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Weekend update: ZNPP mining and Prigozhin's revolt in Russia

Weekend update: ZNPP mining and Prigozhin's revolt in Russia Weekend update (RBC-Ukraine collage)
Author: Maria Kholina

Russia has reportedly planted explosives in the cooling pool and four power units of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, while the leader of the Wagner Private Military Company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, staged a rebellion against the Russian leadership.

More details about the weekend events in the article by RBC-Ukraine.

Russia's war against Ukraine

June 24 news:

  • Russia launches missiles at Ukraine from the Caspian Sea;
  • Occupying forces carry out artillery and missile strikes on the Dnipro region;
  • Ukrainian armed forces initiate an offensive on multiple fronts in the east of the country;
  • Lavrov (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation) shatters Lukashenko's dreams of nuclear weapons.

June 25 news:

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces destroy three Russian tanks near Kurdiumivka;
  • Russians kill a pro-Ukrainian teenager in Berdiansk;
  • Occupying forces compel owners of flooded buildings in the Kherson region to apply for Russian passports;
  • Collaborators begin to flee from the Kherson region to Crimea;
  • Russians drop a chemical projectile on Ukrainian Armed Forces, but the wind was blowing in the Russians' direction;
  • Defense forces on the Tavria front eliminate almost three Russian companies of soldiers.

Mining of Zaporizhia NPP

The head of Ukraine's military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, warned that Russia has completed preparations for an attack on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. According to him, the cooling pool of the facility has been mined by Russian forces.

Ukrainian military intelligence also managed to determine that Russian troops have deployed explosives near four out of six power units.

Prigozhin's rebellion in Russia

On Saturday, June 24, after midnight, Prigozhin (chief of Russian state-backed mercenary company Wagner Group) announced that his forces were moving through the Rostov region, and by morning, Wagner mercenaries had seized military facilities in Rostov, including the headquarters of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation. Following this, the Wagner mercenaries' column set off towards Moscow.

However, by the evening, the founder of the Wagner Group unexpectedly decided to abandon his rebellion and the march on Moscow.

Prigozhin's statement was preceded by a message from the press service of self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, which stated that the Belarusian dictator convinced the Wagner leader to initiate de-escalation and halt their advance on Moscow.

According to Lukashenko, Prigozhin was offered an "absolutely advantageous and acceptable solution to the situation," which guarantees the safety of Wagner militants.

Yermak discusses peace formula with advisors from over 10 countries

The meeting took place in Copenhagen with advisors on national security and political advisors. Representatives from Brazil, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the EU, Italy, India, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Turkey, France, and Japan were present.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the President's Office, said that Ukraine once again presented the peace formula to the advisors. The advisors also discussed the global peace summit.

Drunk police officer causes fatal accident in the Kirovohrad region, Ukraine

The accident occurred during the night of June 25. Law enforcement officers have determined that the driver responsible was an intoxicated police officer.

As a result of the accident, three 17-year-old teenagers died: two died at the scene, while another girl died in the ambulance.

British fighter jets have intercepted over 20 Russian aircraft near NATO in three weeks
Over the past three weeks, British fighter jets have intercepted more than 20 Russian aircraft flying near NATO's airspace. In total, 21 Russian aircraft were intercepted within 21 days.

Meta to remove news from Facebook and Instagram in Canada

The Canadian Senate has approved an Internet news law that requires companies such as Meta and Google to pay publishers for their news content. In response, Meta has decided to test the feature of removing news from social media platforms.