Ukraine says it is targeting Russians shooting at, or from nuclear plant

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KYIV, Aug. 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine targets Russian soldiers firing at an occupied nuclear power plant in the south of the country or using it as a base to fire from, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday.

Ukraine and Russia have exchanged allegations over several recent incidents of shelling at the Zaporizhzhya facility, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Russian troops captured the station early in the war.

“Any Russian soldier who either fires at the factory, or uses the factory as a cover, must understand that he is becoming a special target for our intelligence services, for our special services, for our army,” Zelenskiy said in an evening speech.

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Zelenskiy, who gave no details, repeated allegations that Russia was using the plant as nuclear blackmail.

The G7 group of countries has called on Moscow to withdraw its troops from the power plant.

A view shows the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant during the Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhya region, Ukraine, Aug. 4, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency previously warned of new Russian “provocations” around the factory, while the exiled mayor of the city where the factory is located said it had come under fresh Russian shelling.

But local Russian-installed official Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian troops fired on the factory.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of “hitting the part of the nuclear power plant that generates the energy that powers southern Ukraine”.

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

Defense intelligence said Russian forces parked a Pawn self-propelled howitzer outside the nearby town and put a Ukrainian flag on it.

The agency also said Thursday’s strikes in the factory’s territory, which Ukraine says had damaged water pumping infrastructure and a fire station, were carried out from the Russian-controlled village of Vodiane, about seven kilometers (4.35 miles) east of the factory. .

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Reporting by Max Hunder and David Ljunggren; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Sandra Maler

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