Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainian officials accuse Russian troops of shelling from Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power

Screenshot from a video released by Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant shows bright flaring object landing in grounds of the nuclear plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine on March 4, 2022

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Kyiv: Ukraine on Saturday accused Russian troops of using Europe’s largest nuclear plant for shelling the surrounding regions of Nikopol and Dnipro, reported AFP. President of Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom, Petro Kotin, termed the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as “extremely tense”.
As per Kotin, around Russian troops are controlling the plant. The plant is located in southeast Ukraine. It has been under Russia’s control since the early days of Moscow‘s invasion. However, it is still operated by Ukrainian staff.
According to reports, on Saturday, Russian missiles hit residential buildings in the city of Nikopol. Two people were killed in the attack, said Dnipro regional governor Valentin Reznichenko. Meanwhile, three people were reportedly killed in the town of Chuguiv Kharkiv near Ukraine’s Kharkiv in overnight Russian shelling. The news was confirmed by governor Oleg Synegubov.
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The death toll from the Russian missile in the central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia rose to 24. In Ukraine’s south, two people were wounded by Russian shelling in the town of Bashtanka, according to the regional governor, Vitaliy Kim. Bashtanka is located northeast of the Black Sea city of Mykolaiv.

The fighting has intensified in the separatist republic of Donetsk. In the past 24 hours, seven civilians were killed and 14 others were wounded in attacks on cities in the province. Last week, Russia claimed that its forces had taken complete control of another separatist republic of Lugansk.

Notably, the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine comprises – Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Russian forces are eying to consolidate their position in the region. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.