Tensions are rising between Russians and Ukrainians over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Ukraine, Russia again accuse each other of firing on Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

On Saturday, Kyiv and Moscow again exchanged accusations of firing at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, which is occupied by Russia and has been targeted several times a week.

“Limit your presence to the streets of Enerhoder! “We have received reports of fresh provocations from the aggressors.” The Russians, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom, said on Telegram that Enerhodar, loyal to Kyiv – the city where the plant is located – rebroadcast a message from a local leader.

According to the testimonies of citizens, the shelling in the direction of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is again taking place (…) the interval between the departure and the arrival of the sights is 3-5 seconds”Adds a message.

At the end of the day, Ukrainian military intelligence said “Residents [russes] Bomb the nuclear power plant (…) from the immediate vicinity of the village of Vodiane on the right bank of the Dnieper”The river separates areas in Russian hands from areas controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

One of the strikes damaged a pumping unit and another “As a result of the partial destruction of the fire department responsible for the safety of the nuclear power plant”According to a military intelligence report, it also blames Russian forces “Making provocations under the Ukrainian flag”.

For their part, the occupation authorities established in the Russian-occupied areas of Zaporizhia have accused Ukrainian forces of being behind the shootings.

« Enerhodar and the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia are again under fire from militants [du président ukrainien Volodymyr] Zelensky », Vladimir Rokov, a member of the pro-Russian military and civil administration, said in Telegram. The projectiles fell “In the areas located on the banks of the Dnieper and the power plant”He said without reporting any casualties or damage.

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In his daily speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned A “Russian Bullying” Around a nuclear power plant. “The occupiers are using the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to terrorize people in a very cynical way” The president said confirming that Russian forces « Hide behind the plant to bomb the Ukrainian-held towns of Nikopol and Markanets.

“Every day that Russian crews spend on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and neighboring regions increases the nuclear threat to Europe”He warned and called “New Sanctions Against Russia” order “Stop Russia’s Nuclear Industry”. He added that officials of “Blackmail” want “Tried at the International Court of Justice”.

A series of bombings, which both sides blame on each other, have targeted the Zaporizhia power plant since last week, raising fears of a nuclear holocaust and prompting a U.N. Security Council meeting has been triggered.

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