Ukraine: Risks 'increasing every day' at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Ukraine: Risks are “increasing every day” at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has been under the control of Russian forces since March.

The risks around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which Moscow and kyiv have accused each other of bombing for more than a week, “are increasing every day”, judged Sunday the mayor of the city where it is located.

Dmytro Orlov, the mayor of Energodar where the complex is located, has denounced outright nuclear terrorism by Russia which can end unpredictably at any time.

The risks increase every day. Mortar fire at the nuclear power plant is being carried out every day and night from occupied villages, he added. The situation is serious and most concerning is that there is no de-escalation process, according to the elected official.

Energodar is, like the central, occupied since the beginning of March by Russian troops. Faithful to kyiv, Dmytro Orlov has found refuge in Zaporizhia, the big city in the region.

According to him, Energodar has started to be bombed in the last 24 hours, which does not x27;had never happened before and killed a 45-year-old civilian on Sunday.

Limit your presence on the streets of Energodar! We have received information about new provocations from the Russian occupiers, Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom reported on Telegram. According to the testimonies of the inhabitants, shelling is again in progress in the direction of the power plant […] The interval between the departure and the arrival of the shots is 3-5 seconds.

Of course, we are worried, because the nuclear power plant is nearby, says Viktor Shabanin, a 57-year-old resident of the village of Vyshchetarasivka, located on the other bank of the Dnieper opposite the plant. When the windows explode, the expansive wave often goes in our direction. So we are immediately exposed to radiation, which also spreads through water.

At the end of the day on Saturday, Ukrainian military intelligence had affirmed that the [Russian] occupants were bombarding the power plant […] from the village of Vodiané, located in the immediate vicinity, on the right bank of the Dnieper, the river which separates the areas in the hands of of the Russians from those controlled by the Ukrainians.

One ​​of the strikes damaged a pumping unit and another led to the partial destruction of the responsible fire department security of the nuclear power plant, according to Ukrainian intelligence, which also accused Russian forces of preparing provocations under the Ukrainian flag.

For their part, the occupation authorities installed by Russia in the conquered areas in the Zaporizhia region have accused the Ukrainian forces of being behind the firing.

Energodar and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are again under fire from militants [of Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, a member of the pro-Russian administration Vladimir Rogov said on Telegram.

The projectiles fell in areas on the banks of the Dnieper and in the power plant, he said, without reporting any casualties or damage.

The first strikes, on August 5, notably hit a high-voltage power line transformer, causing the automatic shutdown of reactor No. 3 of Europe's largest nuclear power plant and the start-up of its emergency generators.< /p>

On Saturday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Russian blackmail around the site, accusing Moscow of using the plant as an attack base so that the Ukrainian army could not retaliate and asking for new sanctions against Russia in order to block the Russian nuclear industry.

In his daily address on Sunday, he warned his fellow citizens that in the near future, the parliament of Ukraine will have to make a decision on the extension of martial law and general mobilization.

Then, addressing the Russian population, he said: When evil reaches such proportions, people's silence is close to complicity […] If you have Russian citizenship and you remain silent, it means that you are not fighting, which means you support the war.

The bombing of the plant raises fears of a nuclear disaster, which prompted a meeting of the Security Council on Thursday of the United Nations.

The Ukrainian authorities, supported by their Western allies, are calling for the demilitarization of the area and the withdrawal of forces from Moscow.

In the Kherson region, Ukraine has claimed having almost isolated the Russian troops deployed on the west bank of the Dnieper by bombardments which made the three bridges in the area impassable.

The only means of crossing the river for the occupiers are pontoons near the Antonivsky Bridge, but they will not be able to fully meet their equipment and ammunition needs, said a regional deputy, Serguiï Khlan.

Russian troops seized Kherson on the Dnieper River on March 3, the only regional capital they have so far managed to conquer.

< p class="e-p">According to the deputy, Russia is transferring its command centers from the right bank of the river to the left, aware that in the event of an escalation, they will not be able to be evacuated in time.

He estimated the number of Russian soldiers on the right bank of the river at 20,000 and said that they could still cross the broken bridges on foot.

Meanwhile, the first vessel chartered by the United Nations to transport Ukrainian grain was loaded with 23,000 tons of wheat on Sunday and is ready to set sail for Ethiopia, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov announced.

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