Ukraine calls on world to ‘show strength’ after shelling near nuclear plant

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  • Zelenskiy wants new sanctions against Russian nuclear sector
  • Ukraine and Russia blame shelling near factory
  • IAEA has warned of factory disasters unless fighting stops

Kiev, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine called for new sanctions against Russia, highlighting the risks and consequences of a catastrophe at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, where new shelling nearby has rekindled a blame game between the two sides.

Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials have exchanged accusations about who is responsible for attacks near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has warned Russian soldiers that if they attack the site in the now Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar, or use it as a base from which to fire, they will become a “special target”.

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“If a catastrophe is caused by Russia’s actions, the consequences could affect those who are currently silent,” he said in a belated speech Monday night, calling for new sanctions against Russia’s nuclear sector.

“If the world doesn’t show the strength and determination now to defend one nuclear power plant, that means the world has lost.”

The global nuclear watchdog has warned of disaster if the fighting does not stop.

Vladimir Rogov, a Russian-installed official in Enerhodar, said on Monday about 25 heavy artillery strikes from US-made M777 howitzers near the nuclear power plant and residential areas over a two-hour period.

Russian news agency Interfax, citing the press service of the Russian-appointed government of Enerhodar, said Ukrainian forces opened fire with explosions near the power plant.

But according to the chief of administration of the Nikopol district, which lies across the river from Enerhodar and remains under Ukrainian control, it was Russian troops who had shelled the city to try to give the impression that Ukraine was attacking it.

“The Russians think they can force the world to meet their terms by shelling the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” Andriy Yermak, chief of Ukraine’s presidential staff, wrote on Twitter.

Russian forces continued to shell villages and towns – Velika Kostryumka in the south and Marhanets – opposite the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, according to a report by the Southern District of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Facebook.

Ukrainian troops killed 23 Russian soldiers and destroyed two fortified positions, it added.

Reuters could not immediately verify the reports on the battlefield.

The United Nations says it has the logistical and security capabilities to support an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visit if both Russia and Ukraine agree. read more

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a telephone conversation with Guterres to discuss conditions for the safe operation of the plant, the ministry said on Monday.

“In close cooperation with the agency and its leadership, we will do everything necessary to get the IAEA specialists to the station and give a truthful assessment of the destructive actions by the Ukrainian side,” said Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Federation. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

But Igor Vishnevetsky, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry’s nuclear proliferation and arms control division, later said it would be too dangerous for an IAEA mission to travel through the capital Kiev to inspect the factory. read more

“Imagine what it means to go through Kiev — it means they get to the nuclear power plant through the front line,” the RIA news agency quoted Vishnevetsky as saying.

Ukraine, where parliament on Monday extended martial law for another three months, has said for weeks that it is planning a counter-offensive to retake Zaporizhzhya and neighboring Kherson province, most of the territory Russia had taken after the February 24 invasion. owned and still owns.

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The conflict, in which millions have fled and thousands have died, has severely strained relations between Moscow and the West.

A Russian-backed separatist court in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine has charged five foreigners who, according to Russian media, had been detained fighting Ukrainian troops on Monday for mercenaries. Three of the men could face the death penalty. read more

Russia said late Monday that British reconnaissance planes violated its air border on a peninsula east of Finland between the Barents Sea and the White Sea, and a fighter jet pushed the British plane out of Russian airspace.

The UK Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Russia calls its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to demilitarize its neighbor and protect Russian-speaking communities. Ukraine and western lenders accuse Moscow of waging an imperial war of conquest.

Russian troops were shelling for a wide range of frontline positions in the east and south, the Ukrainian army reported Monday evening.

Even as the biggest attack on a European state since 1945 began, progress was made with a grain deal to alleviate a global food crisis sparked by the conflict, the most significant diplomatic breakthrough achieved since the start of the war.

The Joint Coordination Center, established by the United Nations, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey, said it had approved the departure of the Brave Commander, the first humanitarian food aid cargo bound for Africa from Ukraine since the invasion. The intention is to leave on Tuesday.

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Reporting by Reuters agencies; Writing by Costas Pitas and Lincoln Feast; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien, Stephen Coates & Simon Cameron-Moore

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