Ukraine and Russia: what you need to know now


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Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant again lost external power, while Moscow shut down its main gas pipeline to Germany in what has become an energy war between Russia and the West.

ZAPORIZHZHIA PLANT

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* The Zaporizhzhia power plant continues to supply electricity to the grid through a reserve line despite losing connection to the last remaining main external power line, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Saturday.

* An official of the Russian-installed administration in Zaporizhzhia told a radio station that the situation around the nuclear power plant was calm so far on Sunday. Speaking to Komsomolskaya Pravda radio, official Igor Rogov said there had been no shelling or incursions.

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* Russia said on Saturday it foiled a Ukrainian attempt to take over the factory with strikes from military helicopters and fighter jets, destroying 20 Ukrainian ships.

* Reuters could not verify the report. Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations of attacks on the factory for months.

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

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* Gas ​​storage facilities in Germany met the October target of 85% despite the prolonged shutdown of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline bringing gas from Russia, data from European operator group GIE showed on Saturday.

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

(Compiled by William Mallard and Frances Kerry)

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