Kyiv: Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russia of rocket attacks that killed 13 civilians in an area near a Russian-held power plant.An overnight strike in the Dnipropetrovsk region of central Ukraine also injured 11 people and five are reported to be in serious condition.
“It was a terrible night,” local governor Valentin Reznichenko wrote on Telegram, urging residents to evacuate when they hear air raid sirens. Don’t let them kill you,” he wrote, adding that Russia had fired a total of 80 rockets in the area. Most of the casualties were in the town of Marganets, just across the Dnieper from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhia. Thousands of people said they had no access to electricity.
Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for recent shelling near factories. Ukraine says Russia has hundreds of troops stationed there and stores ammunition in factories. The tension brought back memories of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in what was then Soviet Ukraine. The accident killed hundreds and spread radioactive contamination across much of Europe. The factory was captured by Russian forces on 4 March after fighting with Ukrainian forces.
The attack came a day after a massive explosion at the Saki airfield, a key military base in Russia-annexed Crimea. Dramatic amateur footage posted on social media appears to show panicked vacationers with young children fleeing a Crimean beach as clouds of gray smoke rise over the horizon. It looked like
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and has used the area as a launching pad for attacks, but it has rarely been targeted by Ukrainian forces. Moscow claimed the explosion was caused by an ammunition detonation rather than Ukrainian fire. Ukrainian forces have been calling for long-range artillery fire from their Western allies for months, but have been hitting targets deeper in Russian-held territory since some began arriving in recent weeks. It also takes credit for several acts of sabotage within Russian-held territory.
New Buyers of Ukrainian Grain? – The war severely disrupted grain supplies from Ukraine, one of the world’s largest producers, causing an international food crisis. However, some ships have been able to leave Ukrainian ports in recent days after a deal with Russia brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.
The first grain shipment to depart on the Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni was scheduled to leave the Ukrainian port of Odessa on August 1 and dock in the Lebanese port of Tripoli over the weekend. However, the Ukrainian embassy said it was looking for a new buyer for the cargo as the original Lebanese buyer canceled the order. In a statement late Tuesday, the Ukrainian embassy said the five-month delay after Russia’s invasion “prompted buyers and carriers to come to an agreement on the cancellation of orders.” She is currently anchored off the port of Mersin, Turkey. – AFP
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