News and information from Ukraine

Dispatches from Ukraine, provided by the editorial team of Forbes Ukraine.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are essential. Forbes Ukraine journalists collect information and provide updates on the situation.

Friday August 26. Day 184. By Dmytro Aksyonov

The Ukrainian government has expanded the list of regions where it is carrying out mandatory evacuations, announced Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories. The newly expanded list includes parts of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya and Mykolaiv regions, in addition to the already announced Donetsk region, where the government says it is unable to guarantee security during the winter. As the war drags on and the heating season is fast approaching, the plight of those left behind in the frontline territories has received more attention, especially with the rapidly changing situation at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya.

The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant was reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid and started supplying electricity again, reports the Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom. Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located in southern Ukraine and currently under Russian control, was disconnected from the Ukrainian grid for the first time in its history on Thursday after a fire caused by bombing damaged a line electricity, according to the Ukrainian government. . The nuclear power plant supplied more than 20% of Ukraine’s electricity needs before the start of the large-scale Russian invasion and is the main source of electricity for the southern regions of the country.

Advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy, Lana Zerkal, said that an IAEA mission is due to visit the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant next week, and logistics routes are being developed. His claim is supported by earlier reports that the agency aims to visit the factory before September 5 as part of an already scheduled two-week international mission.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that if Germany will continue to support Ukraine in its war against Russia, it will not supply the country with any weapons with which it could strike Russian territory, joining other NATO leaders, like US President Joe Biden, in using similar language.

Scholz said that while his country unequivocally condemns Russia’s “war of imperialist conquest”, it seeks to avoid further escalation, as any confrontation between NATO and Russia would be a “different type of war” and would have enormous negative consequences for humanity.

EU should to call an emergency meeting of energy ministers as gas prices hit an all-time European high of more than €321 per megawatt per hour on Friday, a staggering tenfold increase over last year’s price, threatening to send the region’s economy into a deep recession. The new record prices follow a startling announcement by Russian energy company Gazprom, which said it would soon shut down Nord Stream 1 – which brings gas from Russia to Germany – for a three-day maintenance operation, carried out alongside Siemens.

French energy giant TotalEnergies sells stake in Siberian gas field, owned in a joint venture with Novatek, to the Russian oil and gas company, the French energy company said on Friday, as criticism poured in on its business dealings in Russia. A spokesman declined to say whether the company would do anything with its 19% stake in Novatek itself, or any of its other businesses in the country. TotalEnergies has become the center of a scandal after a report by the French newspaper The world alleged he helped produce gas condensate that was eventually turned into jet fuel that was used by Russian forces to attack Ukraine, even after EU members including France imposed sanctions against Russia.