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Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of risking nuclear disaster by shelling near Europe’s largest nuclear plant, which officials said disrupted power lines on Monday and took the sole remaining reactor offline. Meanwhile, a US intelligence report indicated that Russia is buying ammunition from North Korea, which US officials said is an effect of the sanctions against Russia. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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11:43am: Russia says West not honouring commitments of UN-brokered grain deal 

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the West was not honouring its promise to help Russian food exports reach global markets, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Lavrov said the West had not relaxed sanctions that would allow it easier access to ship its agricultural products abroad.

Moscow saw the commitment as a key part of a landmark grain deal, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, which helped end a blockade on Ukrainian grain exports from its southern ports and ease a looming global food crisis.

9:22am: Russian missile attack kills three civilians in Kharkiv region: regional governor

Three people died as a result of rocket fire in the Kharkiv region during the past day, the region’s governor said on Tuesday.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, is close to the Russian border and has been under constant shelling throughout the Russian invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.

“In the Industrial district, a two-story building was damaged and a private residential building, in which a 73-year-old woman was staying, was destroyed. Unfortunately, she died,” governor Oleh Synehubov wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Two men died amid shelling in the village of Zolochiv, north of Kharkiv.

Tuesday morning, an air raid alert was issued throughout Ukraine and the authorities reported explosions in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

Russia denies deliberately targeting civilians.

8:33am: Russia says UK ties unlikely to improve under Truss

Russia is not expecting any changes to its frosty relations with Britain under new prime minister Liz Truss, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

“Judging by statements made by Madame Truss when she was still foreign minister… one can say with much certainty that no changes for the better are expected,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by the state TASS agency.

Under outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain was one of Ukraine’s staunchest supporters following the start of Moscow’s offensive in the former Soviet republic.

Truss, who is due to formally take over the premiership on Tuesday, is expected to continue the policy of forcefully confronting Russia. 

5:09am: IAEA says Zaporizhzhia plant has enough power to operate safely, will brief Security Council later today

Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of risking nuclear disaster by shelling near Europe’s largest nuclear plant, which officials said disrupted power lines on Monday and took the sole remaining reactor offline.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), citing information supplied from Ukraine, said the plant’s backup power line had been cut to extinguish a fire but that the line itself was not damaged and would be reconnected.

The UN nuclear watchdog said the plant had enough electricity to operate safely and would be reconnected to the grid once backup power was restored.

The IAEA’s presence at the plant was reduced to two staff members from six on Monday. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi will issue a report on Ukraine, including the plant, on Tuesday and then brief the UN Security Council, the IAEA said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday warned of a near “radiation catastrophe” and said the shelling showed Russia “does not care what the IAEA will say”.

04:56am: Russia is buying artillery ammunition from North Korea: US intelligence

US intelligence has assessed that Moscow is buying artillery ammunition from North Korea, the New York Times reported, on the heels of reports that the Russian military has begun using Iranian-made drones.

US government officials told the Times that the purchases showed sanctions had begun to bite and reduce Russia’s ability to sustain its invasion of Ukraine.

The Times report on Monday said the recently declassified intelligence provided no details about what was purchased, beyond saying that the items included artillery shells and rockets. Russia was expected to buy more such gear, the Times reported.

Last month, a US official told Reuters that Russia’s Iranian-made drones had suffered “numerous failures”. The official said Russia most likely planned to acquire hundreds of Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Officials have said Western sanctions are limiting Russia’s ability to replace vehicles and weapons destroyed in Ukraine.

02:28am: Biden says Russia should not be branded state sponsor of terrorism

US President Joe Biden on Monday said Russia should not be designated a state sponsor of terrorism, a label Ukraine has pushed for amid Russia’s ongoing invasion while Moscow has warned it would rupture US-Russian ties.

Asked if Russia should be designated a state sponsor of terrorism, Biden told reporters at the White House: “No.” Some US lawmakers have also pressed for the designation.

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(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AP and AFP)

 

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