August 14, 2022

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Reside updates: UN chief warns warfare is hurting poor nations

By The Related Press

The newest developments on the Russia-Ukraine warfare:

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations chief warned Monday that Russia’s warfare on Ukraine is holding “a sword of Damocles” over the worldwide economic system, particularly poor growing nations that face skyrocketing meals, gasoline and fertilizer costs and at the moment are seeing their breadbasket “being bombed.”

Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres informed reporters that “Russia and Ukraine signify greater than half of the world’s provide of sunflower oil and about 30 p.c of the world’s wheat” and that “grain costs have already exceeded these firstly of the Arab Spring and the meals riots of 2007-2008.”

He informed reporters that 45 African and least developed nations import no less than one-third of their wheat from Ukraine and Russia, and 18 of them import no less than 50%. These nations embody Egypt, Congo, Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, he stated.

“All of that is hitting the poorest the toughest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest across the globe,” Guterres warned.


SEOUL, South Korea –Korean Air says it should droop passenger and cargo flights to Moscow and Vladivostok no less than by means of late April, citing considerations about airport operation and security amid Russia’s warfare with Ukraine.

The South Korean airline additionally stated it should additionally reroute cargo flights to Western Europe that had transited by means of Moscow in order that they might go by means of China, Kazakhstan and Turkey as an alternative.

The airline has additionally been avoiding Russian and Ukrainian airspace on its flights to East Coast U.S. cities.


KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations will proceed Tuesday.

Talking in a video deal with, Zelenskyy stated that the Ukrainian delegation did good work throughout Monday’s talks. He didn’t present additional particulars.

He stated he spoke Monday to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as a part of efforts to “rapidly finish the warfare” and obtain “sincere peace.” Bennett, who has sought to mediate a peaceable settlement, additionally spoke Monday to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Zelenskyy hailed a Russian state TV worker who interrupted the principle night information program on Russian Channel 1 by working right into a studio with a poster towards the warfare in Ukraine. The worker was later arrested by police.

The Ukrainian president once more addressed the Russian troopers, urging them to cease preventing and saying: “I’m providing you an opportunity to outlive.”

In a bid to shore up the economic system badly battered by the warfare, Zelenskyy introduced a plan to sharply scale back taxes for enterprise.


The Kremlin-backed chief of the Russian area of Chechnya says that Chechen fighters are spearheading a Russian offensive on the strategic port of Mariupol.

Chechnya’s regional chief Ramzan Kadyrov stated on the messaging app Telegram that Chechen fighters went 1.5 kilometers (about 1 mile) contained in the Azov Sea metropolis earlier than pausing their assault when night time fell.

Kadyrov stated his shut affiliate Adam Delimkhanov is main Chechen fighters in Mariupol.


LVIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian navy says it has repelled a Russian try to take management of the strategic port of Mariupol.

The Ukrainian navy’s Basic Workers stated in an announcement that Russian forces retreated after struggling losses.

The Russian navy has besieged the Azov Sea port metropolis of 430,000 for every week and a half, leaving its residents determined for energy, water and meals. Greater than 2,500 residents of Mariupol have been killed by the Russian shelling.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated in televised remarks that Russian shelling on Monday thwarted one other try to ship meals and medicines to the town.

A humanitarian convoy of 160 civilian vehicles left Mariupol after repeated failures to evacuate civilians due to Russian shelling.


The destiny of a whole lot of planes leased by Russian airways from international firms grew murkier Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a regulation letting the airways register these planes and proceed flying them.

Russian state media stated the regulation will let Russian airways preserve their fleets and function international planes on routes inside Russia.

Most of the planes utilized by Russian airways are leased from international firms, together with a number of in Eire, a member of the European Union. Final month, the EU banned the sale or leasing of planes to Russia as a part of sanctions to punish Russia for invading Ukraine. It gave leasing firms till March 28 to finish present contracts in Russia.

Final week, Russia’s air-transport company suggested airways with foreign-registered planes to not take them in a foreign country due to the danger they could possibly be repossessed.

Varied estimates place the variety of foreign-owned planes operated by Russian airways at round 500 or extra, and the overwhelming majority of them had been inside Russia when the warfare began Feb. 24. Aviation consulting agency Ishka estimates that the foreign-owned planes are price $12 billion, almost half of that by Irish-based lessors.


BRUSSELS — The European Union introduced late Monday that the 27-nation bloc has authorised a fourth set of sanctions to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

France, which holds the EU presidency, stated in an announcement that the bloc authorised a package deal concentrating on “people and entities concerned within the aggression towards Ukraine,” together with sectors of the Russian economic system.

The precise particulars of the most recent package deal shall be revealed within the EU’s official journal.

For the reason that warfare began final month, the EU has adopted robust measures concentrating on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s monetary system and the nation’s oligarchs. Final week, the bloc agreed to slap additional sanctions on 160 people and added new restrictions on the export of maritime navigation and radio communication know-how.


MADRID — Spain’s prime minister says that authorities within the northeastern metropolis of Barcelona have “immobilized” an 85-meter (279-foot) superyacht valued at 140 million euros ($153 million) whereas hyperlinks to a outstanding Russian armament tycoon are investigated.

The boat, named Valerie, has been moored at an unique shipyard within the port.

The yacht is linked by means of an intricate community of shell firms to Sergei Chemezov, the pinnacle of the Rostec state protection conglomerate, based on a consortium of journalists that final 12 months investigated the so-called Pandora Papers involving the murky monetary offers of the world’s richest folks.

Chemezov is a former KGB agent who has lengthy been near Russian President Vladimir Putin. The European Union final week included him in a listing of sanctioned people over Moscow’s warfare on Ukraine.

“Immediately we’ve quickly immobilized a yacht of certainly one of Russia’s most outstanding oligarchs, and there shall be extra to return,” Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated late Monday throughout an interview in LaSexta tv.

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Fox Information reporter Benjamin Corridor was injured whereas reporting outdoors of Kyiv on Monday and was hospitalized, the community stated.

Corridor is a Washington-based correspondent who covers the U.S. State Division for Fox Information, the place he has labored since 2015.

“Now we have a minimal degree of particulars proper now, however Ben is hospitalized and our groups on the bottom are working to assemble further data because the state of affairs rapidly unfolds,” Fox Information Media CEO Suzanne Scott stated in a message to Fox workers.

Fox’s John Roberts learn Scott’s assertion about Corridor on the air at Fox.


NEW YORK — The stay predominant night information program on Russia’s state tv was briefly interrupted Monday by an individual who walked into the studio holding a poster towards the warfare in Ukraine.

The OVD-Data web site that screens political arrests recognized the girl who interrupted the published on Channel 1 as Marina Ovsyannikova. The web site stated Ovsyannikova was detained and brought into police custody.

OVD-Data posted a video wherein Ovsyannikova recognized herself as an worker of Channel 1 and spoke towards the warfare.

“What’s going on now’s against the law,” she stated. “Russia is an aggressor nation and Vladimir Putin is solely accountable for that aggression.”


NEW YORK — Russia’s warfare towards Ukraine is threatening the worldwide meals provide and placing growing nations, particularly the world’s poorest, in danger, the United Nations chief and the pinnacle of the U.N. meals company warned on Monday.

Greater than 40 African and least-developed nations import no less than one-third of their wheat from Ukraine and Russia, and 18 of them import no less than 50%, U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres informed reporters. These nations embody Egypt, Congo, Burkina Faso, Leban, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, he stated.

“All of that is hitting the poorest the toughest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest across the globe,” the secretary-general warned.

David Beasley, government director of the World Meals Program, informed The Related Press throughout a go to to the Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv that fifty% of the grain this system buys to feed “the 125 million folks we attain on any given day, week or month” comes from Ukraine, as does 20% of the world’s provide of corn.

“So (the warfare) goes to have a dynamic international catastrophic influence,” Beasley stated.

Guterres introduced an extra $40 million from the U.N.’s emergency fund to get vital provides of meals, water and medication into Ukraine, the place no less than 1.9 million individuals are displaced.


JERUSALEM — Israel plans to arrange a subject hospital to offer medical therapy for refugees in western Ukraine, officers stated Monday.

The mission is spearheaded by the nation’s international and well being ministries, based on an announcement from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s workplace. The hospital needs to be operational by subsequent week, the international ministry stated.

“It’s an initiative that not many nations can take upon themselves, and Israel has this skill and we’re going ahead,” Bennett stated.

The International Ministry stated the hospital will function for month, offering refugees with an emergency room, a supply room, and different companies.

It has dubbed the operation Kochav Meir — Hebrew for “Shining Star” — after the nation’s first feminine prime minister, Golda Meir, who was born in Ukraine and based the International Ministry’s worldwide growth unit.

Israel has good relations with each Ukraine and Russia and has labored as an middleman between the 2 nations since Russia invaded on Feb. 24. In latest days, nevertheless, International Minister Yair Lapid has develop into more and more outspoken in his condemnations of Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor.


MOSCOW — The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin has had one other name with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to speak about Ukraine.

Bennett informed Putin about his contacts with different heads of states, and Putin shared his assessments of talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives by way of video calls, the Kremlin stated in an announcement.

A senior Israeli official stated Bennett’s dialog with Putin lasted 90 minutes, with discussions specializing in cease-fire talks and humanitarian points. The official spoke on situation of anonymity to debate diplomatic issues. Bennett’s workplace later stated that the prime minister additionally spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday. It didn’t elaborate.

Bennett has visited Moscow for talks and has had quite a few cellphone calls with Putin, Zelenskyy and Western leaders as he seeks to mediate an finish to the warfare in Ukraine.

Israel is likely one of the few nations to have good working relations with each Russia and Ukraine, although in latest days International Minister Yair Lapid has develop into more and more outspoken in his condemnations of Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor.


Related Press author Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem contributed to this report.


WASHINGTON — The Russian navy was largely stalled in its tried advance in Ukraine on Monday and made little progress over the weekend, a senior U.S. protection official stated.

The official additionally stated the Russians haven’t taken whole management of the airspace. The official stated the entire Russian navy forces that had been arrayed across the nation at the moment are inside, and that the Russians nonetheless retain about 90% of their fight capabilities. The official stated there aren’t any indications the Russians are attempting to usher in reinforcements.

The official spoke on situation of anonymity to debate navy assessments.

The official additionally stated the U.S. has not accomplished any coaching of the Ukrainian navy within the nation for the reason that Florida Nationwide Guard forces left because the warfare was starting. And the official stated a navy coaching base the Russians hit in western Ukraine on Sunday near the Polish border wasn’t getting used as a cargo web site for U.S. navy provides to Ukraine.


Related Press Nationwide Safety Reporter Lolita Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.


MOSCOW — The Russian navy says it should perform strikes to knock out Ukrainian navy industries.

Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated Monday that the Russian forces will “take measures to incapacitate enterprises of Ukraine’s military-industrial complicated concerned in manufacturing and upkeep and restore of weapons.”

He urged staff of these crops and residents of close by areas to go away “probably harmful zones.”

Konashenkov’s assertion got here hours after Ukrainian authorities stated two folks had been killed when the Russian forces struck the Antonov aircraft-making plant on the outskirts of Kyiv, sparking a big hearth.

The Russian navy additionally stated that it’ll proceed to focus on any international fighters who’ve come to Ukraine.

Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated that the Russian forces will present “no mercy for mercenaries wherever they’re within the territory of Ukraine.”

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WASHINGTON — The White Home is weighing the potential for President Joe Biden touring to Europe within the coming weeks for face-to-face talks with European leaders concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, based on three U.S. officers acquainted with the deliberations.

The possible journey is but to be finalized. One potential vacation spot for the conferences could be Brussels, which is the headquarters for NATO, one of many officers stated Monday. One other official stated the White Home was Biden visiting NATO headquarters on March 24, with different potential stops in Europe.

The entire officers spoke on the situation of anonymity as none was allowed to remark publicly.

Biden’s potential journey would comply with Vice President Kamala Harris’ go to to the japanese flank NATO nations of Poland and Romania final week to debate with leaders there the rising refugee disaster in japanese Europe sparked by the Russian invasion. The journey would underscore the Biden administration’s assist for NATO allies. NBC Information first reported that the discussions for a possible Biden journey are underway.

Related Press writers Aamer Madhani and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.


KYIV, Ukraine — A Russian rocket assault on a tv tower within the western village of Antopol on Monday morning killed 9 folks, based on the governor of the Rivne area. The village is just about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the border of NATO member Poland.

The assault got here only a day after Russian missiles pounded a navy coaching base in western Ukraine, near the Polish border, killing 35 folks. That assault raised fears that NATO could possibly be drawn into direct battle with Russia.

The bottom had served beforehand as a vital hub for cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.

The senior U.S. protection official stated the bottom was not getting used on the time as a cargo web site for U.S. navy provides to Ukraine.

Ukrainian authorities additionally stated two folks died and 7 had been injured after Russian forces struck an airplane manufacturing unit within the capital of Kyiv, and that two folks had been killed within the northern Obolonskyi district of the capital when Russian artillery hearth hit a nine-story residence constructing. They stated a Russian airstrike within the capital’s downtown space Monday killed one individual and wounded six others.

The United Nations has recorded no less than 596 civilian deaths since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, although it believes the true toll is way greater.


ANKARA, Turkey — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says there can solely be a diplomatic resolution to the battle in Ukraine and referred to as on Russia to instantly cease its assaults on the nation.

Scholz stated Monday throughout a go to to Turkey that “with every day, with every bomb, Russia is transferring additional away from the worldwide neighborhood.”

Talking after a gathering with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Scholz praised Turkey for closing the Bosphorus to warships from events to the battle in Ukraine. The transfer primarily impacts Russia’s entry to the Mediterranean from the Black Sea.


BELGRADE, Serbia — A flight from Belgrade to Moscow turned again Monday following the second false bomb risk in 4 days, Serbian police stated.

The Belgrade airport obtained an electronic mail saying that an explosive system had been planted on the AirSerbia flight to Moscow, police stated in an announcement. The identical occurred final Friday.

The aircraft was turned again shortly after takeoff, and after being checked by police, the alarm turned out to be false, the assertion stated.

Apart from some Turkish carriers, Serbia’s nationwide airline AirSerbia is the one airline in Europe nonetheless flying to and from Russia. Serbia, which formally seeks European Union membership however has maintained shut relations with ally Russia, has refused to affix an EU-imposed flight ban in response to the warfare in Ukraine.


MADRID — Spanish International Minister José Manuel Albares stated Monday that he has requested his Chinese language counterpart Wang Yi to make use of Beijing’s affect over Moscow to finish the warfare in Ukraine.

“We’re at a historic second that requires accountability and imaginative and prescient of all world leaders,” Albares informed Wang throughout a phone dialog on Monday, based on an announcement from the ministry.

It stated that Albares condemned “the Russian aggression on Ukraine” by telling Wang that “Russia has undermined the foundations of peace and stability in Europe and threatens the worldwide neighborhood.”


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says the warfare in Ukraine reveals that these in energy haven’t discovered from the cruel classes of earlier wars over the previous century.

The Vatican has responded to the Russian invasion by sending a cardinal to go to refugees. The cardinal visited final week with a few of those that have taken refuge in Hungary. He’s scheduled to go to with others in Slovakia on Wednesday earlier than heading to Ukraine, the Holy See stated.

In a speech on the Vatican on Monday, the pope stated regional wars, particularly that in Ukraine, exhibit that “those that rule the destinies of peoples nonetheless haven’t absorbed the teachings of the tragedies of the twentieth century.”

A day earlier, in his strongest condemnation but of the warfare, the pontiff stated no strategic purpose may justify Russia’s assault on Ukraine.


PRISTINA, Kosovo — A European Union mission that helps keep safety and implement the rule of regulation in Kosovo is beefing up its police forces in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officers stated Monday.

A reserve unit of 92 members of the European Gendarmerie Power from Portugal, France and Italy will quickly deploy to Kosovo within the coming weeks, EULEX stated in an announcement. An advance staff was anticipated to reach Monday.

When it comes to offering safety and implementing the rule of regulation, EULEX’s police signify a second line of protection after Kosovo police. The NATO-led KFOR serves as a 3rd line of protection.

“Russia’s invasion in Ukraine places all the pieces in a distinct gentle,” stated EULEX spokesperson Ioanna Lachana. Lachana added that the “safety state of affairs in Kosovo stays steady.”

The 1998-1999 warfare in Kosovo, then a Serbian province, ended after a NATO navy intervention that pressured Serbia to withdraw its forces. The United Nations administered the territory for 9 years earlier than Kosovo declared independence in 2008, a transfer that Serbia doesn’t acknowledge.


UNITED NATIONS — Poland’s international minister is accusing Russia of “state terrorism” for concentrating on civilians, colleges, hospitals and different civilian infrastructure “in an try to interrupt the spirit of the Ukrainian folks.”

Zbigniew Rau informed the U.N. Safety Council Monday that Russia’s “unprovoked, unjustified and premeditated aggression” towards Ukraine was “poorly ready and executed (and) turned out to be a strategic and tactical failure.”

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“However as an alternative of stopping additional pointless deaths in its personal ranks, the Kremlin modified its ways,” he stated. “The invading power began to focus on the civilian inhabitants and infrastructure” in violation of the Geneva Conventions and worldwide humanitarian regulation to attempt to break the Ukrainian resistance.

Rau addressed the Safety Council’s annual assembly with the Group for Safety and Cooperation because the OSCE’s rotating chair.


SKOPJE, North Macedonia — The European Union’s international coverage chief says the 27-country bloc is finalizing its new spherical of sanctions towards Russia for its “barbaric” invasion of Ukraine.

Josep Borrell stated Monday that the fourth package deal of coercive measures would goal Russia’s market entry, membership in worldwide monetary establishments, and metal and vitality sectors.

“We’re itemizing extra firms and people taking part in an energetic function in supporting the individuals who undermine Ukrainian sovereignty,” Borrell stated, after talks in Skopje on Monday with North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski. “This might be one other main blow (to the) financial and logistic base upon which the Kremlin is constructing the invasion.”


LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated talks with Russia concluded for the day Monday however will resume on Tuesday.

The negotiations, which happened by video convention, had been the fourth spherical involving higher-level officers from the 2 nations and the primary held in every week. Earlier discussions, held in individual in Belarus, didn’t produce lasting humanitarian routes or agreements to finish the preventing in Ukraine.

“A technical pause has been taken within the negotiations till tomorrow,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter. “Negotiations proceed.”

He stated earlier that “communication is being held, but it’s laborious.”


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A deliberate NATO train with about 30,000 troops from greater than 25 nations from Europe and North America started in northern Norway on Monday.

NATO stated that the drill, named Chilly Response that features 200 plane and 50 vessels, was “not linked to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.”

The drill in NATO-member Norway, which shares a virtually 200-kilometer (124-mile) land border with Russia, shall be held just some hundred kilometers from the Russian border and was deliberate lengthy earlier than Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.


WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will ship an deal with by way of video to the U.S. Congress because the Russian warfare on his nation intensifies.

Zelenskyy will communicate on Wednesday to members of the Home and Senate, the Democratic leaders introduced.

“The Congress, our nation and the world are in awe of the folks of Ukraine,” stated Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer in an announcement Monday.

Congress not too long ago authorised $13.6 billion in emergency navy and humanitarian support for Ukraine.

“We look ahead to the privilege of welcoming President Zelenskyy’s deal with to the Home and Senate and to convey our assist to the folks of Ukraine as they bravely defend democracy,” the leaders stated.


MOSCOW — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday denied media experiences alleging that Russia requested China for navy help to assist advance its offensive in Ukraine.

“No, Russia has its personal potential to proceed the operation, which, as we’ve stated, is unfolding in accordance with the plan and shall be accomplished on time and in full,” Peskov informed his every day convention name with reporters.

Peskov additionally confused that the operation in Ukraine was going as deliberate and that the Russian navy had been making certain “the utmost safety of the civilian inhabitants.”

He stated that on the “starting of the operation” that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered the navy to chorus from “the speedy storming” of enormous cities together with Kyiv as a result of “armed nationalist formations arrange firing factors, place heavy navy gear instantly in residential areas, and preventing in densely populated areas will inevitably result in a number of casualties amongst civilians.”

He added that “on the identical time, the Protection Ministry, whereas making certain the utmost safety of the civilian inhabitants, doesn’t rule out the potential for taking full management of enormous settlements that at the moment are virtually surrounded, count on for areas used for humanitarian evacuation.”


MOSCOW — The Russian navy says that 20 civilians have been killed by a ballistic missile launched by the Ukrainian forces.

Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated that the Soviet-made Tochka-U missile on Monday hit the central a part of the japanese metropolis of Donetsk, the middle of the separatist Donetsk area.

He stated that one other 28 civilians, together with kids, had been significantly wounded by the missile that carried shrapnel warhead.

Konashenkov stated the missile was fired from an space northwest of Donetsk managed by Ukrainian forces. He charged that the shelling of the world of Donetsk that has no navy services represented a warfare crime.

Konashenkov’s declare couldn’t be independently verified.


WARSAW, Poland — Activists in Poland have been blocking Russian and Belarusian vehicles in an effort to stop them from crossing the Belarusian border with medicines, meals and spare elements for the Russian navy.

Belarus is allied with Russia. Activists worry that the products will assist reinforce the Russian navy because it intensifies its warfare towards Ukraine.

Tomasz Grodzki, the speaker of the opposition-controlled Senate, criticized Poland’s right-wing authorities for permitting the vehicles to proceed to cross Poland into Belarus.

“I’m disgusted by the shortage of sanctions by our authorities,” Grodzki stated, in feedback carried by the Polish information company PAP on Monday.

Nevertheless, a ruling social gathering spokesman, Radoslaw Fogiel, stated Poland was anticipating the European Union to shut off the transport to Russia and Belarus.


LVIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian state energy firm says the ability line supplying the positioning of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe has been broken by Russian forces once more after it was repaired.

The Ukrenergo firm stated in an announcement Monday that its technicians had began to produce energy Sunday night however “earlier than the ability provide was totally restored, the occupying forces broken it once more.” Ukrenergo stated it should try one other restore.

The facility is used to feed pumps and different gear which preserve spent nuclear gasoline on the former energy plant cool to stop radiation leaks.

The Chernobyl web site can also be outfitted with diesel turbines, and Belarusian authorities stated final week that they’d arrange an emergency energy provide from the close by border.

The Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company has performed down considerations over the security of nuclear waste at Chernobyl, saying that cooling ponds there are giant sufficient to maintain the spent gasoline in a secure situation even when the ability provide is interrupted.