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Day 230 from the beginning of the war: several Ukrainian cities were bombed. According to the emergency services, the number of victims is on the rise. All information in the news blog.

11:30 pm: DUkrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov confirmed that four other Himars rocket launchers of the

The US arrived in Ukraine. He thanked United States President Joe Biden, his Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and the American people. The Himars missiles meant “good times for Ukraine and bad times for the occupiers,” she tweeted.

23.05: According to US President Joe Biden, Kremlin head Vladimir Putin misjudged his war of aggression against Ukraine. “I think he’s a rational actor who miscalculated significantly,” Biden said, according to the CNN television channel, in an interview that was scheduled to air Tuesday night (local time, 3:00 CEST). As a result, Biden claimed that while he believes Putin is acting rationally, his goals in Ukraine are irrational. “If you listen to the speech he gave after the decision (to wage war on Ukraine), he talked about the whole idea that was needed to lead a Russia that would unite all Russian speakers. I mean, I just agree for irrational, “Biden said, according to CNN.

22:29: Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown himself willing to dialogue in the conflict over the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia. It was “open to dialogue” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the Kremlin boss said Tuesday in a meeting with IAEA chief Rafael Grossi in St. Petersburg, broadcast by the Russian state television. The nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has been controlled by Russian troops since March.

“We will be happy to discuss any issues of common interest or concern, such as the situation surrounding the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” Putin said.

Before the meeting, Grossi reiterated his call for a “protection zone” around the nuclear power plant. Everything must be done “to avoid a nuclear accident,” says an IAEA statement. Grossi stressed that the situation was becoming “increasingly dangerous” given the frequent attacks. “We can’t afford to waste any more time,” said Grossi. There is a lot “at stake”. A few days ago Putin by decree placed the nuclear power plant under the Russian administration. The IAEA condemned this step and described the plant as Ukrainian.

21:47: After a second wave of Russian attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised his compatriots that the destroyed infrastructure would soon be rebuilt. The bombing on Tuesday only delayed the repair of previously damaged items, Selenskyj said in his video speech Wednesday evening. “Where there have been victims, there is already our will to build. Where there were enemy hopes, there will be only ruins of Russian statehood.”

In total, Russia fired 28 rockets at her country on Tuesday, Zelenskyy said. Ukrainian air defense intercepted 20 of them. Almost all 15 drones were shot down.

After Monday’s devastating attacks, Russia continued shelling areas in Ukraine on Tuesday, including Mykolaiv in the south and Lviv in the west. According to the authorities, four substations in Lviv were completely destroyed. Electricity fell apart in larger parts of the regional capital of the same name.

20:28: The United States still has no evidence of Russian preparations for the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. “We see no evidence, nothing to suggest that (Kremlin head Vladimir) Putin has decided to use nuclear or mass destruction weapons in Ukraine,” White House communications director John Kirby said Tuesday in Washington. Furthermore, there are no signs that the responsible authorities are preparing for such a decision, he said.

Russia recently annexed four Ukrainian occupied territories in violation of international law and Putin, among others, announced that he would defend them by all means available. In doing so, the head of the Kremlin fueled concerns that Russia could use tactical nuclear weapons with limited ranges on the battlefield. The United States has already warned the Russian leadership in direct contacts that the use of such weapons will have serious consequences. At the same time, the White House declined to publicly comment on what these consequences might be.

18:45: In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, called for a protection zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “We must not waste time,” Grossi said after Tuesday’s meeting in St. Petersburg, according to the announcement. The situation around the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant is “increasingly dangerous, unstable and challenging” due to frequent military attacks.

To avoid a nuclear accident, Grossi proposed the establishment of a ceasefire zone. Demilitarization with the withdrawal of troops is not part of the plan. Kremlin head Putin said in greeting that Russia is ready to discuss the “situation” surrounding the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “In any case, we are open to this dialogue and we are happy to see you.”

The IAEA Director General met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev last week. However, Grossi subsequently reported no progress regarding the protection zone. Ukraine calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Grossi wants to return to Kiev this week.

18:04: According to Ukrainian sources, Russia released 32 prisoners of war as part of a prisoner exchange. “Among the freed are officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the armed forces. They were all in places where fierce fighting was taking place. Many of these people were listed as missing,” Ukrainian Presidency Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak said via Telegram. .

The body of the Israeli Dmytro Fialka has also been transferred. Fialka volunteered to fight for Ukraine.

17:48: G7 leaders have warned Russia against the use of biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. This would have serious consequences, according to a joint statement following a video link of the seven most important Western industrialized countries.

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