Ukraine live briefing: Military activity on rise near nuclear plant, IAEA warns; Zelensky invites Xi

“Military activity is increasing” in the Ukrainian region where the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is located, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The fighting is fueling fears of a possible nuclear accident at the plant, the largest in Europe.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited Chinese leader Xi Jinping to discuss the war during an interview with the Associated Press, adding that he had not been in contact with Xi since before Russia invaded last year. A spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry said she had “no information” regarding Zelensky’s comments.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

Analysis from our correspondents

Cherkasov allegedly spent a decade building a fictitious persona as Ferreira, but the ambitious, high-risk operation included a side of self-defeating hubris. Parts of the information he was reportedly sending back to Moscow on the U.S. reaction ahead of the invasion of Ukraine, the FBI later concluded, came from an online group discussion led by a former professor.

He appears to have been a small part of a far broader intelligence failure by Russia that greatly overestimated how easy the invasion of Ukraine would play out, setting itself up for even more serious military failures on the battlefield.

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