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Kyiv reports foiling of Russian attack on defense minister

2022-08-09T04:44:10.679Z

Russian spies are said to have tried to kill Defense Minister Reznikov, and Kyiv reports that the "murderers" have been arrested. And: The Ukrainian President Zelenskyj calls for a travel ban for all Russians. The overview.



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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov (centre) during a meeting with the Russian delegation in Belarus in March

Photo: Maxim Guchek / dpa

This article is constantly updated.

EU gas contingency plan is in place

5.41 a.m .:

The European gas emergency plan to prepare for a possible stop in Russian natural gas supplies came into force today.

The plan calls for all EU countries to voluntarily reduce their gas consumption by 15 percent from early August to March next year, compared to the average consumption over the past five years.

Against the background of the war in Ukraine, Russia has already drastically reduced its supplies to the EU.

According to figures from the EU Commission, a total of 45 billion cubic meters of gas must be saved.

Germany would have to use about 10 billion cubic meters less gas to reach the 15 percent target.

If not enough is saved and there are far-reaching supply bottlenecks, the next step can be to trigger an EU-wide alarm with binding savings targets.

The emergency plan is initially valid for one year.

The United States put together another huge arms package for Ukraine

5.15 a.m .:

The US government is continuing to support Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia, with billions in aid and is announcing the largest arms package to date from US stocks to the country.

The $1 billion package includes additional ammunition, weapons and equipment to meet critical security needs in Ukraine's defense, US President Joe Biden said on Monday.

The US is arming Ukraine on a large scale to support the country against Russia.

In addition, there is a further 4.5 billion US dollars (around 4.4 billion euros) for the state budget.

According to the Pentagon, the armaments package includes additional ammunition for the Himars and Nasams rocket launcher systems and 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles.

In addition, there are 50 armored medical treatment vehicles and medical material, including first aid kits, bandages and monitors.

The equipment is to be given directly to Ukraine exclusively from the stocks of the Ministry of Defense.

In the past, the US government had also announced armaments aid in the form of an agreement with industry.

Death penalty demanded in trial of Azovstal defenders

4:33 a.m.:

A group of captured Ukrainian defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol face the death penalty in a court in the Russian-controlled separatist region of Donetsk.

In the criminal trial, the public prosecutor's office demanded the maximum sentence on Monday, as reported by the official news agency of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic.

A verdict is due on Wednesday.

The defendants, whose exact number was not given, are charged with the killing of more than 100 people.

The Ukrainians belonged to a group of neo-Nazis who would have served as a separate unit for raids and sabotage in the nationalist Azov regiment.

In the Ukrainian public the group is called "Bears", in the Russian press there is talk of "Bears SS".

US court approves seizure of Airbus jet from oligarchs

3.12 a.m .:

A US court has approved the seizure of a $ 90 million Airbus jet from oligarch Andrei Skotsch.

This is announced by federal prosecutors in New York.

Skoch, who is also a member of the Russian parliament, has been sanctioned by the US government.

The plane is currently parked in Kazakhstan.

A statement from the Kazakh embassy was not immediately available.

The Federal Office sees no evidence of released radioactivity in Zaporizhia

1.01 a.m .:

After the bombardment of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) has so far no evidence of released radioactivity.

"There is no evidence that radioactive substances could have been released in Ukraine," the office told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

All available radiological readings were therefore "in the normal range".

"The BfS sees no acute danger of a release of radioactive substances, but shares the concern for the long-term safe operation of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant."

Zaporizhia is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

The facility, occupied by Russian units, has been fired upon several times in the past few days.

Kyiv and Moscow blame each other.

Kiev warns against

attacks on nuclear power plants

0.47 a.m .:

After the attacks on the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj warned of a nuclear catastrophe and drew comparisons to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

"The world should not forget Chernobyl and remember that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe," said the Ukrainian leader.

“The Chernobyl disaster was a reactor explosion.

Zaporizhia has six reactors."

The Zaporizhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine has come under fire twice in the past few days.

Parts of the plant were damaged and a reactor had to be shut down.

Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the attacks.

Selenskyj calls for an international travel ban for Russians

12:05 a.m .:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj calls for an international travel ban for all Russians to prevent Moscow from annexing occupied territories.

"The most important sanctions are to close the borders, because the Russians are taking their land away from others," he told the US newspaper "Washington Post" in an interview on Monday.

Russians should "live in their own world until they change their philosophy."

A referendum on joining the Russian Federation was announced on Monday in the Russian-occupied part of the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia.

Similar plans exist for the occupied territory of Kherson.

Zelenskyj's statements are also met with a growing discussion in the EU to make it more difficult or to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians.

Even if travel is made more difficult by the cut flight and rail connections, many Russians traveled to the EU in the summer despite the war.

Russia's neighbor Latvia in the Baltic States has already tightened visa regulations.

Finland is considering this, but demands a solution for the whole Schengen area.

Kyiv reports foiling of Russian attack on defense minister

12:03 a.m .:

The Ukrainian secret service says it has foiled an attack by Russian spies on Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov and the head of military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov.

"Murderers from the Russian special services who were planning attacks were arrested," the Ukrainian domestic secret service SBU said on the online service Telegram.

A video released at the same time by the SBU shows an armed group overpowering two men in plain clothes and handcuffing them.

The two men were reportedly arrested in Kovel, northwestern Ukraine.

One of the alleged conspirators came from Russia via Belarus.

They are said to have prepared the "physical liquidation" of Resnikov and Budanov.

They are said to have been offered a reward of up to $150,000 (€147,000) for each “murder”.

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Source: spiegel

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