War on 169: Ukraine accused Russia of shelling and damaged the radiation sensor of the Zaporizhzhia factory

Ukraine accused Russia of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, damaging “several radiation sensors”, while Moscow accused Kiev forces of attacking the plant.

Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company Energoatom said on August 11 that new Russian attacks occurred near one of the six reactors of the nuclear power plant. Zaporizhzhia, which is currently controlled by Russia, and has a “smoky haze”. “Some radiation sensors are damaged,” the company said.

Energoatom previously said that a failure of sensors at the facility could make it impossible for them to detect and respond in time if radiation leaks from spent nuclear fuel tanks occur.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Rogov, a regional government official appointed by Russia, previously announced on Telegram that Ukrainian forces “again attacked the Zaporozhzhia nuclear power plant”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant could “lead to disaster”.

“Regrettably, rather than de-escalating, over the past several days there have been reports of even more disturbing incidents, which, if continued, could lead to disaster,” he said, calling on the forces “immediately cease” all military activity near the plant.

A Russian soldier stands guard at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, southeast Ukraine, August 4.  Photo: Reuters.

A Russian soldier stands guard at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, southeast Ukraine, August 4. Image: Reuters.

The Zaporizhzhia plant is in the spotlight as Ukraine and Russia repeatedly accuse each other of ambushing this facility, potentially leading to disaster. Russia has controlled the Zaporizhzhia plant since March, but the facility is still operated by Ukrainian technical staff. This plant has 6 large reactors, capable of supplying electricity to 4 million households. The Ukrainian operator accused Russian forces of preparing to connect the facility to the Crimean peninsula’s power grid.

Mr. Guterres repeated his warning that “potential damage to Zaporizhzhia or any other nuclear facility in Ukraine could lead to catastrophic consequences not only for the immediate vicinity but also for the region and beyond.” again”.

A US State Department spokesman said the US supports calls for a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

“Fighting near a nuclear plant is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue to call on Russia to cease all military activities at or near Ukraine’s nuclear facilities and return full control to Ukraine, and support Ukraine’s call for a demilitarized zone around the plant,” the spokesman said.

Location of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant.  Graphics: Washington Post.

Location of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant. Graphics: Washington Post.

Pro-Russian separatists accuse Ukraine of shelling a brewery in the city Donetskeastern Ukraine, killing one person and causing an ammonia leak, sparking a fire that at one point covered 600 square meters.

Images from the scene showed flames lighting up the sky above part of the city, while firefighters wore masks as they battled the blaze.

Russian media reported that “toxic gas is affecting a radius of 2 km around the plant”. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and not open windows.

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has not commented on this information.

Battle of Day 169: Ukraine accuses Russia of shelling and damaging the radiation sensor of the Zaporizhzhia plant

A brewery in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, was shelled on August 11. Video: Reuters.

According to Ukrainian officials, at least two people were killed and nine injured, including a 13-year-old girl, after Russian forces shelled the province. Dnipropetrovskcentral Ukraine.

Dnipropetrovsk Governor Valentin Reznichenko said more than a hundred Russian shells hit four districts of the region, damaging dozens of buildings and leaving thousands of residents without power. Rescue teams were searching for survivors in the rubble, he said.

Dnipro, the largest city in the region, was also hit by rockets. The extent of the damage is not yet known.

The Ukrainian military announced that it had carried out six airstrikes against Russian targets in the south. Russian forces attacked in the city of Beryslav, province Kherson and destroyed ammunition depots in Bashtanka, Barvinka. Russian command posts were also destroyed.

The information comes as Ukrainian forces increase their operations in the south of the country.

Britain and Denmark announced they would provide more financial and military aid to Ukraine, as European defense ministers met in Copenhagen to discuss long-term defense support to Kiev.

Britain, which has been donating advanced weapons systems, said it would send more rocket launchers and a significant number of precision-guided M31A1 missiles that can hit targets up to 80 kilometers away. .

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Denmark will increase financial aid to Ukraine by 110 million euros ($113.6 million).

The first grain-carrying vessel to leave Ukraine under a UN-backed deal docked in Turkey on August 10. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni left the Ukrainian port of Odessa on August 1, carrying 26,000 tons of corn and was scheduled to dock in the Lebanese port of Tripoli last weekend.

However, Ukrainian officials said that the five-month delay in deliveries due to hostilities caused the Lebanese buyer to cancel the deal while the ship was at sea. Maritime traffic websites show the Razoni docked at Mersin port in the Turkish Mediterranean Sea after a few days of mooring off the coast.

A buyer in Turkey will take over this shipment. “The goods have been sold. It will be unloaded at Mersin,” the Turkish official said.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recorded more than 5,400 deaths and nearly 7,500 injuries since the 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 10.6 million people have left Ukraine and more than 4.5 million have entered Ukraine from abroad during the nearly six months of conflict. The agency records more than 6.3 million Ukrainian refugees across Europe.

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.

Huyen Le (Theo Guardian, AFP)

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