In Zaporizhzhia “risk of serious nuclear accident”. German soldiers in Lithuania, tension in the Kremlin


By John

Three people were killed and as many were injured in attacks launched by Russian forces last night in the Zaporizhzhia region, in southern Ukraine: the governor of the region, Ivan Federov, announced this on social media. The “reckless attacks” on the nuclear power plant “significantly increase the risk of a major nuclear accident and must stop immediately”: this was said by the director general of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, as reported by the Agency. Yesterday's attack on the plant represents “a clear violation of the fundamental principles for the protection of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe”, he added.

The Kremlin, “German soldiers in Lithuania a source of tension”

The German Defense Ministry, Boris Pistorius, expressed satisfaction with the stationing of the new German army unit in Lithuania. «It is an important day for the Bndeswehr. It is the first time that we have begun to permanently station such a unit outside of Germany,” he said. For now twenty soldiers will be sent, but an increase is expected in the future. “I know there is still a lot to do on site,” he added, referring to the infrastructure, barracks and apartments. “But we will do everything possible to ensure that the brigade is adequately equipped,” he concluded.

The Kremlin views the planned stationing of German soldiers in Lithuania «negatively» and considers it «the continuation of an escalation of tensions that creates hotbeds of danger» for Russia «on the border» requiring «the adoption of special “security” measures» : This was stated by Putin's spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, quoted by the Interfax agency.