Ukraine connects Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant | War in Ukraine

Ukraine connects Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant | War in Ukraine

The security of the Zaporizhia power plant, under the control of Russian forces, and the risk of a nuclear accident in the event of a bombardment worry international leaders .

Ukraine announced on Friday that it had connected its gigantic nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia to its electricity grid, occupied by the Russians and disconnected the day before. However, concerns about the site's security remain very high.

kyiv announced on Thursday that the power plant, the largest in Europe, had been “completely disconnected” from the grid for the first time in its history, due to damage to power lines caused by actions of the Russian invader.

The safety of the Zaporizhia power plant, located near the front line, and the risk of a nuclear accident in the event of a bombardment have worried international leaders since it fell into the hands of Russian forces in March. Concern has grown in recent weeks as Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of multiple bombings at the site.

One of the reactors at the Zaporizhia power plant shut down the day before was reconnected to the electricity grid today, Energoatom announced on Telegram, while ensuring that its security systems were working normally. The reactor produces electricity for the needs of Ukraine and the increase in [its] power is in progress.

Energoatom assured that the Security systems at the site, which has six reactors of 1,000 megawatts each, were operating normally.

Russia has put Ukrainians, like all Europeans, on the brink of a nuclear disaster, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Thursday, six months to the day after the start of the invasion. of his country.

The UN has called for the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the plant to secure it and allow the sending of a mission international inspection.

A mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected at the plant next week, according to the adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Energy Lana Zerkal, quoted by media. She accused the Russians of artificially creating obstacles so that the mission could not reach this installation.

Civilian nuclear power should not be an instrument of war, has for his part, French President Emmanuel Macron pleaded on Friday, while Russia is accused of having accumulated men, equipment and artillery in the plant.

US diplomacy has warned that any Russian attempt to hijack Ukrainian nuclear energy would be unacceptable.

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On the military level, the Ukrainian presidency reported on Friday Russian strikes on the regions of Kharkiv [northeast, one dead, three civilians injured], Donetsk [east, two dead and seven wounded, with fighting concentrated in particular on Bakhmout and its surroundings] and Dnipropetrovsk [centre, no casualties].

In the latter region, the Russian army bombed the Chapliné station on Wednesday, causing many casualties .

On Friday, rescue and search operations [were] completed in Tchapliné, where the final toll was 25 dead, including two children aged 6 and 11, and 31 injured , wrote on Telegram the deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Kiril Tymoshenko.

Russia claims to have hit a military target at Chapliné. An Iskander missile directly hit a military train at Chapliné station […], eliminating more than 200 Ukrainian soldiers, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Ukraine's General Prosecutor's Office said 10 civilians were killed, including two children aged 6 and 11, and 10 others injured, including two children, at and around Chapliné station, leaving open the possibility that the other victims are not civilians.

It's so unfortunate for this boy, so unfortunate, said Viktor, a resident of Tchapliné whose little neighbor was killed by the bombardment.

In the region of Luhansk [east], which together with that of Donetsk forms the Donbass, the total conquest of which is Russia's priority objective, enemy attacks repeated were repelled from all four directions, according to the Ukrainian presidency.

In the same region, Ukrainian soldiers destroyed a base of the Russian occupiers in the small town of Kadiivka, the head of the regional military administration, Sergiï Gaïdaï, indicated on Friday on Telegram. The strike was so powerful that 200 Ruscist paratroopers [a derogatory term for Russian fascists] were killed, Gaidai said. The information could not be independently confirmed.

Since the Russian withdrawal from the vicinity of kyiv at the end of March, the bulk of the fighting has been concentrated in the east and south, where the fronts seem almost frozen.

Thursday , amid growing tensions with Western countries that support Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree ordering a 10% increase (137,000 soldiers) in the number of his army, which suffered heavy casualties in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance.

In France, the French oil giant TotalEnergies thought it necessary to reaffirm on Friday that it does not produce kerosene for the Russian army.

The French group thus denied – to news – reports in the French daily Le Monde, compiled with the NGO Global Witness, that gas it co-produces in Siberia ends up on bases of the; Russian army.

TotalEnergies said in a press release that it had received new information from its Russian partner Novatek confirming that the fuel manufactured by their joint venture is not intended for aircraft Russian war soldiers.

Asking for an end to this baseless controversy which is damaging the reputation of the company, the group, already entangled in other scandals over the years [corruption in Russia, forced labor in Burma…], threatens to take any legal action to end it if it turns out t yet necessary.

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