| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Russia says ‘ready’ to discuss prisoner exchange after Griner verdict

One day after the drug conviction of US basketball star Brittney Griner, Russia it “ready” to discuss a prisoner swap with Washington at the presidential level, its foreign minister said on Friday.
“We are ready to discuss this subject, but only within the framework of the (communication) channel established by presidents Putin and Biden,” Sergei Lavrov told a press conference on a visit to Cambodia

Meanwhile, Britain said on Friday that the actions taken by Russian forces at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has likely undermined security and the safety of the plant’s normal operations.
“Russian forces have probably used the wider facility area, in particular the adjacent city of Enerhodar, to rest their forces, utilising the protected status of the nuclear power plant to reduce the risk to their equipment and personnel from overnight Ukrainian attacks,” Britain said in an intelligence update on Twitter.
Russia’s intentions regarding the plant remain unclear after five months of its occupation of Ukraine. Its forces are probably operating in the regions adjacent to the power station, having used artillery units based in these areas to target Ukrainian territory on the western bank of the Dnipro river, Britain said.

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