Putin admits sanctions-related economic problems. The head of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant accuses Russia of kidnapping and torturing employees. All voices and developments on the Ukraine war in the ticker.
3:44 a.m .: The deputy leader of the Greens parliamentary group, Agnieszka Brugger, has called for Ukraine to continue to provide help – even after the fighting has ended. “We have to prepare with our partners to support Ukraine in the military and security sector for a very long time,” Brugger told the editorial network Germany (Thursday editions) before a meeting of the so-called Ukraine contact group on Thursday in Ramstein.
“This even applies if the fighting comes to an end, which we are a long way from now,” Brugger emphasized. Because then the danger will of course not be reduced. “That’s why good plans and good coordination are needed now, as well as more German contributions,” Brugger continued.
At the meeting at the US Air Force base in Ramstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, to which US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had invited at the end of August, the ministers and high-ranking military representatives of the approximately 50 member states of the contact group will discuss further support for Ukraine in the war against Russia.
3:15 a.m .: The Ukrainian nuclear company Enerhoatom accuses the Russian troops in the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant of kidnapping and abusing power plant employees. “About 200 people have already been arrested. We don’t know what happened to some of them. There is no indication where they are,” Enerhoatom president Petro Kotin told Funke media group newspapers (Thursday). He also spoke of Ukrainian employees being killed or tortured.
“It’s very difficult for our staff to work there,” Kotin said. The remaining nuclear power plant employees knew that it was important to ensure nuclear safety and fire protection. According to Kotin, about a thousand Ukrainian employees keep the plant running. In peacetime, 11,000 people worked at the plant.
Without going as far as Kotin did in his allegations, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also reported that the situation of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant employees was untenable. There are too few staff, it was said after an inspection trip. The remaining experts are exposed to such high levels of stress that operating errors can occur. They would also not have access to all parts of the facility. According to the report, the Ukrainians have been working under the control of Russian soldiers since March, and representatives of the Rosatom group are also present.
02:35 am: Are Russian troops bringing people from the occupied war zone in Ukraine to Russia against their will? In the UN Security Council, the USA denounces that there have been up to 1.2 million such cases. Russia vehemently denies the allegations.
There has been a heated exchange of blows in the United Nations Security Council over allegations of Russian deportation camps in the Ukrainian war zone. The US government has accused the Russian military of forcing people arrested in the war zone into such camps and then taking them against their will to Russia or Russian-held areas of Ukraine. According to estimates, between 900,000 and 1.6 million people were deported from their hometowns, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Wednesday at a UN Security Council meeting in New York.
An independent confirmation of such figures in the war zone is hardly possible. The Ukrainian UN delegation even claims that up to 2.5 million people have been deported from the south and east of the country, often to distant regions of Siberia or Russia’s far east.
Norway’s UN Ambassador Mona Juul spoke of a “growing body of independent information” pointing to human rights abuses in these camps. The UN Human Rights Office in New York cited credible reports that Ukrainian children were being separated from their parents and being deported to Russia for speedy naturalization and adoption.
“The continuing allegations of violent displacement, deportation and so-called filter camps by Russia and affiliated local forces are extremely worrying,” said UN political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo.
More than seven million people have now fled Ukraine abroad, DiCarlo reported. In addition, the death of 5,718 civilians in the Ukraine war has been confirmed, and many other cases that have not yet been recorded are likely. DiCarlo added, “All wars are tragic, but none are as tragic as the self-imposed.”
Russia has denied the allegations of “filter camps”. “We don’t really understand what is being discussed here,” said Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebensia. The term “filtration” is not clearly defined and facilities in which Ukrainians can express their willingness to emigrate to Russia are normal. After that, they could live freely in Russia and leave the country at any time. According to Nebensya, many people would want to flee from a “Ukrainian regime” that uses its citizens as a human shield.
Thursday, September 8, 2:21 a.m.: The President of the Ukrainian operating company of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has accused the Russian occupiers of kidnapping, torturing and killing Ukrainian employees. “About 200 people have already been detained, some of them we do not know what happened to them, there is no indication where they are,” Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom, told Funke media group newspapers (Thursday editions).
Some employees were killed, he explained, adding: “We know that people have been tortured”.
According to the Energoatom boss, the Russian occupiers are trying to find out which employees are pro-Ukrainian. “It’s very difficult for our staff to work there,” Kotin said. But the employees knew that staying on site was important for nuclear safety and fire protection. “You are doing your duty.”
According to Kotin, there are still about a thousand Ukrainian employees at the site. In times of peace, 11,000 people worked in the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Many would have left the region.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has been occupied by Russian troops since March. It has been under fire for weeks, with Russia and Ukraine blaming each other for the attacks. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned of a “nuclear accident” on Tuesday and demanded the establishment of a safety zone around the nuclear power plant.
Wednesday, September 7, 7:29 p.m.: The federal government will not deliver any of its “dingoes” to Ukraine. These are armored Unimog vehicles of the Bundeswehr, from which fire can be fired. The rejection comes from a secret paper (“VS – only for official use”), which is available to “Bild”. It has been circulating in the Federal Ministry of Defense since last week.
It says literally: “The DINGO type vehicles are used for training and exercise as well as in operations. A possible levy was already examined in an early phase of the Ukraine war, but rejected due to personal needs.”
According to the Bundeswehr, it has over 500 units, and writes in a description: “Probably no other Bundeswehr vehicle has saved as many lives as the Dingo.” A dingo withstands several kilos of explosives and light machine gun fire, and can be armed with heavy weapons.
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