The UN will begin an inspection of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrives in Zaporizhzhia – GETTY IMAGES

United Nations inspectors in Ukraine were due to visit on Thursday a Russian-held nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, where nearby shelling has sparked fierce accusations and global fears of disaster.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission arrived in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, 55 kilometers (34 miles) from the plant, on Wednesday and Ukraine’s defense ministry said it was scheduled to visit the facility on Thursday.

Although Russian officials suggested the team would have only one day to inspect the site, the IAEA was preparing for longer.

Ukraine sees the inspection as a step towards “de-occupying and demilitarizing” the site – but Russia has said it has no intention of withdrawing its forces for now, opening the possibility for further hostilities.

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Russian soldier kills two FSB officers in drunken shootout

A Russian soldier shot and killed two FSB officers in occupied Kherson after he was caught drinking alcohol while in uniform, a Moscow investigation has found. James Kilner writes.

The soldier’s drinking partner, a sergeant, was also killed in the drunken fight with FSB officers, in an incident that shows the poor discipline of the Russian military in Ukraine.

A Russian military investigation said four officers from the FSB, Russia’s successor to the KGB, entered the Food Fuel cafe on June 19 in Kherson, which Russian forces seized at the start of the war.

There they saw two drunken Russian non-commissioned officers, a sergeant and a junior sergeant, “passing around idle, consuming alcoholic beverages.”

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US: Russia has ‘severe manpower shortages’

Russia is suffering from “severe manpower shortages” and has become more desperate in its efforts to find new troops to send to the front lines, according to a new finding by US intelligence agencies revealed on Wednesday.

Russia is trying to deal with the troop shortage in part by forcing soldiers injured earlier in the war back into combat, recruiting personnel from private security firms and even recruiting from prisons, according to a US official who spoke to The Associated Press.

The official added that Russia could soon recruit convicted criminals “in exchange for pardons and financial compensation.”

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British man killed while volunteering in Ukraine

A British national has been killed while volunteering as a doctor in Ukraine.

In a GoFundMe page set up to bring his body home, Craig Mackintosh’s sister Lorna revealed he had been killed in Ukraine on August 24.

She said her brother, from Thetford, Norfolk, had lost his life “in the line of duty”.

“Please help us bring this war hero home,” Ms Mackintosh wrote.

“Our brother bravely volunteered to go to (Ukraine) as a doctor to help save lives in this war-torn country.

“He died in the line of duty helping others. This selfless man is currently trapped in a morgue in Ukraine and there is no help to get him home.”

Read more: British man killed while volunteering as a doctor in Ukraine

Craig Mackintosh's sister described him as

Craig Mackintosh’s sister described him as a ‘war hero’ – EAST ANGLIA NEWS

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