Kyiv: Russian forces fired rockets into the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine on Sunday, killing at least one person. A Russian diplomat has called on Ukraine to provide security assurances so that international inspectors can visit a nuclear power station that has been hit by fire.
The Mykolaiv region is located north of the Russian-occupied city of Kherson, which the Ukrainian military is determined to recapture. Ukraine’s emergency services said one person was killed in a gunfight in the Berezhnehuvet settlement in the Mykolaiv region early Sunday.
Concerns over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant have also grown as fighting intensifies in southern Ukraine. The plant is controlled by the Russian military and has come under sporadic shelling.
Both Ukraine and Russia are responsible for shelling each other. Officials say the shelling damaged the plant’s monitoring equipment and could lead to a nuclear meltdown. Zaporizhia is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Russia’s ambassador to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, Mikhail Ulyanov, called on Ukraine to halt attacks on the plant so that an International Atomic Energy Agency inspection mission could visit the site.
“It is important that Ukraine ceases shelling at the station and provides security guarantees to mission members,” Russia’s state news agency Tass said on Sunday. No international team can be deployed in the midst of continuous shelling.
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First Published: 14 August 2022, 21:05 IST