June 3, 2023

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Tensions are rising between Russians and Ukrainians over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Ukraine, Russia again accuse each other of firing on Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Kyiv and Moscow again blamed each other on Saturday for firing on Europe’s largest Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is occupied by Russia and has been targeted several times a week.

“Limit your presence to the streets of Enerhoder! “We have received reports of fresh provocations from the aggressors.” Russians, Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom reported on Telegram, rebroadcasting a message from a leader of Enerhodar (the city where the plant is located) loyal to Kyiv.

According to the testimonies of citizens, the shelling in the direction of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia is going on again. (…). The interval between the onset and arrival of scenes is three to five seconds”Adds a message.

At the end of the day, Ukrainian military intelligence said “Residents [russes] bombing[aient] Nuclear power plant (…) From the nearby village of Vodian on the right bank of the Dnieper »The river separates areas in Russian hands from areas controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

One of the strikes damaged a pumping unit and another “As a result of the partial destruction of the fire department responsible for the safety of the nuclear power plant”According to a military intelligence report, it also blames Russian forces “Making provocations under the Ukrainian flag”.

For their part, the occupation authorities established in the Russian-occupied areas of Zaporizhia region, unsurprisingly, have blamed Ukrainian forces for the origin of these shootings.

« Enerhodar and the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia are again under fire from militants [du président ukrainien, Volodymyr] Zelensky », Vladimir Rokov, a member of the pro-Russian military and civil administration, said in Telegram. The projectiles fell “In the areas located on the banks of the Dnieper and the power plant”He said without reporting any casualties or damage.

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The president of Ukraine condemned in his daily speech “Russian Bullying” Around a nuclear power plant. “The occupiers are using the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant to terrorize people in a very cynical way” The president said that Russian forces “hide” Behind the power station bombing the (Ukrainian-controlled) towns of Nikopol and Marhanets.

“Every day that Russian crews spend on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and neighboring regions increases the nuclear threat to Europe”He warned and called “New Sanctions Against Russia” order “Stop Russia’s Nuclear Industry”. He added that officials of “Blackmail” want “Tried at the International Court of Justice”.

A series of bombings that both sides blame on each other have targeted the Zaporizhia power plant since last week, raising fears of a nuclear holocaust and prompting a United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday.