US official: “Unlikely” that Moscow will use atomic weapons in Ukraine
“It is highly unlikely” that Russia will resort to using nuclear weapons. “This is our current assessment,” said Avril Haines, director of the US Intelligence Community, during a hearing in the US Senate Armed Services Committee, according to Reuters.
The Ukrainians destroyed their own drone after it went out of control over Kiev
Ukraine shot down its own drone after it began to fly uncontrollably over Kiev, the Air Force Command said in a statement.
The Baykartar TV2 drone was taking part in a planned flight over the region when it “lost control”, the Air Force said.
“Since the uncontrolled flight of the drone in the sky of the capital could have led to undesirable consequences, the decision was made to use mobile fire groups”,
The statement stated that the drone probably suffered a technical failure.
Earlier, the head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said that an enemy drone was shot down in Kiev.
Russia rejects claims that military equipment and explosives were used at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation accused Russia of placing weapons, explosives and military equipment in one of the plant’s units. The inspectorate said it received the information during its weekly meeting with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency the day before.
“In the event of an emergency at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, with a possible release of radioactive substances into the environment, the consequences will be felt not only by Ukraine, but will have a cross-border character,” the inspectorate said.
Vladimir Rogov, a member of the military-civilian administration appointed by Russia in the occupied Zaporozhye region, qualified the claims as “a lie”.
“We do not use the nuclear power plant as a military installation, this has already been proven by everyone and confirmed several times,” Rogov told the Russian state news agency TASS.
Officials from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN will meet in Istanbul to discuss the grain deal
Representatives from the United Nations, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine will meet today in Istanbul to discuss the grain corridor, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said on Thursday.
After the meeting of the delegations, the deputy ministers will meet next week in Istanbul, Akar said. The agreement on the grain corridor is to be concluded on May 18, and the discussions aim to extend it.
“The impression we got from the meetings and the speeches is that these works will have a positive result. We are working for it, we are striving for it,” said the official.
Initially, a meeting of deputy ministers had been announced for May 5, but Akar said there was a “need to hold a meeting” with technical staff before the other meeting.
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