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Russia attacks nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, damages power plant buildings

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Russia has hit a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, damaging power plant buildings.

Kremlin troops attacked the Pivdennoukrainsk plant in the Mykolaiv region, causing a “powerful explosion” just 300 meters away from the reactors.

The attack damaged power plant buildings, a nearby hydroelectric plant, and transmission lines.

Russia hit a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, damaging power plant buildings

Kremlin troops hit the Pivdennoukrainsk plant in the Mykolaiv region, causing a 'powerful explosion' just 300 meters away from the reactors

Kremlin troops hit the Pivdennoukrainsk plant in the Mykolaiv region, causing a ‘powerful explosion’ just 300 meters away from the reactors

But the three reactors at the Pivdennoukrainsk plant have not been damaged and are operating normally, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company Energoatom said.

“Currently, all three power plants of the PNPP (Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant) are operating normally. Fortunately, there were no casualties among the station staff,” said Energoatom.

It published two photos showing a crater allegedly created by the blast. In one of the photos, a man stood in the crater to get an idea of ​​its size.

Commenting on the attack on the Telegram messaging app, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “The invaders wanted to shoot again, but they forgot what a nuclear power plant is. Russia is endangering the whole world. We have to stop it before it’s too late.’

The attack damaged power plant buildings, a nearby hydroelectric plant, and transmission lines

The attack damaged power plant buildings, a nearby hydroelectric plant, and transmission lines

There was no immediate Russian response to Ukraine’s allegations.

The Mykolaiv region has been under constant fire from Russian forces in recent weeks.

Another Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya, the largest in Europe and located about 250 kilometers east of the Mykolaiv site, was shut down earlier this month due to Russian shelling, raising concerns about a possible nuclear disaster.

Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for shelling the Zaporizhzhya factory, which is owned by Russian troops but operated by Ukrainian personnel. The shelling damaged buildings and disrupted power lines.

The UN nuclear watchdog said this weekend that one of the four main power lines at the Russian-operated nuclear facility in Zaporizhzhya had been repaired and would re-supply electricity from the Ukrainian grid.

Some military analysts have said Russia could stage a nuclear incident in Zaporizhzhya, which is Russian-owned but led by Ukrainian personnel, in response to Ukraine’s sudden counter-attack that repelled Putin’s men.

A view of an abandoned military position not far from the town of Balakliya, Kharkiv . region

A view of an abandoned military position not far from the town of Balakliya, Kharkiv . region

A soldier stands at the recaptured checkpoint in Shevchenkove, Kharkiv region, amid Ukraine's counter-offensive

A soldier stands at the recaptured checkpoint in Shevchenkove, Kharkiv region, amid Ukraine’s counter-offensive

US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for vigilance on Sunday after a visit to a base in Poland that aided Ukraine’s war effort.

“The war is not going well with Russia at the moment, so it is our duty to maintain a high level of preparedness and alertness,” he said after his trip to the base, which was not identified by reporters traveling with him.

With battlefield losses mounting, the Russian military is looking for contract soldiers for what it calls the “special military operation” in Ukraine, offering nearly $3,000 a month in incentive.

It comes as Zelensky swore there would be no end to the struggle to regain the territory lost to Russia, as Kiev said his troops had moved to the east bank of the Oskil River and the Russian occupation forces in the Donbas threatened.

Crossing the Oskil is another major milestone in Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the northeastern region of Kharkov, as it flows south to the Siversky Donets River, which cuts through Luhansk, one of the two provinces in the Donbas River. region.

Donbas is the traditional industrial heart of Ukraine made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Ukrainian troops have crossed the Oskil. As of yesterday, Ukraine will control the eastern bank,” the Ukrainian armed forces wrote on Telegram on Sunday evening.

People cross a damaged bridge in northeastern Ukraine's Kharkiv region as Russian forces are driven back

People cross a damaged bridge in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region as Russian forces are driven back

Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, wrote on Telegram: “The Luhansk region is next door. Decoccupation is not far away.’

Zelensky promised to continue the pressure on Moscow after Ukraine’s swift victories in Kharkov this month.

“Perhaps some of you have the impression that after a series of victories we now have a kind of calm,” he said in his regular nighttime address on Sunday. ‘But there will be no silence. Preparations are underway for the next series… For Ukraine, it must be free. Everything.’

Russian artillery shelled towns and villages along the front lines to the east and south on Sunday, including civilian infrastructure in the city of Zaporizhzhya, Ukrainian officials said.

Britain said Russian forces have expanded attacks on civilian infrastructure after setbacks on the battlefield and are likely to expand their targets further.

“As Russia faces setbacks on the front lines, Russia has likely expanded the sites it is prepared to attack in an effort to directly undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the Defense Ministry said.

Forensic technicians dig a grave in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum, eastern Ukraine on September 16, 2022

Forensic technicians dig a grave in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum, eastern Ukraine on September 16, 2022

Ukrainian officials have discovered 450 new graves in just one cemetery near Izyum after they recaptured the eastern city from the Russians last weekend

Ukrainian officials have discovered 450 new graves in just one cemetery near Izyum after they recaptured the eastern city from the Russians last weekend

Ukraine’s southern command said on Monday that attacks have also been carried out on a radar station near Kherson and on a pontoon crossing at Nova Kakhovka east of Kherson, where a Ukrainian counter-offensive has aimed at knocking out bridges over the Dnipro and Dnipro rivers. Inhulets.

Separately, Ukraine’s General Defense Staff said its forces repulsed Russian attacks in the areas of the Mykolaivka Druga, Vesela Dolyna and Bakhmut settlements in the Donetsk region. Kiev also hit “enemy targets” including air defenses and ammunition depots in multiple attacks, it added.

Zelensky said on Saturday that authorities had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 17 soldiers in Izium, some of which he said showed signs of torture.

Residents of Izium have searched for dead relatives at a forest grave where workers began exhuming bodies last week.

Thin wooden crosses are seen at a cemetery in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum, on September 17, 2022

Thin wooden crosses are seen at a cemetery in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum, on September 17, 2022

This photo taken on September 14, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank and armored personnel carriers on the outskirts of Izyum, Kharkiv Region, eastern Ukraine

This photo taken on September 14, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank and armored personnel carriers on the outskirts of Izyum, Kharkiv Region, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian officials last week said they had found 440 bodies in forests near Izium. They said most of the dead were civilians and the causes of death had not been established.

The Kremlin has not commented on the discovery of the graves, but in the past Moscow has repeatedly denied that it deliberately attacked civilians or committed atrocities.

In Kozacha Lopan, a village about 50 kilometers north of Kharkiv and close to the Russian border, a Reuters reporter was taken to a filthy basement with iron-barred rooms that officials say had served as a makeshift prison during the occupation. .

Mayor Vyacheslav Zadorenko said the rooms had been used as a “torture cellar” to detain civilians.

Reuters was unable to verify those accounts.

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