Russia fired mortars near Ukraine’s main nuclear plant.
US President Joe Biden, leaders of France, Germany and Britain expressed concern over the situation.
The UN chief, during his visit to Ukraine last week, called for caution against such incidents.
Nikopol. Four people were injured on Monday in Russian shelling across the river from Ukraine’s main nuclear plant. An official gave this information. The attack comes at a time when an international appeal was again made a few hours ago to prevent a nuclear disaster to protect the region from attacks. Nikopol is located on the other side of the Dnieper River and is about 10 kilometers from the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant. Nikopol has been attacked three times with rockets and mortars since last night. Homes, a kindergarten, bus stations and shops were hit.
Mayor Alexander Sayuk said four people were injured, two of whom were hospitalized. Reports of continued shelling around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant further highlighted the dangers of war. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres again urged caution during his visit to Ukraine last week. After that, US President Joe Biden discussed the issue further with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain on Sunday.
The four leaders stressed the need to avoid military operations in the region to prevent the possibility of a potentially catastrophic nuclear event, and called for the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency to be allowed to visit the facility as soon as possible. However, nothing seems certain in a war that has sparked fear and anxiety in eastern and southern Ukraine, as far as the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula and Moscow. The daughter of an influential Russian politician was killed in a car explosion in Moscow on Saturday night. The said politician is considered close to Putin.
On Monday, Russian officials were looking for clues as to who might be behind his death. Officials said preliminary information indicated that 29-year-old television presenter Daria Dugina had died after an explosive device was installed in her vehicle. A former Russian opposition lawmaker, Ilya Ponomarev, said that an unknown Russian group, the National Republican Army, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The Associated Press could not confirm the existence of the group. Ukrainian officials have denied involvement.
In Crimea, concerns have risen after incidents of fires and explosions at Russian units in the past two weeks. The governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozev, ordered that signs indicating the location of bomb shelters be put up in the city.
tags: russia, Ukraine
First Published: 22 August 2022, 21:31 IST