Russian.
Defence specialist Konrad Muzyka, head of Rochan Consulting, said: “Mariupol was one of the most pro-Russian cities in Ukraine and to level it is beyond my comprehension.”
Putin warned of ‘Kremlin power struggle’
Vladimir Putin has been warned the military staff of the Russian Armed Forces have been “professionally humiliated” by the Kremlin, with a “significant power stuggle” from within.
Ben Hodges, the former Commanding General US of the US Army Europe, has warned tensions have exploded between the Russian General Staff and the Kremlin.
He told Express.co.uk: “Russia’s General Staff have a lot of well-trained officers, but they have been professionally humiliated after seeing what has been going on and the fact that seemingly, the Kremlin took it out of their hands.
“This has been run from the very top and not through the normal General Staff processes.”
Sunak speaks to President Zelensky
New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has spoken to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Mr Sunak tweeted that Ukraine “can count on the UKs continued solidarity and support”.
He added: “We will always stand with Ukraine.”
US in ‘constant contact’ with Moscow over Brittney Griner
The United States is in “constant contact” with Moscow about Brittney Griner, the U.S. WNBA basketball star being held in Russia, President Joe Biden said, after her appeal against a nine-year sentence for drug smuggling was denied.
“We’re in constant contact with Russian authorities to get Brittany and others out. So far we’ve not been meeting with much positive response but we’re not stopping,” he said.
Biden also warned Moscow against using a nuclear weapon.
“Russia would be making an incredibly serious mistake for it use a tactical nuclear weapon. I’m not guaranteeing you that it’s a false flag operation yet, we don’t know. But it would be a serious mistake,” Biden said.
IN PICTURES: Citizens flee Kherson by boat
As we have been reporting, Russian forces are reportedly attempting to force citizens out of Kherson and into Russian territory in preparation for Ukraine’s advance to retake the city.
Citizens have been pictured arriving in the neighbouring town of Oleshky after crossing the Dnipro river on a passenger boat
People arrive in the neighbouring town of Oleshky after crossing the Dnipro river (Image: Getty)
Russia is reportedly forcing people out of Kherson (Image: Getty)
U.S. Congress progressives withdraw letter urging negotiations to end Ukraine war
The U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus withdrew a letter to the White House urging a negotiated settlement to the war in Ukraine, Chair Pramila Jayapal said.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the White House regarding Ukraine,” Jayapal said in a statement.
She added: “The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting.”
Inside Russia’s horrific prison camps for Ukraine’s soldiers
Ukrainian soldiers have shed light on the awful treatment they endured while they were held captive in Russia.
Lt Illia Samoilenko was able to tell his story, he was one of the many fighters trying to defend the city of Mariupol, located in southern Ukraine. Lt Samoilenko and his colleagues refused to surrender until their superiors eventually ordered them to stand down.
Speaking to the BBC in October, he said that “people who are captured are tortured by the Russians”. While Moscow has denied torturing prisoners of war, many Ukrainians have similar accounts to the one made by Lt Samoilenko.
He added: “I wasn’t physically tortured, so it was far from the things people suffered in other places. They didn’t care about the Geneva [Conventions]. They don’t care about the lives of people.
Russia raises concerns over dirty bomb at UN meeting
Russia has taken its accusations that Ukraine was preparing to use a dirty bomb to the United Nations.
Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy raised Russia’s concerns during a closed-foor meeting of the 15-member body.
“I don’t mind people saying that Russia is crying wolf if this doesn’t happen because this is a terrible, terrible disaster that threatens potentially the whole of the Earth,” he said.
Russia has alleged that Kyiv has ordered two organisations to create a dirty bomb, without giving any evidence.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has responded by accusing Russia of planning such an attack itself to blame on Ukraine.
The latest Russian losses
Ukrainian forces announce the latest Russian military losses
The Ukrainian Defence forces have announced the latest Russian military losses.
Estimates of military losses vary between sources.
Ukrainian authorities say the calculation is complicated by high-intensity hostilities.
Personnel : 68,420
Armoured vehicles: 5,321
Artillery systems: 1,674
Rocket systems: 377
Air defence systems: 190
Ships/Mortar boats: 16
Cruise missiles: 350
Unmanned aircraft: 1,372
Special equipment: 149
Who is Vladimir Putin?
Vladimir Putin has been the President of Russia since 2012.
He previously held this position from 2000-2008 and was Russia’s Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012.
Before his career in politics, he was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years.
Who is Vladimir Putin? (Image: Express)
James Cleverly speaks with Ukrainian counterpart following re-appointment
Following a phone call with reappointed Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba asserted that the UK’s support of his country following Russia’s invasion “will remain unwavering”.
“I had a call with my UK counterpart (James Cleverly) who has just been re-appointed to the new government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak,” Mr Kuleba tweeted.
“Governments may change, but the support of our UK friends will remain unwavering for as long as it is needed for Ukraine to win.”
I had a call with my UK counterpart @JamesCleverly who has just been re-appointed to the new government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Governments may change, but the support of our UK friends will remain unwavering for as long as it is needed for Ukraine to win \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7 pic.twitter.com/x5g7ME4rqX
\u2014 Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) October 25, 2022
Russia forcing Kherson residents into own territory from Kherson
Russian forces are reportedly attempting to force citizens out of Kherson and into Russian territory in preparation for Ukraine’s advance to retake the city.
Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-installed deputy administrator of the Kherson region warned on Tuesday that "in the very near future, the battle for Kherson will begin."
It is believed as many as 60,000 people could be displaced as a result on the conflict over the city as Ukraine urges residents to resist the attempts to relocate.
In one of its latest updates the British minsitry of defence said Russian forces in Kherson were coming under “increasing pressure”.
If Ukraine recaptures Kherson, which was one of the four regions annexed by Russia on September 30, it will allow Ukrainian troops to advance into Crimea, the territory annexed by Russia in 2014.
Desperate Putin eyes ‘wet earth’ tactics in twisted plot to flood major Ukrainian city
Vladimir Putin is eyeing "wet earth" tactics after being backed into a corner in the southern Ukrainian region, Kherson.
Russian-installed officials have urged civilians to flee, citing the hostilities of war and a possible attack on the Nova Kakhovka Hydroelectric dam by Ukrainian troops.
The destruction of the dam would result in a huge flood as the Dnipro river widens, restricting Ukraine’s ability to push forward and buying time for Russia’s newly called-up troops to be integrated into the military.
Lukashenko ‘should share prison cell with Putin’, says Belarusian MP
A Belaruian politician said President Alexander Lukachenk should “share a prison cell with Putin”.
Franak Viacorka, said he “won’t stop saying that Lukshenko threatens international peace and security”.
He added: “He made the assault on northern Ukraine (Kyiv, Irpin & Bucha included) possible.
“He surrendered Belarusian territory to Russia against the will of the people.
“He should share a prison cell with Putin.”
We won’t stop saying that Lukashenka threatens international peace & security. He made the assault on northern \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (Kyiv, Irpin & Bucha included) possible. He surrendered Belarusian territory to \ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\uddfa against the will of the people. He should share a prison cell with Putin. pic.twitter.com/9ezjDVc1GZ
\u2014 Franak Via\u010dorka (@franakviacorka) October 25, 2022
What are dirty bombs?
A dirty bomb is a mixture of explosives, such as dynamite, and radioactive powder or pellets. When the explosives are ignited, the blast carries radioactive material into the surrounding area.
However, it is not the aame as an atomic bomb.
The chief danger is from the explosion, which can cause serious injuries and property damage, just as a normal explosion can.
The radioactive materials themselves are unlikely to create sufficient radiation exposure to cause immediate serious illness, apart from those people very close to the blast site.
Putin says Russia needs to speed-up decision making
Vladimir Putin said Russia needed to speed up decision-making in relation to the military campaign in Ukraine.
Speaking at the first meeting of a new coordination council to manage the government’s work on the home front, Putin said increased coordination of government structures and regions was necessary.
Vladimir Putin (Image: Getty)
Secret group of Russian engineers involved in missile strikes in Ukraine this month
Computer gamers as young as 24 form the secretive group of Russian military engineers whose purportedly high-precision missiles have destroyed playgrounds and killed dozens of Ukrainian civilians in a single strike, a Bellingcat investigation has revealed.
Phone data suggested avid coin collector Col. Igor Bagnyuk is commander of the missile flight-planning team and was trading coins online an hour before a salvo of missiles killed dozens in Kyiv.
He is reportedly currently offering a medal Vladimir Putin awarded him for “contribution to the organisation of the Sochi Olympics" for sale on Russia-equivalent of eBay.
The clandestine group of engineers appeared to consist of three teams of approximately ten engineers each, with each team dedicated to one specific high-precision missile type and have operated in the Syrian war.
They operate from the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Moscow and another at the Admiralty headquarters in St. Petersburg, buried deep within the Russian Armed Forces' vast "Main Computation Centre of the General Staff", often abbreviated as ГВЦ (GVC).
Scourge of the Russian intelligence services, Christo Grozev, has spent the last several months piecing together the team responsible for programming Russian cruise missiles launched at targets in Ukraine, frequently hitting civilian infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/gKpSZbFczu
\u2014 Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) October 24, 2022
German President joins civilians in a bomb shelter
The President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has joined civilians in a bomb shelter in the Chernihiv region, north Ukraine.
Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik noted: “For guests of Ukraine, air raid sirens are sometimes unusual, but for us, unfortunately, they're everyday life.”
Control of terrain MAPPED
Below is a map detailing the latest developments for Russian and Ukrainian forces in terms of terrain, courtesy of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Russian court rejects US basketball player’s appeal
A Russian court has rejected an appeal by US basketball star Brittney Griner against her nine-year prison sentence for possession and smuggling of drugs.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist was arrested on February 17 at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is banned in Russia.
She was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony in August.
Russian court rejects US basketball player’s appeal (Image: GETTY)
US basketball star Brittney Griner appears at appeal hearing
A Russian court is hearing an appeal by US basketball star Brittney Griner on her nine-year jail sentence for possession and smuggling of drugs.
Three judges are presiding over the appeals court in Krasnogorsk near Moscow, today while Griner is taking part via video link from a detention centre in the town of Novoye Grishino, just outside Moscow.
Her lawyers have previously said they expect a decision on Ms Griner’s appeal to be issued later today.
Ms Griner was arrested on February 17 at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is banned in Russia.
US basketball star Brittney Griner (Image: GETTY)
Arrested ‘Russian spy’ posed as Brazilian scientist in Norway
Norwegian police have arrested a suspected Russian spy in the Arctic town of Tromsoe.
The man, who worked as a scientist at the University of Tromsoe, had posed as a Brazilian citizen but police believe his real identity to be Russian.
The man represents a “threat to fundamental national interests” and should be expelled from Norway, deputy police chief Hedvig Moe told public broadcaster NRK.
Ukrainian President congratulates Sunak
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has congratulated Rishi Sunak for becoming Prime Minister.
He tweeted: “Congratulations to Rishi Sunak on taking office as Prime Minister!
“I wish you to successfully overcome all the challenges facing British society and the whole world today.
“I'm ready to continue strengthening the strategic partnership together!”
Congratulations to @RishiSunak on taking office as \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7 Prime Minister! I wish you to successfully overcome all the challenges facing British society and the whole world today. I\u2019m ready to continue strengthening the \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6-\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7 strategic partnership together!
\u2014 \u0412\u043e\u043b\u043e\u0434\u0438\u043c\u0438\u0440 \u0417\u0435\u043b\u0435\u043d\u0441\u044c\u043a\u0438\u0439 (@ZelenskyyUa) October 25, 2022
Putin's warlord Kadyrov ‘gifted Ukrainian slaves' by his own teenage son
In the latest instance of war crimes being committed and even celebrated by Russia, one of Vladimir Putin's chief henchmen is seen in a new video allegedly accepting a gift of three Ukrainian POWs as slaves.
Leader of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov had previously proudly boasted how his young sons, one of whom is as young as 14, have fought on the frontlines of Ukraine.
The shocking clip, shared by London-based risk analyst Alex Kokcharov, captures the moment the leader accepted the captives in what he described “modern slavery”.
Russian forces kill two after shelling civilian car
Russian forces have killed two people and injured a child after firing on civilians in a car in Oleshky, Kherson region.
Regional Mayor Yevhen Ryshchuk said: “Yesterday, in the Oleshky territorial community, soulless people shot a car with residents of Oleshky (they did not stop at the demand of the occupiers).
“Shrapnel wounds. Two dead: one died on the spot, whereas another died in surgery. A five-year-old girl with a finger amputation is alive.”
German chancellor calls for ‘new Marshall plan’ for Ukraine
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for a new “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Ukraine.
Speaking at a Berlin conference on Ukraine’s reconstruction today, Mr Scholz said Russia’s sustained drone attacks represented a new low point in its war against Ukraine but were also a sign of Moscow’s desperation.
He went on to say Germany’s own history showed that it was possible to rebuild even after a devastating war, and so it was important to plan for Ukraine’s future as a prosperous and democratic EU member.
He said: “This conference is about creating a Marshall Plan for the 21st century.
“The commitment to Ukraine as an EU member is one of the most consequential geopolitical decisions of our time.”
US pledges ‘concrete and enduring’ support for Ukraine amid Putin’s ‘nuclear blackmail’
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has once again been in contact with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba as Washington reassures Kyiv it will offer the ex-Soviet state “enduring” support.
Mr Blinken tweeted: "Connected with Dmytro Kuleba again today.
“It is important to once again emphasize that US support for Ukraine is concrete, comprehensive, and enduring."
Meanwhile, Mr Kuleba tweeted: "Detailed and candid discussion with Secretary Blinken on ways to end Russia's nuclear blackmail.
"Grateful for affirming the unfaltering US support whatever circumstances are.
"Euro-Atlantic solidarity with Ukraine is essential. We also focused on deliveries of air defence and ammo."
NATO exercises ‘increasing nuclear threat from Putin’
Dr Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, has been outlining her views on the recent strategy of western countries around the war in Ukraine.
She argues NATO’s actions have served to worsen the risk of nuclear war and says the West should change its approach to prevent it fuelling an escalation.
Writing in Al Jazeera, she said: “Last week, NATO began a round of nuclear exercises simulating the dropping of ‘tactical’ B61 nuclear bombs over Europe.
“Although these drills are presented as routine, they are occurring alongside parallel Russian exercises. It’s hard to imagine worse timing.
“Surely with concerns about armageddon expressed at the very highest levels of power, these exercises should have been called off as a message that the West won’t contribute to escalating nuclear tensions?
“Instead, our leaders are systematically failing to reduce the risk.”
Ukraine has not received ‘a single cent’ towards $17bn recovery plan
Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine has not received “a single cent” towards its £15bn emergency recovery plan backed the European Commission and World Bank.
The European Commission and the World Bank estimated the costs of the reconstruction and recovery in Ukraine amounted to £309 billion as of last month.
Addressing a Berlin conference on his country’s reconstruction via video link, he revealed Russian rockets and Iran-made drones had now destroyed more than a third of his country’s energy facilities.
He said: “Russia destroys everything to make it harder for us to survive this winter, so that Ukraine cannot recover from this war for as long as possible, so that we cannot integrate the Ukrainian economic potential and the European economic potential for as long as possible.
“Let the aggressor see that his goal is unattainable.
“The EU will be able to fully and reliably replace dirty Russian energy sources with our help.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaking via videolink (Image: SKY NEWS)
Car explosion near Russia’s FSB headquarters in Melitopol
Five people have been injured after a car exploded in the Russian-occupied region of Melitopol, southeastern Ukraine.
The explosion took place near the headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and premises where Russian television is broadcast, according to Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov.
Footage of the explosion’s aftermath shows rubble strewn across the ground and a damaged building.
US warns of consequences if Russia deploys ‘dirty bomb’
The US warned of severe consequences if Russia used a nuclear weapon in Ukraine as Moscow prepares to take its claim to the UN that Kyiv is planning a ‘dirty bomb’ attack.
Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia repeated claims made on Sunday by General Sergei Shoigu that Ukraine was planning an attack involving a “dirty bomb”.
The claims have been widely dismissed as disinformation, with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warning against “a pretext for greater escalation”.
On Monday the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said: “We’ve been very clear with the Russians … about the severe consequences that would result from nuclear use.”
“There would be consequences for Russia whether it uses a dirty bomb or a nuclear bomb.”
In a letter to UN chief Antonio Guterres, Mr Nebenzia said Russia will regard any use of a ‘dirty bomb’ by Kyiv as “an act of nuclear terrorism.”
German President Steinmeier makes surprise visit to Kyiv
German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has arrived in Kyiv for the first time since Russia launched its full-scale invasion on February 24.
He is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky after arriving to the capital by train this morning.
Last week, Mr Steinmeier postponed a planned trip to Ukraine at short notice, due to security reasons.
The long-awaited visit comes after tension between him and Ukrainian authorities.
In the spring, Mr Steinmeier's trip to Kyiv was canceled due to the reluctance of the Ukrainian side to accept the president because he was seen to have a soft touch with Russia.
And at the same time, my message to all Germans at home is: Let’s never forget what this war means for the people here! Despite all the hardships that the war also brings for us in Germany – let’s look through the eyes of the Ukrainians for a moment, 2/4
\u2014 Cerstin Gammelin (@BPrSprecherin) October 25, 2022
Putin loses 23 Ka-52s helicopter on ‘high-risk’ missions
Russia has lost at least 23 Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopters in Ukraine as commanders conduct more high-risk missions, an intelligence briefing from the British Ministry of Defence has reported.
The briefing stated: “There have been at least 23 verified losses of Russia's Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopter in Ukraine since the invasion.
“This represents over 25 percent of the Russian Air Force's in-service fleet of 90 Ka-52s, and nearly half of Russia's total helicopter losses in Ukraine.
“Russian attack helicopters have likely suffered particular attrition from Ukrainian man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), while the helicopters frequently operate with less consistent top-cover from combat jets than they would expect under Russian military doctrine.
“Russia is still failing to maintain adequate air superiority in order to reliably carry out effective fixed wing close air support near the front line, and its artillery ammunition is running low.
“Russian commanders are likely increasingly resorting to conducting high-risk attack helicopter missions as one of the few options available to provide close support for troops in combat.”
Nuclear inspectors to visit two facilities in Ukraine
Two nuclear facilities in Ukraine will be inspected by experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear watchdog said.
It is being done at Ukraine’s request to disprove Russian claims that Kyiv is preparing to use a “dirty bomb” laced with radioactive material.
Russia has doubled down on its claims and is planning to raise them with the UN Security Council later today.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said: "The IAEA inspected one of these locations one month ago and all our findings were consistent with Ukraine's safeguards declarations.
“No undeclared nuclear activities or material were found there.”
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