In today’s newsletter: Nearly half a year into the war, and with no end in sight, the coming months could be crucial – foreign correspondent Luke Harding explains why

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Good morning. Europe’s largest nuclear plant was shelled over the weekend, and for days Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other. The plant was seized by Russia in March and used as a military base but is still run by Ukrainian staff. The incident has prompted significant concern from international organisations, scientists and neighbouring countries.

Beyond the obvious dangers of a nuclear plant being shelled, there is also anxiety that Russia is trying to connect the facility to the grid in Crimea. If this happens, it’ll be the first time that one country has stolen a nuclear reactor from another.

US | Donald Trump has refused to testify in the New York attorney general’s investigation of the former president’s real estate dealings.

Wildfires | More than 6,000 people have been evacuated from the Gironde region of France after a wildfire, which began in July, reignited due to drought and high temperatures.

Energy | Research by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit has found that poorly insulated homes will have to pay almost £1,000 more than other homes on their energy bills this winter.

Politics | Former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for the government to scrap the energy price cap and renationalise energy companies that cannot offer lower rates.

Space | An image of the remnants of a supernova has been captured in stunning detail by a new Australian supercomputer called Setonix. The second installation is expected to be completed later this year.

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Vulture’s new pop culture podcast Into It manages to be both incredibly informative and an easy listen. Its first two episodes cover the rise and rise of indie film distributor/producer A24, and Beyoncé’s gamechanging approach to album releases. Hannah

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