Russia has controlled the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant since March.
Ukraine and Russia on Friday accused each other of strikes at the site of Ukraine's nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, Europe's largest, on the day three new shipments of grain, crucial for global food security , left Ukrainian ports.
At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi, in southwestern Russia, on the shores of the Black Sea, where they decided to strengthen trade exchanges between their countries and to meet mutual expectations in the field of economy and energy, according to the Kremlin.
Mr. Putin further thanked Mr. Erdogan for his efforts in reaching an agreement in Istanbul between Moscow and Ukraine on grain deliveries from Ukrainian ports.
For its part, the NGO Amnesty International persisted in accusing the Ukrainian army of endangering the lives of civilians in the war with Russia, while a new Russian strike on Mykolaiv, in the southern Ukraine, injured 22, local authorities said.
The situation was confused on Friday evening concerning the situation at the Zaporijia power plant, under Russian occupation since the beginning of March, kyiv and Moscow rejecting responsibility for strikes on the site.
Today, the occupiers have created another extremely risky situation for all of Europe: they have twice struck the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia. Any bombardment of this site is a shameless crime, an act of terror, hammered President Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily video message.
Despite Russian provocations, the plant continues to operate and supply electricity to Ukraine's energy system through working lines. In accordance with their capacity, it was decided to unload and disconnect one of the reactors, for its part informed the Ukrainian state company Energoatom.
However, there are risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances. The danger of fire is high, she warned.
The Russian army, for its part, spoke in a statement of artillery fire by Ukrainian armed formations, both against the territory of the Zaporizhia power plant and the city of Enerhodar, and denounced acts of nuclear terrorism.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that the situation was volatile and more and more dangerous day by day at the nuclear power plant. Zaporizhia.
At the time of the capture of this site in March, the Russian military opened fire on buildings there, at the risk of causing a major nuclear accident.
Five days after the departure from the southern Ukrainian port of Odessa of a first cargo ship – expected in Lebanon on Sunday – carrying Ukrainian cereals since the outbreak of the Russian offensive, three more shipments, also of corn, left Ukraine in a convoy, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
They are for Ireland, England and Turkey.
Should follow a series of regular rotations to supply agricultural markets.
At the same time, a building is on its way, also to recover grain, towards the Ukrainian port of Chernomorsk, which it must reach on Saturday.
The main thing now is the steady increase in exports, noted President Zelensky.
Russia and Ukraine have signed two separate agreements, validated by Turkey and the United Nations, which allow the export of Ukrainian cereals immobilized by the conflict and Russian agricultural products, despite Western sanctions. With the aim of alleviating the food crisis in some of the poorest countries, linked to the blocking of Ukrainian ports.
Arousing the ire of Ukraine, Amnesty International, in a report published Thursday after a four-month investigation, accused the Ukrainian military of setting up bases in schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated areas, a violation of international humanitarian law, according to the NGO.
The Ukrainian head of state in return accused her of trying to amnesty the Russian terrorist state and shift responsibility for the #x27;aggressor to the victim.
On Friday, Amnesty International fully confirmed its findings, based on evidence obtained in wide-ranging investigations subject to the same rigorous standards and vetting process as all of its usual work.
The NGO, however, in its report, insisted that Ukrainian tactics in no way justify the indiscriminate Russian attacks that have affected the population.
On the ground, the Russians once again bombed Mykolaiv, a town not far from the southern front, on Friday.
Toll: 22 injured, including a 13-year-old boy, and many homes damaged, said its mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich.
A curfew has been imposed in this city until Monday morning in order to neutralize the collaborators of the Russians, said the governor of the region Vitali Kim.
Ukrainian forces are currently conducting a counter-offensive in the south, where they claim to have recaptured more than 50 villages that fell from Russian soldiers.