Zaporizhia. Russia’s national nuclear energy company says talks with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, over the creation of a safety zone around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant , continue. In a communication posted on Telegram, Rosatom said that “the approaches to the creation of a nuclear and physical security protection zone of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant were discussed” and that there was “significant closeness” between the positions of the two parties. She said discussions would continue based on “the understanding of the need to reach a mutually acceptable text as soon as possible”.
Wounded Russian official. Former Roscosmos space agency boss and former Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin and a separatist official were injured in a bombardment in Donetsk carried out by Ukrainian forces on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies. Removed from his position as head of the space agency in July, he currently leads a group of military advisers providing assistance to separatist forces in Ukraine. On Telegram, he said he had to have surgery, suffering from a back injury due to a piece of shell lodged above his right shoulder blade.
Bombing in Kherson. The head of a Ukrainian locality under Russian control in the Kherson region was killed Thursday in a bomb attack, announced the Russian occupation administration, in this region that kyiv forces partially reconquered in November. In a statement on Telegram, this administration said that Andrei Shtepa, the main person in charge of Lyoubymivka, a locality located on the left bank of the Dnieper and occupied by the Russian army, was “died tragically after the explosion of an automobile” caused by “Ukrainian terrorists”.