Ukraine’s defense intelligence service on Saturday warned of fresh Russian “provocations” at an occupied nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, while the exiled mayor of the city where the power plant is located said it had come under renewed fire.
The mayor of Enerhodar, Dmytro Orlov, who was evacuated to the Kyiv-controlled area in April, wrote on Telegram that local residents informed him on Saturday about a new Russian shelling towards the city’s industrial zone and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. It was not clear whether shells hit the site of the facility.
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Russian-appointed local official Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian forces shelled the plant.
“According to witnesses, explosions can be heard again in the city,” Rogov said, adding that shells fell near the power plant, without specifying whether they hit the area of the power plant.
Ukraine and Russia have exchanged allegations over several recent shelling incidents at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, while the G7 group of nations has urged Moscow to withdraw its forces from the plant.
Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of “hitting the part of the nuclear power plant that produces the energy that powers southern Ukraine.”
Russia says it supports calls for IAEA inspectors to inspect Zaporizhia and claims Ukraine is shelling the region
“The goal is to separate us from the (facility) and blame it on the Ukrainian army,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.
Earlier on Saturday, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Service said Russia was preparing new “provocations” at the facility, saying Russian troops had parked a Pion self-propelled howitzer outside the nearby town and placed a Ukrainian flag on it. The agency shared a photo that appeared to show the gun in question.
The agency also said Thursday’s strikes on the territory of the Zaporozhye plant, which Ukraine says damaged water pumping infrastructure and a fire station, were carried out from the Russian-controlled village of Vodiane, about seven kilometers east of the plant had been.
(Reporting by Max Hunder; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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