Ukraine targets Russians ‘shooting at or from nuclear plant’ | New

President Zelenskyy said the Ukrainian army is targeting Russian soldiers who fire on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant or use it as cover.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his army was targeting Russian soldiers occupying a nuclear power plant in the south of the country.

Russia and Ukraine have exchanged accusations over several recent incidents of bombing raid at the Zaporizhzhia facility, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Russian troops captured the station early in the war.

ā€œEvery Russian soldier who shoots at the factory, or shoots using the factory as cover, must understand that he becomes a special target for our intelligence agents, for our special services, for our army,ā€ Zelenskyy said in a speech Saturday night. .

Zelenskyy, who gave no details, repeated accusations that Russia was using the plant as a form of nuclear blackmail.

Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Agency previously warned of further Russian ‘provocations’ around the plant while the exiled mayor of the town where the plant is located said it had come under renewed shelling Russians.

Charges swapped

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

“Energodar and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant are again under fire from [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky activists,ā€ Rogov said, referring to the city where the plant is located.

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

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of “hitting the part of the nuclear power plant where the energy that supplies southern Ukraine is generated”.

“The goal is to disconnect us from (the factory) and blame the Ukrainian military for this,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.

The Defense Intelligence Agency said Russian troops parked a Pion self-propelled howitzer outside the nearby town and affixed a Ukrainian flag to it.

The agency also said that Thursday’s attacks on the territory of the plant, which Ukraine says damaged water pumping infrastructure and a fire station, were carried out from the village of Vodiane under Russian control, about seven kilometers (4.35 miles) east of the plant. .

The areas occupied by Russia and those under Ukrainian control are divided by the Dnieper River.

The UN nuclear chief warned on Thursday that “very alarming” military activity at the plant could have dangerous consequences for the region and called for an end to attacks on the facility.

Rafael Grossi has urged Russia and Ukraine, who blame each other for attacks on the plant, to immediately allow nuclear experts to assess the damage and assess safety and security at the sprawling nuclear complex where the situation is “deteriorating very quickly”.

Ukraine, backed by Western allies, has called for a demilitarized zone around the plant and the withdrawal of Russian forces.

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