Repair of power lines begins in Chernobyl

The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war:

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ChernobylThe latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war: BERLIN -- Ukraine told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday that technicians have begun repairing damaged power lines at the decommissioned Chernobyl power plant in a bid to restore power, the U said on Wednesday, Ukrainian Tue Authorities said Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, was unplugged and emergency generators were providing emergency power. Ukraine's nuclear regulator said Friday workers had repaired a section of the lines, but damage appeared to remain elsewhere, the IAEA said. Repair efforts would continue despite "the difficult situation" outside the facility, which was captured by Russian forces at the start of the invasion, it said. Ukraine's regulator said additional fuel for generators has been delivered, but it remains important to repair power lines as soon as possible. N. Nuclear Watchdog said it is still not receiving data from surveillance systems installed to monitor nuclear materials and activities at Chernobyl, but transmission from the Zaporizhia facility - Ukraine's largest, seized by Russian forces last week was restored after being lost earlier this week. PARIS -- Interpol restricts Russia's ability to feed information directly into the global police organization's vast network, ruling the communications must first be verified by the Secretariat-General in Lyon, France. France's foreign ministry said on Friday that the increased surveillance measures follow "multiple suspected cases of attempted fraudulent use" of the Interpol system in recent days, but it did not elaborate. Interpol stressed in a statement Thursday that it was maintaining its pledge of neutrality amid the war between two of its members sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. However, it said that "enhanced oversight and surveillance measures" by Moscow's National Central Bureau were needed "to prevent any potential abuse of Interpol's channels," such as B. Targeting people in or outside of Ukraine. The ministry noted that Interpol's decision has multiple implications, from communications to issuing so-called "red notices" to criminals at large or even feeding data on lost or stolen documents - all of which must now be handled by Interpol - Headquarters are checked for compliance with the regulations. Interpol, which has 195 members, said it has received calls to ban Russia from the network, along with calls from law enforcement agencies looking for continued cooperation to better fight crime. "In addition to the tragic loss of life, conflict inevitably leads to a rise in crime" as organized crime groups seek to exploit desperation, Interpol said. BOSTON -- YouTube announced on Friday that it has begun blocking access to channels linked to state-funded Russian media outlets worldwide. Google-owned YouTube announced the move in a Twitter post, saying that while the change is effective immediately, "we anticipate our systems will take some time to ramp up." YouTube also said it is now removing content about Russia's invasion of Ukraine that violates its policy of "minimising or trivializing well-documented violent events." The Kremlin describes the invasion as a "special military operation" and not a war. Ukraine's Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov predicted on his Telegram channel that the Kremlin would soon move to blocking YouTube in Russia. ANTALYA, Turkey -- With the Ukrainian refugee crisis, European countries that had previously been reluctant to share the burden for the refugees have turned in search of solidarity and burden-sharing, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Friday. Grandi was speaking at a diplomatic forum near the Turkish Mediterranean city of Antalya as the number of refugees from Ukraine surpassed 2.5 million. "European countries, including countries that have historically been reluctant to share that responsibility, are now ... in a position to hold hundreds of thousands," Grandi said. Grandi said: "I think we need to capitalize on what is happening now to reinforce this notion that everyone should be responsible when refugees move. WARSAW, Poland -- Ukraine's president and NATO chief met remotely with Poland's leaders and lawmakers on Friday for a meeting marking Poland's 23-year existence in the defensive military alliance, at a time when neighboring Ukraine was fighting a Russian invasion fights. In a video link to the gathering in the Polish parliament, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Poland for supporting his country's fight against the aggressor and also for opening its borders to refugees fleeing the war. Over 2.3 million people have fled Ukraine since the February 24 invasion. Zelenskyi veiledly said he hopes Ukraine will eventually receive Soviet-designed MiG-29 fighter jets from Poland. "I am grateful for the efforts you are making so that we can protect the skies of Ukraine," said Zelenskyy. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Poland is safer because it is a member of the alliance and stressed that the task now is to ensure that the armed conflict does not spread but ends. Polish President Andrzej Duda condemned the Russian bombings of Ukrainian cities and residential areas as "war crimes". UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations human rights office has received "credible reports" that Russian forces are using cluster munitions in Ukraine, including in populated areas, which is prohibited under international humanitarian law, the United Nations political chief said on Friday. N. Security Council meeting that shelled residential areas and civilian infrastructure in Mariupol, Kharkiv, Sumy and Chernihiv and "the utter devastation that afflicts these cities is appalling". N. Human Rights Office -- 564 dead and 982 injured on Thursday -- "were caused by explosive weapons with a wide impact range, including heavy artillery and multi-launch missile systems, as well as rocket and air strikes," she said. "Indiscriminate attacks, including those using cluster munitions, intended to strike indiscriminately military targets and civilians or civilian objects are prohibited under international humanitarian law," DiCarlo said. "Aimed attacks on civilian and civilian objects and so-called carpet bombing in towns and villages are also prohibited under international law and may constitute war crimes." 12 people died and 34 were injured, DiCarlo said. Any alleged violations of international humanitarian law must be investigated and those responsible held accountable, she said. DiCarlo stressed that "the need for negotiations to end the war in Ukraine could not be more urgent." Footage taken by Radio Free Europe on the outskirts of Kyiv on Wednesday shows Ukrainian soldiers with rifles and grenade launchers slung over their shoulders crossing snow-covered fields and forests, expressing their contempt for the Russians. Another soldier said they plan to kill all their enemies because of the bombing of Mariupol. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has opened an online portal to gather evidence of war crimes in Ukraine as he reiterated his call for combatants to obey the laws of war. Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a written statement on Friday that he was "closely following the deeply disturbing developments in hostilities". In recent days there have been reports of Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukrainian cities, including the deadly attack on a Mariupol maternity hospital earlier this week. Khan notes in a written statement that "when attacks are deliberately directed against civilians: that is a crime. Deliberately targeting civilian objects is a crime. I urge parties to the conflict to avoid using heavy explosive weapons in populated areas.” He says there is no legal justification or excuse “for attacks that are indiscriminate or that have a disproportionate impact on civilian populations.” Khan also said two other World Court member states, Japan and North Macedonia, had formally asked him to investigate in Ukraine, bringing the number of so-called referrals to state parties to 41. Neither Russia nor Ukraine are member states of the International Criminal Court. but Kyiv has recognized the court's jurisdiction and allowed Khan to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. BELGRADE, Serbia -- A flight from Belgrade to Moscow was turned around and evacuated after a bomb alert, Serbian police said on Friday. Belgrade Airport received an email saying an explosive device was planted on Air Serbia's flight to Moscow, police said in an email. The plane was then turned back shortly after takeoff and is being controlled by police, the statement said. Air Serbia is the only airline in Europe still flying to and from Russia as Serbia has refused to join Western sanctions against its traditional ally in Ukraine. Air Serbia has increased the number of flights to Russia due to high demand. ATHENS, Greece - The head of the Greek Orthodox Church has contacted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine to offer assistance in housing refugees fleeing the war-torn country. Archbishop Ieronymos, who heads the Greek Church, said in a statement on Friday that he had called Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and promised "full support" for Ukraine, adding that communities across Greece had received a request to provide assistance. So far, only several thousand refugees have traveled to Greece from Ukraine - out of the 2.5 million who have fled the country - but Greek authorities expect that number to increase in the coming weeks. The Greek Church has recognized the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine despite strong opposition from the Russian Orthodox Church. ISTANBUL - Turkey evacuated its embassy in Kyiv on Friday, a foreign ministry spokesman said. The order to leave Kyiv came as Russian forces were spreading through the city and likely stepping up artillery and rocket attacks. Many countries ordered diplomatic personnel out of Kyiv before Russia launched its February 24 invasion. Turkey has close ties with both Ukraine and Russia and is trying to mediate between its warring Black Sea neighbors. VERSAILLES, France - Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed the importance of staying in touch with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but stressed that "we will not make any decisions for Ukrainians." Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, who has spoken frequently with the Russian head of state, spoke together with Putin on Thursday. After an EU summit on Friday, Scholz said: "It is absolutely necessary that we do not let the conversation break." The Elysee announced on Friday that Macron and Scholz would speak to Putin again on Saturday. Scholz emphasized that he and Macron would coordinate closely with each other and with the Ukrainian leadership - and that a ceasefire was the top priority. Scholz said it's good that talks are happening, but they shouldn't drag on while "guns are destroying people's lives, buildings, infrastructure and dreams every day." The chancellor said there was “a very clear principle: we will not make any decisions for the Ukrainians. BELGRADE, Serbia -- Germany's foreign minister has urged Serbia, which has not imposed sanctions on traditional ally Russia over the war in Ukraine, to align its policies with the European Union if it wants to join the bloc. Annalena Baerbock said in Serbia's capital Belgrade on Friday that "we all need to have a clear position" on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Baerbock said, launched a "shameless campaign of destruction" targeting "maternity wards, schools, (people's) houses." While Serbia has criticized the attack on Ukraine and voted to condemn the attack in the United Nations, Belgrade has declined to join Western sanctions against Moscow. Historically considered a friendly nation, Russia remains popular with Serbs, particularly for Moscow's support for Serbia's resistance to Western-backed independence of the breakaway former province of Kosovo. N. Vote and offer to accept Ukrainian refugees. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that "Serbia has a very firm and clear position" and has "done nothing that would harm Ukraine". MOSCOW - Russia's communications and media regulator says it is restricting national access to Instagram because the platform "spreads calls for acts of violence against Russian citizens, including military personnel." The regulator, called Roskomnadzor, took the step on Friday as Russia ramps up its invasion of Ukraine. Earlier Friday, Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, said in a statement tweeted by its spokesman Andy Stone that it had "accounted for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules on violent speech, like e.g. Death to the Russian invaders". The statement stressed that the company "still will not allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians." PRAGUE - Prague City Hall has started preparing temporary shelters for a surge in refugees from Ukraine after the Czech capital ran out of accommodation for them. The government estimates that up to 200,000 refugees - 55% of them children - have arrived in the Czech Republic, an EU and NATO member that does not border Ukraine. About 25% of the refugees entering the country have gone to Prague. Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib has asked the heads of 22 districts to set up at least 100 beds in school gyms and to provide the refugees with food there. Hrib compared the current situation in Prague to Germany, which faced waves of refugees during a European migrant crisis in 2015-16. "The difference is that Germany had months to react, we only have days," said Hrib. ANTALYA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted that the war in Ukraine could have been avoided had the world spoken out against Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Erdogan was speaking at a diplomatic forum on Friday near Turkey's Mediterranean city of Antalya, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met a day earlier for talks moderated by Turkey's foreign minister. Erdogan said Turkey will continue its peace efforts. COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Finnish President Sauli Niinistö discussed the war in Ukraine in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Niinistö's office said in a statement that it had informed Putin that earlier in the day he had spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the phone and that Zelenskyy was ready to speak to Putin directly. The statement said Niinistö called for an immediate ceasefire and the safe evacuation of civilians, but also spoke with Putin about the safety of nuclear power plants in Ukraine. BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's prime minister said on Friday that sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union would not include a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas. In a video posted to his social media channels after a meeting of EU leaders in Versailles, France, Viktor Orban said it was possible that the war in Ukraine "would drag on", but that "the most important thing "There will be no sanctions on oil and gas, which means that Hungary's energy supply is guaranteed for the foreseeable future," Orban said. Orban, widely considered the Kremlin's closest ally in the EU, has backed the bloc's sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, Hungary's neighbor. But he still insists that the energy sector be exempted from the sanctions, arguing that such a move would hurt EU countries more than Russia. Last year, Hungary extended a natural gas deal with Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom by 15 years and secured a 12 billion euro ($13.6 billion) Russian construction and financing deal to add two nuclear reactors to Hungary's only nuclear power plant . Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces have reached "a strategic turning point," while Russia's president says there are "certain positive developments" in talks between the warring countries. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday: "It is impossible to say how many more days it will take us to liberate our country, but it is possible to say that we will do it because ... we are reaching a strategic turning point have." He didn't elaborate. He said authorities are working on 12 humanitarian corridors and trying to ensure people in need get food, medicine and basic necessities. Speaking on video showing him in front of the Presidential Administration in Kyiv, he spoke about the 16th day of the war in both Ukrainian and Russian. Meanwhile, in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there had been positive developments in talks between the warring countries, but he did not give details on what those developments were. Putin met Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for talks on Friday and told him that negotiations with Ukraine are "now going on almost daily".

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