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Ukraine ‘shoots at or from nuclear power plant’ targeting Russians News

President Zelensky said Ukrainian forces are targeting Russian soldiers who shoot at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant or use it as a cover.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said his forces are targeting Russian soldiers occupying a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine exchange accusations over recent incidents bombardment At the Zaporizhia facility, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Russian troops occupied the station early in the war.

In his Saturday night speech, Zelensky said, “Every Russian soldier who shoots a plant or fires at a plant in cover, he is not for our intelligence services, our special services, our military.” You have to understand that you are a special target,” he said.

Zelensky, who did not give details, repeatedly accused Russia of using the plant for certain purposes. nuclear blackmail.

Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency previously warned of renewed Russian “provocations” near the factory, but the deposed mayor of the town where the factory is located said it had come under renewed Russian shelling.

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Earlier, local Russian resident Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian forces were shelling the factory.

“The Energodar and Zaporizhia nuclear power plants are under attack again. [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky militants,” Rogov said, referring to the factory town.

The missiles fell “on the banks of the Dnipro River and in areas located within the factory,” he said, but no casualties or damage were reported.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podlyak accused Russia of “attacking some of the nuclear power plants that produce the energy that powers southern Ukraine.”

“The goal is to cut us off from (the plant) and blame the Ukrainian military for this,” Podoljak wrote on Twitter.

A defense intelligence agency said Russian forces parked a Pion self-propelled howitzer outside a nearby town and planted a Ukrainian flag on it.

The agency also said Ukraine damaged water pumping infrastructure and a fire station in Thursday’s attack on the power plant’s territory, which is about 7 kilometers (4.35 miles) east of the plant. It said it came from the Russian-controlled village of Vodyan. .

The area occupied by Russia and the area under Ukrainian control are separated by the Dnieper River.

The UN nuclear chief warned on Thursday that “highly alarming” military activity at the factory could have dangerous consequences for the region and called for a halt to attacks on the facility.

Rafael Grossi has accused Russia and Ukraine of accusing each other of attacking nuclear power plants, saying nuclear experts have assessed the damage to their vast nuclear facilities, where the situation is “deteriorating very rapidly”. , asked for immediate permission to assess safety and security.

Ukraine, backed by Western allies, wants the demilitarized zone around the factory and the withdrawal of Russian troops.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/13/russians-damaging-or-occupying-nuclear-plant-are-targets-kyiv Ukraine ‘shoots at or from nuclear power plant’ targeting Russians News

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