The Times of Israel is liveblogging Thursday’s events as they unfold.
Ukraine and Russia make no progress towards agreeing on a ceasefire after the Russian invasion at tense talks in Turkey, the Ukrainian foreign minister says.
“We also talked on the ceasefire but no progress was accomplished on that,” Dmytro Kuleba tells reporters after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Antalya, describing the meeting as “difficult” and accusing his counterpart of bringing “traditional narratives” to the table.
“My impression is that Russia is not in a position at this point to establish a ceasefire. They seek a surrender from Ukraine. This is not what they’re going to get.”
“I want to repeat that Ukraine has not surrendered, does not surrender, and will not surrender,” Kuleba says.
LIVE: Dmytro Kuleba holds news conference after talks with Russian, Turkish counterparts https://t.co/BevBeh4tBC
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 10, 2022
The sanctions on Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich have brought about unprecedented restrictions on the team.
Abramovich is among seven wealthy Russians who have had their assets frozen by the government. It freezes his ability to sell Chelsea, which was announced last week after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The government has issued what it calls a “special license” to ensure Chelsea can continue to play games and staff can be paid. But the club won’t be able to sell new tickets to any fans or sell merchandise.
It is about “depriving Abramovich of benefiting from his ownership of the club,” Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries tweets. “I know this brings some uncertainty, but the Government will work with the league & clubs to keep football being played while ensuring sanctions hit those intended. Football clubs are cultural assets and the bedrock of our communities. We’re committed to protecting them.”
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, top, duels for the ball with Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP/Matt Dunham)
The Kremlin says it will approach the Russian military for details of a strike on a hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky called a “war crime.”
“We will certainly ask our military about this, since we don’t have clear information about what happened there. Without fail, the military will provide some kind of information,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters, as Moscow’s advance into Ukraine enters its third week.
A car burns at the side of the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, a Russian Israeli, is hit with an assets freeze and travel ban as part of new UK government sanctions targeting seven Russian oligarchs.
Among others sanctioned are leading industrialist Oleg Deripaska, Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin and the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says.
Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich attends the UEFA Women’s Champions League final soccer match against FC Barcelona in Gothenburg, Sweden, on May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Despite Israel saying it will accept 5,000 Ukrainian refugees, many are stuck at Ben Gurion Airport, facing cold and callous treatment, Channel 12 reports.
The network documents many arrivals from the war-torn country, some of them elderly, who are held up for long hours and repeatedly questioned with little food and water.
One relative of refugees says: “People are crying, there’s hysteria, panic. They’re saying ‘We’re ready to go back to Ukraine.’”
He says officials at the airport “say that if someone has Jewish roots to stand in one line and if not to stand in another line… That’s what’s going on here in Israel, with everything we know about how wars are.”
The Population and Immigration Authority says it is doing everything it can to handle the massive influx of refugees, and insists it is treating all arrivals with respect. It also says it hands out thousands of sandwiches and water bottles a day.
נתב”ג לפני שעה, ב12:20. פליטים מחכים לתשאול כדי לדעת אם יוכלו בכלל להכנס לישראל. וזה אחרי ימים בדרכים, לילות במחנות פליטים. חלקם עזבו תחת אש. pic.twitter.com/ruFILsqzfi
— Masha והיא שותה לה לה Averbuch (@Ave__Masha) March 9, 2022
The Hamas terror group condemns Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog — without naming names.
“We express our sorrow over these visits to our brothers in Arab and Islamic countries, which we consider the strategic depth of our Palestinian people and their just national cause,” the terror group says.
Ankara has long supported Hamas, playing host to Hamas officials and even reportedly granting them citizenship.
In late 2020, Erdogan met with a Hamas delegation that included Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri — who has a $5 million US bounty on his head for terrorism
The Islamic Jihad terror group — whose main regional patron is Iran — issues a more full-throated denunciation of Herzog’s Turkey trip.
“This trip sidesteps the blood of Turkish martyrs who died for Gaza,” says Islamic Jihad, a reference to the 10 Turkish citizens who died during the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.
As part of rapprochement efforts, Israel has reportedly asked Turkey to expel Hamas officials.
President Isaac Herzog (left) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential complex in Ankara on March 9, 2022. (Screen capture/GPO)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba have begun talks in Turkey in the first such high-level contact since Moscow invaded its neighbor, officials from both sides and their hosts say.
The ministers begin talks on the sidelines of a diplomatic forum in the southern Turkish resort of Antalya, joined by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, a Turkish official tells AFP in comments confirmed by the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministries.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on March 5, 2022. (PSERGEI ILNITSKY / POOL / AFP)
President Herzog is greeted joyfully with clapping and shofar blasts as he arrives at the Neve Shalom synagogue in the heart of Istanbul.
Speaking at the synagogue, Herzog asks those assembled to pray for “our Jewish brothers and sisters of the Jewish community in Ukraine.”
He says Turkish Jews “have had a huge role in writing the history of the Jewish people,” with “a long line of rabbis, poets, wise men, traders, entrepreneurs and leaders” coming from the country.
He says that during their meeting yesterday, Turkish President Erdogan told him he believes in “the need to strengthen that which binds us, all nations and religions.”
“Even more so in such days of war and terrible tragedy in Ukraine, we must walk in the path of the sons of Abraham, a legacy of respect, acceptance and friendship.”
Russia accuses the United States of funding research into the development of biological weapons in Ukraine.
Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says during a televised briefing that “the purpose of this — and other Pentagon-funded biological research in Ukraine — was to establish a mechanism for the stealthy spread of deadly pathogens.”
The US has denied such Russian claims, calling them “outright lies.”
“This Russian disinformation is total nonsense and not the first time Russia has invented such false claims against another country,” the State Department says.
“The United States does not own or operate any chemical or biological laboratories in Ukraine… Russia is inventing false pretexts in an attempt to justify its own horrific actions in Ukraine.”
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said it is suspending Russia and Belarus from any cooperation.
Russia and Belarus are not members, but the decision blocks any joint projects.
The economic alliance of developed countries adds: “OECD Members also tasked the Secretary-General to develop proposals to further strengthen support to the democratically elected government of Ukraine, including to support recovery and reconstruction.”
In Turkey, First Lady Michal Herzog visited the Presidential Library in Ankara, accompanied by Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan.
Herzog gifted a number of Hebrew books to the institution, including works by S. Y. Agnon, Leah Goldberg, and David Grossman, as well as a Hebrew Bible and a Hebrew translation of the Quran.
First Lady Michal Herzog (right) visits the Presidential Library in Ankara, accompanied by Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan, March 9, 2022 (Courtesy)
In Turkey, President Isaac Herzog says his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been “open to true dialogue on numerous and varied issues, and we got down to details on matters of importance for both sides.”
He says the process of rekindling ties with Ankara is being carried out “under no illusions, but reflects bilateral interests.”
Herzog says he hopes he has laid the groundwork for developing the nations’ ties.
Speaking anonymously, a source in the president’s entourage adds that issues such as Hamas’s activity in Turkey, relations with the Palestinians and other political matters were discussed in Herzog and Erdogan’s meeting.
The source adds that it is natural that there are “deliberations” in Israel on how to treat “the opportunity that has arisen,” adding that “the question is whether to turn our backs or to do our utmost and take advantage [of this opportunity] for both peoples.”
A top Iranian official says the US “has no will” to reach an acceptable nuclear agreement, as evidenced by its “unacceptable proposals” in Vienna.
Ali Shamkhani, the chair of Iran’s powerful Supreme National Security Council, says on Twitter that the “US approach to Iran’s principled demands, coupled with its unreasonable offers and unjustified pressure to hastily reach an agreement, show that US isn’t interested in a strong deal that would satisfy both parties.
“Absent US political decision, the talks get knottier by the hour.”
World powers have said the ball is now in Iran’s court to make the decisions necessary to secure a deal, and have warned that time is running out to do so.
In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, speaks during the first meeting of national security secretaries in the Iranian capital Tehran. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says today’s meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers in Turkey aims pave the way for a meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
“Our main goal is to bring the three leaders together,” Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper quotes Cavusoglu as saying, in reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
NATO-member Turkey, which has cultivated close ties with both Russia and Ukraine, is trying to balance relations with both nations. It has positioned itself as a neutral party, seeking to facilitate negotiations between the warring sides.
Yesterday’s airstrike on a maternity hospital in the port city of Mariupol wounded women waiting to give birth and buried children in the rubble as Russian forces intensified their siege of Ukrainian cities. Bombs also fell on two hospitals in another city west of Kyiv.
The World Health Organization says it has confirmed 18 attacks on medical facilities since the Russian invasion began two weeks ago.
After months of delay due to internal political disputes, the US House of Representatives has approved funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, at a sum of $1 billion.
The money will fund interceptor missiles for the system, many of which were used to defend the country during last year’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The Senate will vote on the defense aid in the coming days.
The House also approved annual defense aid to Jerusalem of $3.8 billion.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz hails the approval, which he says will “allow us to better defend our citizens,” and particularly President Joe Biden “for his uncompromising support.”
Iron Dome in action, on May 13, 2021. (Avichai Socher/IDF)
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given the smaller nation’s embassy in Washington an unexpected role: recruitment center for Americans who want to join the fight.
Diplomats working out of the embassy, in a townhouse in the Georgetown section of the city, are fielding thousands of offers from volunteers seeking to fight for Ukraine, even as they work on the far more pressing matter of securing weapons to defend against an increasingly brutal Russian onslaught.
“They really feel that this war is unfair, unprovoked,” says Ukraine’s military attaché, Maj. Gen. Borys Kremenetskyi. “They feel that they have to go and help.”
US volunteers represent just a small subset of foreigners seeking to fight for Ukraine, who in turn comprise just a tiny fraction of the international assistance that has flowed into the country. Still, it is a reflection of the passion, supercharged in an era of social media, that the attack and the mounting civilian casualties have stirred.
“This is not mercenaries who are coming to earn money,” Kremenetskyi says. “This is people of goodwill who are coming to assist Ukraine to fight for freedom.”
The US government discourages Americans from going to fight in Ukraine, which raises legal and national security issues.
Major General Borys Kremenetskyi, Defense Attache with the Embassy of Ukraine, listens to Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova as she speaks during a news conference at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, on Feb. 24, 2022 (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine are in Turkey for face-to-face talks set for this morning, officials say, in the first high-level contact between the two sides since Moscow invaded its ex-Soviet neighbor.
Officials from Kyiv and Moscow have held several rounds of discussions in Belarus, but the meeting in the southern city of Antalya represents the first time Russia has sent a minister for talks on the crisis.
Dialogue between Kyiv and Moscow has so far yielded several local ceasefires and humanitarian corridors to evacuate residents, but Russia has been accused of breaching those agreements.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said his expectations are “limited,” as Russia continues its bombing campaign and siege of major cities.
He says the success of the talks would depend on “what instructions and directives Lavrov is under” from the Kremlin.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks in the general assembly hall on February 23, 2022, at United Nations Headquarters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
EU leaders will scramble today to find ways to urgently address the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that has imperiled the bloc’s economy and exposed a dire need for a stronger defense.
The meeting at the Versailles palace had been set to be the high point of France’s six-month EU presidency, but President Emmanuel Macron will instead spearhead a crisis summit to answer Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s brutal disruption to decades of stability in Europe.
“Russia’s war of aggression constitutes a tectonic shift in European history,” a draft of the two-day meeting’s final declaration says.
The leaders will grasp “how the EU can live up to its responsibilities in this new reality, protecting our citizens, values, democracies, and our European model.”
Dutch brewer Heineken, Danish beer-maker Carlsberg, and Universal Music Group are some of the latest Western firms to halt operations in Russia over Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
Japanese gaming giants PlayStation and Nintendo also announce they will suspend shipments to Russia, joining the hundreds of multinationals who have taken action.
Heineken, the world’s second-biggest beer company, says it is stopping the production, advertising and sale of its namesake brand in Russia “in response to the continued escalation of the war.”
Heineken had already suspended new investments and exports to Russia last week.
“We are shocked and saddened to watch the tragedy in Ukraine unfold,” Heineken chief executive Dolf van den Brink says in a statement.
“The Russian government’s war against Ukraine is an unprovoked and completely unjustified attack,” he adds.
Heineken employs 1,800 people in Russia and says it is the third-biggest brewer in the country, where it makes the Zhigulevskoe and Oxota brands for the local market.
The brewer says it will take “immediate steps to ring-fence” its Russian business from the rest of its global operations “to stop the flow of monies, royalties and dividends out of Russia.”
“Heineken will no longer accept any net financial benefit derived from our Russian operations,” it says.
Heineken’s other famous brands include Amstel, Tiger and Strongbow cider.
Danish brewer Carlsberg, the world’s fourth biggest beer producer, says it too is halting production and sales in Russia.
It says Baltika Breweries, which it majority owns, would continue to operate as a separate business to sustain its 8,400 employees in Russia “who are not responsible for the actions of the government.”
The Danish group says that during the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, any profits generated by its business in Russia would be donated to relief organizations.
Sony Group, which owns PlayStation, says in a statement that its video game unit “joins the global community in calling for peace in Ukraine” as it announces it is suspending operations in Russia.
The tech and entertainment conglomerate also says it is donating $2 million to the UN refugee agency and Save the Children “to support the victims of this tragedy.”
A Nintendo spokesperson tells AFP it will suspend shipments to Russia “for the time being” for logistical reasons.
About 300 companies have announced their withdrawal from Russia since it invaded Ukraine, according to Yale University researchers.
McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Starbucks joined the crowd on Tuesday following public pressure to do so.
Also on Tuesday, Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest label, said it was suspending all operations and closing its offices in Russia effective immediately.
Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari said it too was suspending deliveries to Russia.
Ferrari, which has no factories in Russia and is represented there by two independent dealerships, sells less than 100 cars every year in Russia, out of more than 11,000 delivered worldwide last year.
A video from the Ukrainian news outlet NEXTA TV shows Ukrainian bomb disposal personnel defusing a massive Russian ordnance with only a water bottle.
One of the two bomb squad members slowly unscrews the top of the explosive, while the other drips liquid on it, as explosions are heard in the background.
The men do not appear to be wearing any protective equipment.
Bomb defusing process pic.twitter.com/AZeMaesE6K
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 9, 2022
US lawmakers sign off on almost $14 billion in aid for war-torn Ukraine as part of a giant blueprint to fund federal agencies and avoid a damaging government shutdown at home.
The House of Representatives green-lights around $1.5 trillion in spending through September, less than 48 hours before the Friday-Saturday midnight deadline, when government funding was due to dry up.
The 2,700-plus page package will need to be rubber-stamped by the Senate before the budget can pass into law.
“The brave, freedom-loving people of Ukraine and our allies in the region will receive urgently needed investments to fight Vladimir Putin and the Russians’ illegal and immoral invasion,” Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer say in a joint statement.
Lawmakers in the lower chamber also pass a four-day “continuing resolution” to keep federal agencies running until next Tuesday.
This gives the Senate some breathing room in case the procedural hurdles required to get the full package to US President Joe Biden’s desk cannot be completed by Friday night.
The rigid timetable was forced on lawmakers because Democrats were due to spend the rest of the working week at a retreat in Philadelphia.
Included in the deal is $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine and its Eastern European allies in response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion, which is entering its third week.
The funding, which has huge cross-party support, was one of the keys to passing the omnibus package, which has proved controversial in other areas.
“This bipartisan government funding agreement is the major step forward that our national security needs,” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says in a statement. “This is a dangerous time for the United States and our partners.”
It provides $782 billion in defense funding — far more than Biden’s initial $715 billion request and an increase of 5.6 percent over last year.
The package includes $730 billion in non-defense cash, a 6.7% increase over 2021 and the largest hike in four years.
Lawmakers on the left of the Democratic Party had signaled they would be unhappy about defense spending hikes, but they back the increases in domestic spending and allowed the package to advance to the Senate.
There was a backlash from progressives however over a provision to provide $15.6 billion to fund the Biden administration’s COVID-19 strategy, forcing it to be stripped out of the omnibus package.
Republicans are refusing to back any new cash for the federal pandemic response, and Democrats had agreed to take the money from existing programs, including $7 billion allocated to state governments in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
But rank-and-file Democrats objected to the proposal, meaning leadership had to schedule a separate vote on Covid funding, likely to come next week.
Lawmakers are also expected to vote on a new sanctions bill that includes a ban on importing oil and other petroleum products from Russia.
Biden has already instituted the oil ban by executive order, but Democratic leaders in Congress want their members to be on the record supporting the measure.
The Senate is unlikely to follow suit in any case.
A US official says an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 Russian troops have died in Ukraine, The New York Times reports.
Several days ago, that figure was around 3,000 fatalities.
Casualties are difficult to assess due to the fog of war, and estimates vary hugely.
Russia has confirmed very few casualties, while Ukraine claims to have killed over 10,000 Russian troops.
Thousands of Ukrainians, both civilians and soldiers, are estimated dead in the fighting.
Mariupol’s mayor said yesterday that his city alone had lost over 1,200 civilians killed.
President Isaac Herzog will meet with Jewish leaders in Istanbul today after an eventful day in Turkey yesterday which saw a historic meeting between Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Herzog, accompanied by wife his wife Michal Herzog, will meet representatives of the Turkish Jewish community at the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul.
There are around 31 synagogues in Turkey that are currently active and 16 Jewish cemeteries.
There are around 15,000 people in Turkey’s Jewish community, the vast majority of whom are in Istanbul.
The Neve Shalom Synagogue was founded in the late 1930s and later expanded to become Istanbul’s central and largest Sephardic synagogue.
Terrorists carried out deadly attacks against Neve Shalom three times.
On Saturday, September 6, 1986, during morning prayers, 22 worshipers were murdered in a terrorist attack by the Abu Nidal organization.
On Saturday, November 15, 2003, again during the morning prayer, two vehicles exploded simultaneously at the entrances to the Neve Shalom and Beit Yisrael synagogues. A total of 26 people, including worshipers, security personnel, and 11 passersby lost their lives and hundreds were injured.
Another terror attack on Neve Shalom in 1992 ended without any casualties.
At the same time as Herzog’s visit to the synagogue, in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers will hold face-to-face talks in their first contact since Russia invaded its neighbor two weeks ago.
Russia’s Lavrov and Ukraine’s Kuleba will be joined Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Late yesterday, Cavusoglu told Israeli and Turkish reporters that he will visit Israel as early as April 3rd. His announcement came minutes after President Erdogan and President Herzog finalized their long-awaited mutual statements on the renewal of relations between the countries.
However, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, said no date has been set for Cavusoglu’s visit, a reaction that embarrassed the Israeli delegation in Ankara.
Before getting on the plane en route Istanbul, Herzog spoke to Israeli reporters and said that Cavusoglu will be invited to Jerusalem with a formal invitation.
At least 35,000 civilians were evacuated from besieged Ukrainian cities yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says.
In a video address, the Ukrainian leader says three humanitarian corridors had allowed residents to leave the cities of Sumy, Enerhodar and areas around Kyiv.
He says he hoped the evacuations would continue tomorrow with three more routes set to open out of the cities of Mariupol, Volnovakha in the southeast and Izium in eastern Ukraine.
The evacuations came after Moscow and Kyiv agreed today to open more corridors, offering a glimmer of hope for terrified civilians trapped in bombarded cities.
More than 5,000 people were evacuated yesterday from Sumy, a city of 250,000 that lies close to the Russian border and has been the scene of heavy fighting.
Ukrainians cross an improvised path under a destroyed bridge while fleeing Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
But attempted evacuations from the port town of Mariupol, which has been besieged by Russia for days, have failed on several occasions, with both Kyiv and Moscow blaming each other.
On Wednesday, a Russian strike destroyed a children’s hospital in the city, triggering renewed global outrage two weeks into Moscow’s invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor.
Mariupol’s mayor said more than 1,200 civilians have been killed in the siege, which has lasted more than a week.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR has estimated the total number of refugees at 2.1 to 2.2 million.
Power has been cut to the Chernobyl nuclear plant, Ukraine says, but the UN’s atomic watchdog says there is “no critical impact on safety.”
The news from the site of the world’s worst-ever nuclear disaster comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says data transmission was also lost at the Zaporizhzhia atomic plant, Europe’s largest.
Russian forces shelled and captured the Zaporizhzhia plant on March 4, causing a fire that raised alarm in Europe of a possible nuclear catastrophe.
Earlier, on the day Russia invaded Ukraine, its troops seized the defunct Chernobyl plant, site of a 1986 disaster that killed hundreds and spread radioactive contamination west across Europe.
Kyiv’s energy operator Ukrenergo says on Facebook the Chernobyl station “was fully disconnected from the power grid.”
The IAEA says in a tweet that while the development “violates [a] key safety pillar,” in this case it saw “no critical impact on safety.”
IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks at a press conference about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in Vienna, Austria, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner)
On Tuesday it had voiced concern for staff working under Russian guard at the site.
The situation for the staff at Chernobyl “was worsening,” it said, citing the Ukrainian nuclear regulator.
The plant sits inside an exclusion zone that houses decommissioned reactors as well as radioactive waste facilities.
More than 2,000 staff still work at the plant as it requires constant management to prevent another nuclear disaster.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweets that “reserve diesel generators have a 48-hour capacity to power” the plant but added that “after that, cooling systems of the storage facility for spent nuclear fuel will stop.”
Ukrenergo says military operations mean “there is no possibility to restore the lines” at Chernobyl and there is also no power to the site’s security systems.
The reason for the transmission loss at Zaporizhzhia is not clear and the interruption of data flows at both sites was concerning, the IAEA says.
Chernobyl had similarly lost transmission to the IAEA, the agency reported Tuesday.
“The remote transmission of data from IAEA safeguards equipment located at nuclear sites around the world is an important component of our safeguards implementation, in Ukraine and globally,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi says.
“Such systems… enable us to monitor nuclear material and activities at these sites when our inspectors are not present.”