On Wednesday 31 August, the IAEA experts begin their four-day visit

On Wednesday 31 August, the IAEA experts begin their four-day visit

In the nuclear context, the team of technicians from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Kyiv on Monday evening, leaving from Vienna. Now, starting from Wednesday and ending on Saturday, the IAEA specialists will inspect the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the director of the institution, Rafael Grossi, said, notes the Italian agency ANSA.

Thus, the situation in the plant, in the hands of the Russian invasion forces, has been at the center of tensions between Moscow and Kyiv for days.

Russia and Ukraine continue to accuse each other of the tense situation surrounding the plant

The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced that the “Kyiv regime is committing nuclear terrorism” in Zaporozhye, and on Monday evening officials from Energodar, the plant’s host city, told TASS that two explosions had been recorded at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which – they attributed to an attack by the Ukrainian army.

According to officials, Kiev wants to undermine the IAEA’s mission at the plant.

Ukrainians, meanwhile, denounce that Russian forces have captured 485 civilians in the Zaporozhye region and 207 of them “are still being held hostage”, according to a report by the regional military administration, according to “Ukrinform”.

“In the Zaporozhye region, the occupiers captured 485 civilians, of whom 207 are still being held hostage,” the Administration said, noting that 278 people were released. As is known, the first deputy mayor of Energodar, Ivan Samoidiuk, and the mayor of Dniprorudne, Ievhen Matveev, are both detained by the Russians, reports ANSA.

Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson. However, Russia claims that it is fake news

Ukraine has announced that it has launched a counter-offensive in the Kherson region in the south of the country, and still this morning the presidency in Kyiv is talking about heavy fighting going on in “almost the entire territory of Kherson”.

But according to the Russian leader in Crimea, Sergei Aksionov, the counter-offensive is a “fake news of Ukrainian propaganda”, and on the contrary, the Ukrainians are suffering “extreme losses in the south and in all other sectors, but they have to demonstrate the activities to their Western masters”.

A denial also came from the pro-Russian deputy governor of Kherson, Kirill Stremousov, who said there had been bombings targeting “civilians”. “No one is freeing Kherson. No one is retreating anywhere,” he added. The head of the pro-Russian administration of Novaya Kakhovka, in the Kherson region, said for his part that the Ukrainians had attacked the area, causing serious damage and casualties.

“The damage is very serious. Fires and explosions continue,” he said, adding that information on casualties and damage was being verified. According to the pro-Russians, several attacks by Ukrainian troops took place in the region and “several schools and social infrastructure were destroyed, many houses were damaged.”

The Ukrainian presidency, for its part, speaks of “intense fighting” with Russian forces, which began yesterday in “almost all” of the occupied southern Kherson region, with “heavy explosions throughout the day on Monday and throughout the night.

Heavy fighting is underway on almost the entire territory of the region,” the presidency said in its morning briefing, adding that Ukrainian troops “launched offensive actions in various directions.”

British Secret Service Analysis

In addition, according to the British intelligence daily bulletin, most Russian units in the Kherson region are likely undermanned and rely on fragile supply lines via ferries and bridges over the Dnieper River.

The report published by the Ministry of Defense in London points out that the 49th Joint Army of the Southern Military District (SMD) was most likely reinforced with men from the 35th Joint Army of the Eastern Military District (EMD).

And according to reports in London, the integration of these two units suggests a “significant reorganization” of Russian forces in Ukraine. “There is a realistic possibility that Russia took steps to streamline the various semi-independent operational commands that contributed to its poor performance early in the invasion,” the report notes.