Ukraine war

Zaporizhzhia power plant shelled again, Zelensky lambasts "Russian nuclear terror"

The International Atomic Energy Agency says the shelling presents a very real risk of nuclear disaster.(Reuters/National Nuclear Energy Generati)

Ukraine reports that continued Russian shelling has destroyed three radiation monitors and injured a worker at Europe's largest nuclear facility, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, referred to the shelling as "Russian nuclear terror" and asked for additional international penalties, this time on Moscow's nuclear industry.

Mr. Zelenskyy stated in a televised address, "There is no such nation in the world that could feel safe when a terrorist state fires at a nuclear plant,"

However, the Russian-installed region authorities stated that Ukraine was responsible for the damage to administrative buildings and a nearby storage area.

Both accounts could not be independently confirmed.

The world is disturbed by the events in Zaporizhzhia, where Kyiv claimed Russia cut a power line on Friday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency states that this "underlines the genuine risk of a nuclear disaster."

A pact to open Ukraine's food exports and alleviate global shortages resulted in the departure of four other ships from Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

The four ships carrying roughly 170,000 tonnes of grain and other food are sailing by an arrangement struck by the United Nations and Turkey to assist reduce the war's impact on surging global food prices.

Before Moscow's invasion, which Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to as a "special military operation," Russia and Ukraine exported about one-third of the world's wheat.

Since then, the disruption has endangered hunger in some world areas.

The conflict over Donbas continues

Russian troops are attempting to capture complete control of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists seized territory following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

According to Ukraine's military, Russian forces intensified their attacks north and northwest of Donetsk in the region, attacking Ukrainian positions in the heavily fortified communities of Piski and Avdiivka and shelling other locations in the Donetsk region.

In addition to increasing its hold on the Donbas region, Russia is consolidating its position in southern Ukraine, where it has amassed forces to forestall a possible counteroffensive at Kherson.

As combat rages, Russians stationed in Ukraine's captured territory after Moscow's invasion have considered annexing it to Russia. A top pro-Russian official stated last month that a referendum on the matter will likely be held "towards next year."

Mr. Zelenskyy stated in his video address that any "pseudo-referendums" on seized Ukrainian territory joining Russia would destroy the chance of dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv or its allies.

Mr. Zelenskyy stated, "They will close for themselves any change of talks with Ukraine and the free world, which the Russian side will clearly need at some point,"

Meanwhile, the head prosecutor for war crimes in Ukraine stated that about 26,000 suspected war crimes committed since the invasion are being examined, with 135 people prosecuted and 15 in detention. Russia denies targeting people.

In addition to other locations, shelling and missile strikes were recorded overnight in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and the western area of Vinnytsia, according to Ukrainian authorities. There was no immediate information on casualties.

Publish : 2022-08-08 07:09:00

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