165th day of hostilities: Ukraine accuses Russia of nuclear terrorism

The Ukrainian president called the attack on the Zaporizhzhia power plant an “act of Russian nuclear terrorism” and called for an international response.

In a phone call with European Council President Charles Michel on August 7, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as “an act of Russian nuclear terrorism”.

Zelensky called for a stronger international response, including imposing sanctions on Russia’s nuclear and nuclear fuel industry.

His appeal came after Ukrainian officials accused Russia of “fireworks”. Zaporizhzhia power plant“, damaging three damaged radiation sensors and injuring one worker. This is the second day in a row that the Zaporizhzhia power plant has been attacked.

However, the official of the Russian-appointed city of Energodar, where the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is located, claimed that “Ukrainian troops carried out an ambush with cluster bombs launched by Uragan rocket artillery”.

“The shrapnel and rocket engine fell about 400 meters from an operating reactor. The raid damaged administrative buildings and hit a storage area for spent fuel,” the city official Energodar said. said.

165th day of hostilities: Ukraine accuses Russia of nuclear terrorism

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on August 7. Video: Star.

Russia controlled Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine’s largest power plant, from day one of the special military operation. The facility was recently raided, causing damage to several structures and a reactor shutdown.

The events at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant alarmed the international community. Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned “this highlights the huge risk of a nuclear disaster”.

The Ukrainian military said that Russian forces have increased their attacks on the northern and northwestern areas of the city Donetsk, the provincial capital of the same name in the Donbass region. Russian forces hit Ukrainian positions near the residential areas of Piski and Avdiivka, as well as shelling other locations in the Donetsk region.

Kiev believes that Russia is strengthening its forces in southern Ukraine to prevent a potential counteroffensive by the country near Kherson.

Russia has not commented on the Ukrainian information.

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on August 7 that the Russian military destroyed an arsenal containing 45,000 tons of ammunition that NATO supplied to Ukraine near Voznesensk, Oblast. Mykolaiv. Russian forces also destroyed five ammunition depots and a Ukrainian Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile complex in other areas.

The agency said Ukrainian forces “suffered heavy losses and had to take many measures to make up for the lack of personnel of units on the Donbass battlefield”, including going to the front lines of unfinished recruits. training course with “people who have not completed rehabilitation after injury”.

Ukraine has not commented on the information of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Kherson provincial officials appointed by Russia on August 7 announced Vitaly Gura, deputy chief of the regional office Kakhovkadied in hospital after being shot the day before.

Mr. Gura was shot on the morning of August 6, then was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Vladimir Leontiev, the head of the Kakhovka region’s government, said the gunman used pistols and submachine guns to open fire on Mr. Gura. One source said Mr Gura was shot near his home.

The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after more than 5 months of fighting.  Graphics: Washington Post.

The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after more than 5 months of fighting. Graphics: Washington Post.

After more than five months of hostilities, Western officials say Russia faces a shortage of manpower and equipment, which could present a good opportunity for a counter-attack for Ukraine.

Western intelligence says signs of Russia’s problems have increased recently, such as shells missing their targets, intercepted phone calls showing many service members complaints about old tanks and high injury rates. death increased. However, Russia may have more difficulty rebuilding its strategy, at least in the short term.

Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt, two analysts of New York Timessaid that both Russia and Ukraine have lost thousands of troops, of which yes even the most elite and battle-hardened forces, as artillery battles destroyed many cities and towns in the Donbass region.

Western export controls put Russian arms manufacturers under pressure, at least in the short term, to reduce or stop producing high-precision guided munitions or advanced ammunition. other.

The shortage of ammunition forced Russian forces to aim more carefully, limiting attacks on moving convoys, and instead shelling fixed Ukrainian targets.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded more than 5,300 civilian deaths and more than 7,300 injuries since conflict broke out in Ukraine. The actual number may be higher due to hostilities hindering the verification and statistical process.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports more than 10.3 million people have left Ukraine and more than 4.2 million have entered Ukraine from abroad during more than five months of conflict. The agency records more than 6.3 million Ukrainian refugees across Europe.

Nguyen Tien (Theo Reuters, Zvezda)

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