LIVE: 164th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine

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The war continues. On Friday, shelling hit a high-voltage power line at a major Ukrainian nuclear power station captured by Russia, prompting the plant's operators to disconnect a reactor despite no radioactive leak being detected.

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Two vessels loaded with grain and departed from Ukrainian ports under a recently concluded deal arrived in Turkish waters on Saturday.

The bulk carriers were inspected by the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, which groups Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and United Nations personnel. Both ships were cleared to sail to their destination after hours of cargo and security checks.

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The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) raised grave concerns on Saturday about the shelling the previous day at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, saying the action showed the risk of a nuclear disaster.

"I'm extremely concerned by the shelling yesterday at Europe's largest nuclear power plant, which underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond," Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a statement.

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Pope Francis will visit Ukraine on his way to Kazakhstan in mid-September. According to Ukrainian ambassador to the Holy See, the head of the Roman Catholic Church said that he "is very close to Ukraine" and he wants to show it by visiting the country.

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Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, around 5.3 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.

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Russia's war in Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with most fighting shifting to a nearly 350 kilometre (217 mile) front stretching southwest from near Zaporizhzhia to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River, British military intelligence said on Saturday.

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The head of Amnesty International's Ukrainian branch is leaving the human rights body after the group accused Ukraine's armed forces of endangering civilians by basing troops in residential areas during the Russian invasion. Amnesty made the comments on Thursday and Kyiv likened it to Russian propaganda and disinformation.

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