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Ukraine live briefing: Nuclear agency reports cyberattack attempt; grain ship appears in Syria

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Ukraine’s nuclear agency reported a cyberattack attempt, and fighting around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant triggered a flurry of diplomatic calls. Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

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  • The Ukrainian nuclear energy agency accused Russia of a cyberattack on its website, which it said had failed. Energoatom said the hacking efforts did not “significantly affect” the company’s official site. While Tuesday’s attack did not appear to impact Ukraine’s power grid, the state company that oversees the country’s nuclear plants described it as “unprecedented.”
  • U.N. chief António Guterres will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ukraine’s western city of Lviv on Thursday. The secretary general is also expected to visit a Black Sea port involved in a U.N.-backed deal to release Ukrainian grain and ease the global food crisis.
  • Satellite images appeared to show the first grain ship from Ukraine under the deal docked in Syria, where the government is a close ally of Russia. A photo published by U.S.-based firm Planet Labs shows the Razoni vessel at Syria’s port of Tartus, according to the Associated Press, which said the buyer in Lebanon, where the shipment was initially headed, had refused the order.

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  • Ukrainian forces reportedly struck Russian targets in Crimea for the second time in a week. The peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, is a military supply hub for its forces and a popular destination for its tourists. The Kremlin said Tuesday’s explosion was an “act of sabotage” as nearby residents fled. A Ukrainian official said it was the work of the same special forces said to be behind last week’s attack on a Russian air base in Crimea.
  • Zelensky accused Russia of “nuclear terrorism” in a call with French President Emmanuel Macron, while the U.N. chief held talks with Moscow on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. As Kyiv and Moscow trade blame for shelling near the facility, which is under Russian control, Russia’s defense minister said his country has “no need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.”
  • Ukrainian workers from the Zaporizhzhia plant described a daily terror of explosions and nuclear catastrophe in interviews with The Washington Post.

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  • A vessel loaded with grain for the Horn of Africa set sail from Ukraine, the first shipment of food aid under the U.N.-brokered deal. The Brave Commander is headed for Ethiopia, where millions of people are facing drought and hunger.
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will give $68 million to the World Food Program to buy Ukrainian wheat to help “address the world’s pressing food crisis.”

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Road to war: U.S. struggled to convince allies, and Zelensky, of risk of invasion: A Washington Post examination of the road to war in Ukraine and Western efforts to unite to thwart the Kremlin’s plans.

This account, in previously unreported detail, is the first in a series of articles examining the military campaign in Ukraine, drawn from in-depth interviews with more than three dozen senior U.S., Ukrainian, European and NATO officials about a global crisis whose end is yet to be determined.

The Post found that the United States intelligence community penetrated multiple points of Russia’s political leadership, spying apparatus and military and found Russian President Vladimir Putin preparing for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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