Ukrainian power station bombed again, Zelenskiy attacks Russian “nuclear terror”

  • Kyiv and Moscow are responsible for visits to the Zaporizhzhia site
  • Four ships carrying Ukrainian food leave Black Sea ports
  • Amnesty apologizes for accusing Ukraine of endangering civilians

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Sunday that fresh Russian bombardment damaged three radiation sensors and injured a worker at the Zaporizhzhia power plant, in the second hit in consecutive days on Ukraine’s biggest nuclear facility. Europe.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called Saturday night’s bombing a “Russian nuclear terror” that warranted more international sanctions, this time on Moscow’s nuclear sector.

“There is no such nation in the world that can feel safe when a terrorist state fires on a nuclear power plant,” Zelenskiy said in a televised address on Sunday.

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However, the Russian authority in the area said it was Ukraine that struck the site with a multiple rocket launcher, damaging administrative buildings and an area near a storage facility.

Reuters could not verify either party’s version.

Events at the Zaporizhzhia site – where Kyiv previously alleged Russia hit a power line on Friday – have alarmed the world.

“(This) underscores the very real risk of a nuclear catastrophe,” International Atomic Energy Agency director Rafael Mariano Grossi warned on Saturday.

Elsewhere, a deal to unblock Ukraine’s food exports and ease global shortages gained momentum as four more ships sailed from Ukrainian Black Sea ports while the first cargo ship since Russia’s February 24 invasion docked. Read more

The four outgoing ships had nearly 170,000 tons of corn and other foodstuffs. They were sailing under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey to try to help ease the spike in global food prices resulting from the war.

Prior to the Feb. 24 invasion of Moscow, which Russian President Vladimir Putin calls a “special military operation,” Russia and Ukraine together accounted for almost a third of global wheat exports. Disruptions since then have threatened starvation in parts of the world.

BATTLE FOR THE DONBAS

Putin’s troops are trying to take full control of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists seized territory after the Kremlin annexed Crimea from the south in 2014.

Russian forces on Sunday intensified their attacks north and northwest of the city of Donetsk in Donbass, the Ukrainian army said. The Russians attacked Ukrainian positions near the heavily fortified settlements of Piski and Avdiivka, as well as shelled other places in the Donetsk region, he added.

In addition to tightening its grip on Donbass, Russia is strengthening its position in southern Ukraine, where it has gathered troops in an attempt to prevent a possible counteroffensive near Kherson, Kyiv said.

As the fighting rages, the Russians installed following the invasion of Moscow have toyed with the idea of ​​joining the territory occupied by Ukraine to Russia. Last month, a senior pro-Russian official said a referendum on such a decision was likely “around next year”. Read more

In his video address, Zelenskiy said any “pseudo-referendum” on the occupied areas of his country joining Russia would eliminate the possibility of talks between Moscow and its Ukrainian counterparts or their allies.

“They will close for themselves any change in talks with Ukraine and the free world which the Russian side will clearly need at some point,” Zelenskiy said. Read more

Also on Sunday, Ukraine’s chief war crimes prosecutor said nearly 26,000 alleged war crimes committed since the invasion were being investigated, with 135 people charged, 15 of whom were in custody. Russia denies targeting civilians. Read more

Shell and missile fire was reported overnight in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and around military sites in the western Vinnitsya region, among other places, Ukrainian authorities said. There was no word on the casualties.

Beyond Ukraine, a proxy battle unfolded at the International Chess Federation where former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich won a second term as president, beating Ukraine’s Andrii Baryshpolets. Read more

And after days of controversy, Amnesty International has apologized for the “distress and anger” caused by a report accusing Ukraine of endangering civilians. This had infuriated Zelenskiy and prompted the head of the rights group’s Ukrainian office to resign. Read more

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Reports from Reuters offices; Written by Andrew Cawthorne and Raphael Satter; Editing by John Stonestreet, Frances Kerry, Diane Craft and Daniel Wallis

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