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Ukraine targeting Russians shooting at, or from nuclear plant

President Zelenskyy says Ukrainian army is targeting Russian soldiers who shoot at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, or utilize it as cover.

Published On 13 Aug 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that his army is targeting Russian soldiers occupying a nuclear power plant in the south of the united states.

Russia and Ukraine have traded accusations over multiple recent incidents of shelling at the Zaporizhzhia facility, Europes largest nuclear power plant. Russian troops captured the station early in the war.

Every Russian soldier who either shoots at the plant, or shoots utilizing the plant as cover, must recognize that he becomes a particular target for the intelligence agents, for the special services, for the army, Zelenskyy said within an address on Saturday evening.

Zelenskyy, who didn’t give any details, repeated accusations that Russia was utilizing the plant as a kind of nuclear blackmail.

Ukraines defence intelligence agency earlier warned of new Russian provocations round the plant as the exiled mayor of the city where in fact the plant is situated said it had come under renewed Russian shelling.

Accusations traded

Earlier, local Russian-installed official Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian forces were shelling the plant.

Energodar and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are again under fire by [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskys militants, said Rogov, discussing the city the plant is situated.

Missiles fell in the areas on the banks of the Dnipro river and in the plant, he said, without reporting any casualties or damage.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of hitting the area of the nuclear power plant where in fact the energy that powers the south of Ukraine is generated.

The target is to disconnect us from the (plant) and blame the Ukrainian army because of this, Podolyak wrote on Twitter.

The defence intelligence agency said Russian troops had parked a Pion self-propelled howitzer beyond your nearby town and put a Ukrainian flag onto it.

The agency also said that Thursdays attacks on the territory of the plant, which Ukraine says damaged water-pumping infrastructure and a fire station, have been conducted from the Russian-controlled village of Vodiane, about seven kilometres (4.35 miles) east of the plant.

Areas occupied by Russia and the ones under Ukraines control are divided by the Dnieper River.

The UN nuclear chief warned on Thursday that very alarming military activity at the plant may lead to dangerous consequences for the spot and needed a finish to attacks at the facility.

Rafael Grossi urged Russia and Ukraine, who blame one another for the attacks at the plant, to immediately allow nuclear experts to assess damage and evaluate security and safety at the sprawling nuclear complex where in fact the situation has been deteriorating very rapidly.

Ukraine, backed by Western allies, has needed a demilitarised zone round the plant and for the withdrawal of Russian forces.

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