Blasts hit Crimea, Russian missile wounds 12 near nuclear plant in southern Ukraine

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Aug 20 (Reuters) – Another blast rang out on the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula on Saturday and a Russian missile hit a residential area of ​​a southern Ukrainian city not far from a nuclear power plant, injuring 12 civilians, Russian and Ukrainian officials said.

That attack on the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant (southern Ukraine) and new shelling near Zaporizhzhya station, Europe’s largest such facility, sparked new fears of a nuclear accident during the war, Ukrainian officials said.

In Crimea, Ukrainian territory occupied and annexed by Russia during a 2014 raid on Ukraine, the Russian-appointed governor who was not recognized by the West said a drone hit a building near the headquarters of the Russian Black on Saturday morning. naval fleet.

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“A drone flew on the roof. It flew low,” Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said on Telegram. “It was shot down just above fleet headquarters. He fell on the roof and burned down. The attack failed.’

Razvozhayev issued a new statement on Telegram in the evening, saying that the region’s anti-aircraft defense system was up and running again and asking residents to stop filming and distributing photos of how it worked.

Ukrainian media reported explosions in nearby towns, including the resorts of Yevpatoriya, Olenivka and Zaozyornoye.

Explosions and fires have hit Crimea over the past week, including an explosion at a Russian air base that appeared to destroy large numbers of aircraft according to satellite photos.

Ukrainian officials have not commented. Analysts have said the attacks were made possible by new equipment used by the Ukrainian military and predicted more would happen.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy referred sideways to the Crimean incidents in his overnight video address, saying there was anticipation in the peninsula ahead of the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet government next week.

“You can literally feel Crimea in the air this year, that the occupation there is only temporary and that Ukraine is coming back,” he said.

CHILDREN AMONG THE INJURIES

After the strike near the power plant in southern Ukraine, Vitaliy Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv region, said on Telegram that four children were among the injured. Private houses and a five-storey apartment building were damaged in Voznesensk, 30 km (19 mi) from the factory, the second largest in Ukraine.

The prosecutor’s office in the Mykolaiv region, updating an earlier toll, said 12 civilians were injured.

The state-owned Energoatom, which operates all four of Ukraine’s nuclear power generators, described the attack on Voznesensk as “a new act of Russian nuclear terrorism”.

“It is possible that this missile was specifically aimed at the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, which the Russian army attempted to capture in early March,” Energoatom said in a statement.

Russia did not immediately respond to the accusation. Reuters could not verify the situation in Voznesensk. There were no reports of damage to the factory in southern Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine have exchanged new accusations about shelling around the Zaporizhzhya station, which has been in Russia’s hands since March.

Vladimir Rogov, a Russian-appointed official in the nearby city of Enerhodar, said Ukrainian forces carried out at least four attacks on the factory. Yevhen Yetushenko, mayor of Ukrainian-controlled Nikopol across the Dnipro River, said Russian forces had shelled the city repeatedly.

Talks have been underway for more than a week to arrange a visit to the plant by the UN nuclear power plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Ukrainian authorities have called on the United Nations and other international organizations to force Russian troops to leave the Zaporizhzhya factory. read more

And in Mariupol, a city in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia after weeks of shelling, officials said Russia’s new mayor, Konstantin Ivashchenko, had survived an assassination attempt.

“It didn’t work,” Petro Andryushchenko, an official from the deposed city council, told Telegram. “But this is just the beginning.”

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, editing by Ron Popeski, Diane Craft and Chris Reese

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