Ukraine and Russia: what you need to know now


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Escalating an energy war between Russia and the West, Moscow announced it would keep its main gas pipeline to Germany closed and G7 countries said they expected a price cap on Russian oil exports.

ENERGY

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* Russia has closed one of its main gas supply routes to Europe, stoking fears of winter fuel shortages and highlighting differences between Gazprom and Germany’s Siemens Energy over repair work of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

* Germany’s gas supply situation is currently secure, but the situation is tense and further deterioration cannot be ruled out, the country’s network regulator said after Gazprom extended the shutdown of Nord Stream 1.

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* The European Union expects Russia to honor existing energy contracts but is ready to rise to the challenge if it does not, said Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni.

* G7 finance ministers agreed on Friday to impose a price cap on Russian oil aimed at reducing revenue from Moscow’s war in Ukraine while maintaining the flow of crude to avoid price spikes, but their statement omitted key details.

NUCLEAR PLANT

* Ukrainian forces attempted to capture the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in an attack on the facility on Friday evening, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its daily briefing.

* Russia said its forces foiled the attack with strikes from military helicopters and fighter jets, destroying 20 Ukrainian ships and causing others to disperse and call off the attack.

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* Reuters was unable to verify the report.

* Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations of attacks on the power station, Europe’s largest nuclear plant, in recent months.

* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that his country could play a facilitating role regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, his office said.

QUOTATION

“Unfortunately, we have not heard the main thing from the IAEA, namely the call for Russia to demilitarize the (nuclear) plant,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday in a video posted on an online forum. Italy.

(Compiled by William Mallard and Frances Kerry)

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