The death toll rose following a Russian rocket attack on a train station in central Ukraine on its independence day.


Ukrainian and U.S. officials had warned of stepped up Russian attacks on this day, keeping the country on high alx with a ban on large gatherings in Kyiv for most of the week.


Concern continues to rise over the status of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, as Ukrainian officials say Russia may be preparing to stage a "false flag" attack.


Meanwhile, five more ships carrying agricultural products are set to leave Ukraine's ports for export.


WHO has delivered more than 1,300 metric tons of medical supplies to Ukraine since start of war

自战争开始以来,世卫组织已向乌克兰运送了超过 1,300 吨的医疗用品

The supplies include power generators, ambulances, oxygen for medical facilities, supplies for trauma and emergency surgeries and medicine to help treat non-communicable diseases.


The WHO also said it has trained more than 9,000 health care workers in trauma surgery, mass casualties, chemical exposure, epidemiology and laboratory diagnostics.

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The organization added that it has provided more than 12,000 psychosocial health consultations to those in need of mental health sessions triggered by war.

该组织补充说,它向因战争而需要心理健康咨询的人提供了12 000多次心理健康咨询。

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus reaffirmed the organization's commitment to supporting Ukraine's healthcare system.


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke with his French counterpart about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

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The Kremlin said that French Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu initiated the call.


"Shoigu delivered his assessments of the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that can disrupt the safe operation of the plant," according to a Kremlin readout of the call.


Russian forces took control of the nuclear facility, Europe's largest, in the days following the Kremlin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In recent days, Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling near the Zaporizhzhia plant. Western nations have called on Russia to remove its troops from the facility, citing concerns of a potential nuclear accident.


He told Lecornu that Moscow believed it was important for IAEA inspectors to visit the nuclear facility.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to increase the size of the Russian military from 1.9 million to 2.04 million, an announcement on its government web portal said, as the war in Ukraine passes its six-month mark.


The order will be effective January 1 and will see a rise in combat personnel of 137,000 to 1.15 million.


Russia has steadily cast a wider net as to who it's willing to recruit as conscxts, including prisoners, retired military personnel, older men and those with only a middle-school level education. Putin reportedly expected the invasion, which the Kremlin calls its "special military operation," to last only a few days before taking the capital Kyiv.


Russia's military has instead lost several generals and is estimated by U.S. intelligence to have lost around 15,000 servicemen, though Moscow has not released any recent military casualty figures itself.


The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, said his team is "very, very close" to being able to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which has been under Russian military occupation since March.


"We are very, very close to that," Rafael Grossi told French news channel France 24 in an interview, when asked if negotiations to access the facility had achieved anything.

当被问及进入该设施的谈判是否取得任何成果时,拉斐尔·格罗西在接受法国新闻频道France 24采访时表示:“我们非常、非常接近达成协议。”
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Any operation to inspect the plant would be very complex, Grossi said, but he hoped the visit would be able to happen "within days."


"We need to go there, we need to stabilize the situation, we need to ensure a presence of the IAEA soon," Grossi added.


International leaders and organizations have for months sounded the alarm over the risk of a nuclear catastrophe at the plant, which faces regular shelling and is Europe's largest of its kind.


The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant's two remaining reactors that are still working shut down after nearby fires damaged power lines overhead, Ukraine's national nuclear energy firm Energoatom said.


The power lines connected the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine — Europe's largest — to the national grid. Before the Russian invasion and Russian occupation of the facility, it supplied 20% of Ukraine's power. The fires that damaged the power lines started at a local coal plant in the vicinity, the company said via its official Telegram account.


The plant's security system is still working as usual and work is being done to re-lix one of the reactors to the power grid, the statement added.


National security advisor Jake Sullivan met with Frederic Bernard, the head of the Cabinet to the president of the European Council, in Washington.


"They reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting Ukraine as it defends its democracy and imposing costs on Russia for its aggression," according to a White House readout of the meeting.

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"They also discussed ongoing U.S. and European unx cooperation on Europe's energy security as well as the promotion of peace and stability in the Western Balkans and the South Caucasus," the readout added.

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The State Department slammed Moscow's "so-called tribunals" in the Russian-controlled city of Mariupol.


"The Kremlin is attempting to deflect responsibility for President Putin's war of aggression and distract from the overwhelming evidence of the atrocities Russian forces have committed in Ukraine," State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote in a statement.


Price called the trials a "mockery of justice" and called on Moscow to comply with international law.


"All members of Ukraine's armed forces, including domestic and foreign volunteers incorporated into the armed forces, are entitled to prisoner of war status if they are captured and must be afforded the treatment and protections commensurate with that status, according to the Geneva Conventions," Price added.


The organization overseeing the export of agricultural products from Ukraine said that so far a total of 769,986 metric tons of grains and other foodstuffs have departed through the humanitarian sea corridor under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.


The Joint Coordination Center, or JCC, said that more than 30 ships carrying grains and other crops have left Ukrainian ports.


The JCC also said that it authorized the movement of three outbound merchant vessels to depart from Ukrainian ports.


Twenty-five people are now confirmed dead after a Russian rocket attack on a train station in central Ukraine, according to Ukrainian newspaper the Kyiv Independent.


The strikes took place on Aug. 24, Ukraine's Independence Day, ahead of which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russia may launch a "particularly cruel" attack on the country.


Rockets hit a train and residential areas of the town of Chaplyne in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, regional officials said, initially killing 15 and wounding at least 50. Four trains were set aflame and two children were killed in the attack, according to the presidential office's deputy head, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.


Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted photos of the aftermath of the strikes on his Twitter account, showing burnt-out train cars and structures reduced to rubble.

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"Terrorist Russia keeps killing Ukrainian civilians. At least 15 killed in a Russian missile strike on a train station in Chaplyne, Dnipropetrovsk region," he wrote Wednesday evening.


Concerns continue to mount over the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which has been occupied by Russian forces since March.

乌克兰南部扎波罗热核电站的情况继续令人担忧,该核电站自 3 月以来一直被俄罗斯军队占领。

Ukrainian and Western officials have warned of "false flag" actions by Russia, through which Russian forces may stage an attack and blame it on Ukrainian forces as a justification to escalate action.