es Vienna, August 19, 2022
Numerous diplomatic moves yesterday to try to avoid what the visiting UN Secretary-General Gutierrez, President Erdogan of Turkey, and Ukrainian President Zelensky say risks becoming another Chornobyl at Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear plant, now under Russian control. Details of visit on Deutsche Welle.
Elsewhere on Day 176 of the war, Eurotopics provides an excellent round-up of press reaction to explosions in occupied Crimea, with useful links to related stories.
…says Zelensky. Many experts agree it could go on for a very long time, having after all started in 2014. Meanwhile, sudden personnel changes on the Russian side include the firing of its Black Sea commander. Turmoil at a senior level in Ukraine’s government too following the sacking of senior officials a month ago, with accusations of spookery and betrayal.
- LRB 18/08/21 Novelist James Meek reports from Ukraine. Includes his stunning short film of everyday life in city of Mykolaiv. See also his 25/02/22 LRB article on life in Kiev as the invasion loomed.
- RFE/RL 17/08/22 Russia and China to hold joint military exercises
- Channel 4, London 16/08/22 Bombings in Crimea – sabotage blamed
- Grid News: 13/01/22 article by excellent new website on another ominous development thousands of miles away, but connected with Ukraine: threats against Taiwan. Detailed and balanced picture of what to expect if or when China invades what it insists must be part of One China.