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  • Russia has obstructed the adoption of a joint declaration by a United Nations nuclear disarmament conference, the BBC reported. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which is reviewed every five years by its 191 signatories, attempts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Russia objected to language in a draft that expressed “grave concern” about military activity near Ukraine’s nuclear plants, particularly in Zaporizhzhia.
  • The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine is at risk of a radioactive leak due to Russian forces’ shelling, according to Ukraine’s official energy operator Energoatom, Politico noted. Russia has “repeatedly shelled” the complex, Europe’s largest nuclear station, in recent days, according to Energoatom. Meanwhile, UN atomic agency inspectors are set to undertake an emergency visit to the nuclear power facility early next week, following a breakthrough in negotiations over access, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin announced over the weekend a series of benefits that will be provided to specific individuals who travel to Russia from Ukraine, the Hill wrote. Disabled people, pregnant mothers, and the elderly who have relocated from Ukraine to Russia will receive financial assistance. The Russian government has already begun compensating people who migrate to the country from Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk areas, which Russia claims to be part of its nation.

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