Liz Truss reiterated her “steadfast support for Ukraine’s freedom,” pointing out that the war-torn nation could rely on the UK for help “in the longer term”.
Ms. Truss also accepted President Volodymyr Zilensky’s invitation to visit Ukraine during her first telephone conversation as Prime Minister with a foreign leader. The two leaders met within hours of Ms Truss’s appointment as Prime Minister.
She wrote late Tuesday night on Twitter, “I spoke with President Zelensky and reiterated our steadfast backing for Ukraine’s democracy and freedom.”
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“The West should not deter Russian attempts to weaponize energy.” The UK can support Ukraine long-term.”
A Downing Street spokesperson said that the leaders discussed strengthening global security and cutting down on the funding for Putin’s war machine.
“The Prime Minister stated that Russia’s blackmail needed not to deter the West to ensure Putin fails.” She stressed the importance of ensuring that the UK and its allies continue to achieve energy independence.
Zelensky thanked Britain for its effective defence and economic assistance to Ukraine.
He stated that “it’s important (Britain), is ready to reinforce it further,” Tuesday night. “Attention was paid to security guarantees… We’ll continue active interaction in all formats.”
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated Wednesday that Moscow had asked for “additional explanations from the International Atomic Energy Agency” (IAEA) regarding certain areas of their report after a visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuke power plant.
Tuesday’s statement by the IAEA stated that it was “gravely worried” about the situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power station.
On Tuesday, Mr Zelensky called on IAEA representatives for Russia to demilitarize the plant’s territories.
He stated that Russia could bring the world to the brink of radiation catastrophe, and the world must have the means to place Russia in a situation where it will be forced to stop terror.
According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, five Russian cruise missiles were shot down by Ukrainian troops on Tuesday. Most of them were in the south.
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Zelensky, in his Tuesday evening address, described the attack as “an expensive loss to Russia”.
“Five Russian Kh-101 missiles were destroyed in the first half hour of the day… It saved many lives in Ukraine.”
In an apparent expansion of their attempts to repress the invasion, Ukrainian forces launched a surprise attack against Russian positions in the East of the Country.
On Wednesday afternoon, the unofficial Ukrainian Telegram reported reports of a Ukrainian attack against Balakliya (a Russian-held city located 43 miles southeast of Kharkiv).
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The Ukrainian defence ministry did not respond to the reports.
Anton Gerashchenko is a former Ukrainian MP who said they promised good news from Kharkiv, possibly Balakliya.
UN inspectors warned that shelling caused radioactive waste storage damage at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is Russian-occupied.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Tuesday’s long-awaited report, stated that it is “gravely concerned about the situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power station” following an inspection.
A special security area was required around the facility to prevent radioactive catastrophes.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog didn’t attribute the damage to Russia or Ukraine, but its experts warned that there was a real danger of a meltdown if attacks on the facility were not stopped.
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