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Shipments from Ukraine. day 244

As Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of intelligence are vital. Forbes collects information and provides updates on the situation.

By Polina Rasskazova

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Kyiv on Tuesday October 25th for the first time since the Russian invasion on February 24th. .

“My message to Ukrainians is that we are not just on your side. We will continue to support Ukraine economically, politically and militarily,” the President said after his arrival. He took part in a joint press conference in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Russia’s accusation that Ukraine is building a “dirty nuclear bomb” may indicate that the Kremlin authorities are preparing an act of nuclear terrorism according to Energoatom (Ukrainian National Nuclear Energy Generating Company). Last week Russia carried out unauthorized construction works on the territory of the dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel (DSNFSF) at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). They do not allow ZNPP staff or members of the IAEA mission to enter this area.

“174 containers are stored at DSNFSF, each of them contains 24 units of spent nuclear fuel,” announced Energoatom. “The destruction of these containers by detonation will lead to a radiation accident and radiation contamination of several hundred square kilometers of the surrounding area.” which will be stored on the ZNPP premises.

Washington Responds to Russian ‘Dirty Bomb’ Propaganda

“It would certainly be another example of President Putin’s brutality if he were to use a so-called ‘dirty bomb,'” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told Reuters reporters. “There would be consequences for Russia whether it uses a ‘dirty bomb’ or an atomic bomb. We made that very clear.” The US and Western countries have accused the Russian Federation of threatening to use a device with nuclear materials as a pretext to escalate the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine accuses the Russian Federation of delaying inspections of ships transporting grain. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine, as of October 14, 2022, Russian inspectors from the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul have been delaying the inspection of ships calling at ports of Ukraine to load grain. “As a result of the actions of the Russian Federation, more than 165 ships are currently stuck in a queue near the Bosphorus, and their number is increasing every day.” – to demand that Russia “immediately end artificial delays in inspections of grain corridor vessels.”

Russians continue to kidnap Ukrainian children in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. According to Andriy Yermak, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, on October 22, 12 children with disabilities living in an orphanage in the Kherson region were illegally taken to Crimea. Ermak reported that there were 82 children at the facility, 40 of whom are in palliative care. Also, 12 children with disabilities aged 8 to 18 were forcibly transported to Clinical Psychiatric Hospital No. 5, located in the village of Stroganivka, Simferopol District, Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Yermak said that such actions by Russia towards Ukrainians constitute genocide. “What will happen next to the children is currently unknown, but Russia is systematically kidnapping and deporting our people, repeating the worst practices of past crimes against the Ukrainian people.”

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian army continues to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops along the line of contact, carries fortification materials out of the area in certain directions and conducts aerial reconnaissance.

Trying to hold temporarily captured areas, Russian troops focus their efforts on containing the actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas. At the same time, they continue to conduct offensive actions in the Donetsk region. “Today the enemy launched 3 rockets and 11 airstrikes and carried out more than 25 MLRS from rocket salvo systems,” the General Staff reported. Areas of 25 settlements were hit by enemy attacks. “Among them are Nikopol from Dnipropetrovsk region, Bakhmut and Vuhledar from Donetsk region and Nova Kamianka from Kherson region.”

Russians continue to kidnap Ukrainian children in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. According to Andriy Yermak, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, on October 22, 12 children with disabilities living in an orphanage in the Kherson region were illegally taken to Crimea. Ermak reported that there were 82 children at the facility, 40 of whom are in palliative care. Also, 12 children with disabilities aged 8 to 18 were forcibly transported to Clinical Psychiatric Hospital No. 5, located in the village of Stroganivka, Simferopol District, Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Yermak said that such actions by Russia towards Ukrainians constitute genocide. “What will happen next to the children is currently unknown, but Russia is systematically kidnapping and deporting our people, repeating the worst practices of past crimes against the Ukrainian people.”

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