UN nuclear inspection team ‘on its way’ to Zaporizhzhia plant; Ukrainian forces begin counter-offensive to retake Kherson – CNBC

August 29, 2022 by No Comments

Zelenskyy calls on French businessmen to help Ukraine rebuild

Rescue teams dig through the rubble of buildings destroyed in overnight attacks in a search for survivors, in the city of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, on July 25, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskky asked French businesses to consider bidding on contracts to help build Ukraine’s infrastructure.

“Ukraine can give you thousands of contracts, thousands of jobs. We need your experience and your participation in post-war reconstruction,” Zelenskyy said in a speech.

“We invite construction companies to take part in infrastructure reconstruction, localization of production of construction materials. We invite companies that can help in the modernization of communal infrastructure – water supply, water purification, waste sorting and processing. We invite energy companies to produce and store gas, build green energy, produce hydrogen and develop our nuclear energy industry,” Zelenskyy added.

He also said that French automotive companies should compete for contracts to localize the production of car parts.

— Amanda Macias

Putin using Zaporizhzhia to hold Ukraine’s energy supply hostage, White House says

A Russian serviceman patrols the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Energodar on May 1, 2022. The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, seized by Russian forces in March, is in southeastern Ukraine and is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world.

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The Biden administration welcomed news that the International Atomic Energy Agency would soon inspect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

The White House also contended that Russia is using its control of the facility to compromise Ukraine’s energy supply.

“This would require knowing exactly what he has in mind and that’s difficult for us to ascertain on any day, particularly on any issue with respect to Ukraine,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on a conference call when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions.

“What we can piece together, based on their activities and their actions, is that at the very least we ascertain that by holding that plant, he can hold Ukraine hostage with respect to their own electrical power capability,” Kirby said.

“The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant basically controls all the electrical power for much of southern Ukraine and even beyond, so he can hold that power hostage. He … could actually potentially use some of that power inside Russia if he wanted to,” Kirby added.

— Amanda Macias

Russia is not using Iranian drones on the battlefield in Ukraine, White House says

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 19, 2022. Putin likely wanted to show that Moscow is still important in the Middle East by visiting Iran, said John Drennan of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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The White House said that it has not yet seen Russia use Iranian drones on the battlefield in Ukraine.

“We’re watching this very closely,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on a conference call.

“We haven’t seen any indication that there’s any lack of effort or desire by the Russians to procure Iranian drones for the purpose of using them in Ukraine,” he said, referencing U.S. declassified intelligence that Moscow was in talks with Tehran to buy drones.

Iran is one of Russia’s closest allies.</…….

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/29/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html


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