Kyiv: Kyiv and Moscow have attacked Europe’s largest nuclear facility, accusing each other of causing a reactor shutdown when three grain ships left Ukraine under a pact to avert food shortages.Russian Armed Forces has occupied the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine since the early days of the invasion, and Kyiv accuses Russian forces of storing heavy weapons there. Moscow, meanwhile, has accused the Ukrainian military of targeting the factory.
“Three strikes were recorded on the site of the power plant near the power block where the reactor is located,” Energoatom, the operator of the Ukrainian state-owned nuclear power plant, said in a statement. “There is a risk of hydrogen leakage and radioactive splatter. The risk of fire is high,” said Energoatom. No casualties were reported.
Staff of Russian nuclear operator Rosatom rushed out of the factory before the attack damaged power cables and shut down one of the reactors. It said it should “take responsibility for the fact that it has created a threat to nuclear power plants.”
“Today, the occupiers have created another very dangerous situation across Europe. They attacked the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant twice. The bombing of this site is a shameless crime and an act of terrorism.” he said. Ukraine’s foreign ministry said earlier that “the possible consequences of hitting a working reactor are equivalent to using an atomic bomb.”
Moscow’s Defense Ministry denied the report. “Ukrainian armed forces carried out three shellings on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and on the city of Energodar,” it said. A new surge in tensions came when Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Putin thanked Erdogan for helping to coordinate the resumption of grain shipments from Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut. The Sierra Leone-flagged bulk carrier Razoni sailed from the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Monday, carrying 26,000 tonnes of corn. This is the first departure under a UN-backed deal brokered with Turkish assistance to alleviate the global food crisis.
Kyiv said another three ships loaded with grain set sail from Ukraine on Friday to markets in Turkey, Ireland and the UK. Another 13 are waiting to depart. “Delivery has already started. I would like to thank both this and the incidental decision on the uninterrupted supply of Russian food and fertilizers to the world market at the same time,” Putin told Erdogan in Sochi. Asli Aidintasbas, a fellow of the European Council for Foreign Relations, said in a report last week that the war in Ukraine had “restored Turkey’s self-image as a major geopolitical player” and prompted President Erdogan to criticize him in recent years. wrote that it received more attention than any other period. Turkey’s leader hopes to link this success to a ceasefire in Istanbul between Putin and Zelensky.
Meanwhile, Moscow announced on Friday it was imposing an entry ban on 62 Canadian citizens, including government officials. It said it included a person known for “malicious activity in the fighting of the United States.” Controversy rages in Ukraine over accusations that it is violating international law and endangering civilians in its fight against Russian aggression.
Amnesty International released a report on Thursday listing incidents in 19 cities and towns where the Ukrainian military is believed to have set up bases in residential areas to harm civilians. President Zelensky equated the accusation with victim-blaming. In a speech Thursday evening, he said rights groups are “seeking to offer amnesty to terrorist states and shift blame from perpetrators to victims.”
“The conditions under which Russia’s attack on Ukraine is justified are not even hypothetical. An attack on our country is not provocative, it is aggression, it is terrorist,” he added. rice field. “If someone creates a report that suggests that victims and perpetrators are somehow equal, this is unacceptable.”
Amnesty International said a four-month investigation found that the Ukrainian military had set up bases in schools and hospitals and launched attacks from densely populated areas. It said the tactics violated international humanitarian law and rejected criticism of its report. It was based on evidence gathered during large-scale investigations that were subject to the same rigorous standards and due diligence process.”
On Friday, Zelensky’s office and local authorities reported that 20 people, including a 14-year-old boy, were injured in a Russian bombing raid with widely banned cluster bombs and heavy artillery targeting the southern city of Mykolaiv overnight. Mykolaiv is on the main route to Odessa, Ukraine’s largest port on the Black Sea, and is the closest city to the Southern Front.
Several missiles hit the city of Zaporizhia overnight, while Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city in the northeast, came under heavy shelling. Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive in the south, claiming to have recaptured more than 50 of her villages previously controlled by Moscow. – AFP
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