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  • Ukraine’s nuclear inspectorate said Russian forces had captured Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant, Europe’s largest, after it caught on fire during Russian shelling, Reuters reported. The fire at the plant was brought under control but UK leader Boris Johnson, echoing worries over radiation and a nuclear accident, called for a special emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, the AP wrote.
  • The second round of talks between delegations from Ukraine and Russia ended Thursday with the two sides creating humanitarian corridors, according to Al Jazeera, and exploring limited cease-fires. The agreement comes as Russian forces encircled southern cities, with some Ukrainian officials warning the cities were running out of supplies. A senior French official said a Thursday call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron left Macron convinced that “the worst is yet to come” and that Putin aims to control all of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday said that Russia has no intention of starting a nuclear war, adding that it is prepared to press on in its invasion of Ukraine until “the end,” the Hill reported.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday said that 16,000 foreigners have answered his call for volunteers to fight for Ukraine, the Washington Post reported. Russia says these fighters won’t be seen as legal combatants and granted prisoner-of-war status and instead could be prosecuted by Russia. “We are urging all foreign citizens who may have plans to go and fight for Kyiv’s nationalist regime to think a dozen times before getting on the way,” said a Russian defense ministry spokesman.
  • Former Soviet republics, Georgia and Moldova, formally applied for European Union membership, accelerating their timetable for joining the bloc because of worries over their own security due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Radio Free Europe noted.

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