Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now


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Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant again lost external power, international energy officials said, heightening concerns over Europe’s biggest nuclear plant as the Moscow-Kyiv energy battle heats up amid the ongoing war.

ZAPORIZHZHIA PLANT

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* The plant continues to supply electricity to the grid despite losing connection to the last remaining main external power line, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

* Russia said it foiled a Ukrainian attempt to take back the plant with strikes from military helicopters and fighter jets, destroying 20 Ukrainian vessels.

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* Reuters could not verify the report. Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations about attacks on the plant for months.

* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that his country can play a facilitator role regarding the plant, his office said.

ENERGY

* Germany’s gas storage facilities have reached the October goal of 85% despite the extended halt of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline delivering gas from Russia, data from European operators group GIE showed.

* Sweden will offer tens of billions of dollars worth of liquidity guarantees to energy firms to help avert a financial crisis after the Nord Stream 1 shutdown, the prime minister said.

* The European Union expects Russia to respect existing energy contracts but is prepared to meet the challenge if it fails to do so, Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said.

AID

* Germany will provide Ukraine with an additional 200 million euros ($200 million) to fund aid programs for those internally displaced as a result of Russia’s invasion, the development minister said.

(Compiled by Frances Kerry and William Mallard)



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