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What happens if Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant explodes? | Russia-Ukraine war News

EXPLAIN While an explosion is not impossible, experts say the greatest concern is in the leak of radiation that could come as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has raised alarms about the shelling that is taking place at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, saying the …

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Shrouded in secrecy for years, Russia’s Wagner Group opens up | Russia-Ukraine war News

On paper, the Wagner Group, a Russian network providing fighters for hire, does not exist. It does not file tax returns, its alleged backers deny any connection to it and officially, private military companies (PMCs) are illegal in Russia. “Mercenaries have no official status, so they don’t have the same rights or guarantees as an …

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US believes Russians have begun training on Iranian drones

CNN — The US believes Russian officials have begun training on drones in Iran over the last several weeks, the latest sign that Russia intends to purchase the systems as the war in Ukraine continues. “During the last several weeks, Russian officials conducted training in Iran as part of the agreement for UAV transfers from …

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FAO food price index fell sharply in July but the respite may not last

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar, and corn futures have fallen from their March highs back to prices seen at the start of 2022. Olga Maltseva | dpa | Getty Images Food prices dropped significantly in July from the previous month, particularly the costs of wheat and vegetable oil, …

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Russian weapons in Ukraine ‘powered’ by Western parts: Report | Russia-Ukraine war News

More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report. Since the start of the war five months ago, the Ukrainian military has captured or …

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Putin loses elite commander Nikolay Gorban in Ukraine: report

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has lost an elite Foreign Security Service commander in the Ukraine war, marking the 99th senior officer to die during the five-month conflict, according to a new report. Lt. Colonel Nikolay Gorban, 36, was a commander in the FSB’s special forces, and he died “somewhere in Ukraine on August 2,” reported InformNapalm …

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Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia: UN chief condemns ‘suicidal’ shelling around nuclear plant

CNN — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described recent artillery and rocket fire around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in central Ukraine as “suicidal,” further adding to fears of an accident at the plant, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. “Any attack on nuclear power plants is a suicidal thing,” Guterres told reporters …

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Amnesty regrets ‘distress and anger’ caused by Ukraine report | Russia-Ukraine war News

A controversial report alleging Ukraine military violations of international law caused the head of Amnesty Ukraine to resign in protest. Amnesty International said it “deeply regrets the distress and anger” caused after it alleged Ukrainian forces were blurting international law by exposing civilians to Russian fire. The rights group said “we fully stand by our …

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‘Putin’s Chief’ Yevgeny Prigozhin Is Touring Prisons for Wagner Recruits to Fight in Ukraine, Reports Say

A sanctioned Russian businessman and close Putin ally linked to the notorious Wagner Group has reportedly been personally touring Russian prisons and recruiting inmates to join the fight in Ukraine. That’s according to new reporting out Saturday by the independent outlet Mediazona, which interviewed two inmates held in different facilities in different regions of Russia. …

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