Ukraine’s external creditors have accepted its request to freeze for two years payments on account of international bonds worth about 20 billion dollars, a way by which Kiev avoids insolvency.

The UN Security Council meets on Thursday on the topic of the situation at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, which the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, says is “extremely serious”.

A Ukrainian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Ukrainian Army was involved in the explosions at the Russian air base in Crimea.

Mol, Hungary’s largest refiner, announced on Wednesday that it had paid transit tariffs owed by Russia to Ukraine to settle a dispute that led to the disruption of oil supplies through the Drujba pipeline.

Mihailo Podoliak, the adviser to the head of the administration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, rejected the responsibility of Kiev for the explosions produced a day ago at an air base in Crimea.

The sale-purchase contract of the first cargo of grain exported by Ukraine after the invasion of Russia, on February 24, in Lebanon, was canceled due to the delay in delivery, announces the Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon, reports AFP.

A senior Ukrainian official has suggested that the series of explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea may have been the work of partisans. Kiev has denied any responsibility for the incident deep in Russian-occupied territory, according to Reuters.

Russia has “almost certainly” created a major new formation of land forces to support forces already involved in its military campaign in Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday, quoted by Reuters.

Thirteen civilians were killed in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in Russian bombings in the Nikopol and Krivorojski districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine.

Several explosions took place on Tuesday at a Russian air base in the western part of the Crimean peninsula. At least one person died and five were injured.

The Russian forces occupying the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye are preparing to connect it to Crimea and damage it by making this reorientation of electricity production, the Ukrainian operator Energoatom warned on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky states that Russia’s war against Ukraine and all of free Europe began with Crimea and must end with the liberation of Crimea.

Ukraine’s president has called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on Russians, an idea that has found support among some European states but has angered Moscow, which has continued a tough military offensive in eastern Ukraine.

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