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Ukraine’s six-unit Zaporizhia nuclear site, the largest in Europe and fifth largest in the world.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station under Russian attack-fire early morning 4 March 2022 (a little over a week after Russia launched its full-scale invasion on 24 Feb. 2022).

Russia is using the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station as a base and as a shield to attack surrounding areas. Ukraine can’t effectively counter these attacks without risking a nuclear disaster. Ukraine should have been given the tools to stop Russia from taking control of this huge nuclear power station, e.g. air cover. The world may pay with another nuclear meltdown for its cowardly refusal to effectively help Ukraine counter Russia in a timely manner. By allowing fears of Russia’s nuclear weapons to cow it into submission, the west has enabled something potentially more long-lasting and devastating: the threat of meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors.

Ukraine says Russia is storing weapons at Europe’s biggest nuclear plant”: https://youtu.be/5IX1kyGypD4

Two people were killed in Nikopol on Saturday when heavy Russian shelling hit the southern Ukrainian town, the emergency services and regional governor said. The regional governor of Dnipropetrovsk, Valentyn Reznichenko, said Russia fired 53 Grad rockets at the town, Reuters reports…

Russia storing weapons in European nuclear plant – Ukrainian official

Russia is using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as a base to store weapons, including “missile systems”, and shell surrounding areas in Ukraine, an official with Kyiv’s nuclear agency said.

The president of the Ukrainian state nuclear agency, Energoatom, said on Friday that the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was “extremely tense”, with up to 500 Russian soldiers controlling the plant, Agence France-Presse reports.

“The occupiers bring their machinery there, including missile systems, from which they already shell the other side of the River Dnipro and the territory of Nikopol,” Pedro Kotin said in a televised interview.

The nuclear plant in south-western Ukraine has been under Russian control since the early weeks of Moscow’s invasion, though it is still being operated by Ukrainian staff.

The most recent attack in the Dnipro region left three dead and 15 wounded, regional governor Valentin Reznichenko said on Telegram.

The threat of air raids across most of Ukraine was also raised after strikes were reported in areas far from the frontlines. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the Russian objective was to “cause maximum damage to Ukrainian cities”. Excerpt courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/jul/16/russia-ukraine-war-air-raid-sirens-in-kyiv-as-russia-intensifies-long-range-bombardment-latest-updates

Russia stepped up its assault on cities and towns across Ukraine, with Ukrainian officials announcing the deaths of 17 civilians.

Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s Minister of Defense, gave an order “to further intensify the actions of units in all operational areas,” the ministry said.

Ukraine’s atomic energy agency Energoatom said Russia was storing weapons at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, to shell the surrounding regions of Nikopol and Dnipro.

Energoatom president Petro Kotin called the situation at the plant “extremely tense” with 500 Russian soldiers controlling the facility”. Excerpt from DW “Russia-Ukraine updates”, 16-07-2022 https://www.dw.com/en/russia-ukraine-updates-russia-appears-to-restart-donbas-attacks/a-62497313

Nikopol, 18 July 2022, Photo: Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Head Valentyn Reznichenko

The rockets that hit Nikopol, during the night, were presumably fired from the nuclear power station, since this was one of the towns mentioned.
Russian military fire over 60 projectiles at Nikopol
PHOTOS 18.07.2022 08:59 https://www.ukrinform.net
Russian military have fired over 60 projectiles at the city Nikopol with multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

The relevant statement was made by Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Head Valentyn Reznichenko on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. https://t.me/dnipropetrovskaODA/1340

“We have been under enemy fire again. Russian troops struck Nikopol with MLRS several times last night. Over 60 projectiles were fired at residential areas and city infrastructure,” Reznichenko wrote.

According to the preliminary data, a 75-year-old woman was injured and taken to hospital. Dozens of detached houses were destroyed. The water and gas pipelines were damaged. Russian projectiles also hit a hospital, industrial and power enterprises, port facilities.

Relevant services are working at the scene to repair the damaged communications and establish the scale of destruction.

Photo: Valentyn Reznichenko, Telegram

Dnipropetrovsk region https://t.me/dnipropetrovskaODA
July 18
12.35 p.m

Our region is again under Russian fire. The enemy shelled the Synelnyki district.

The rocket hit the elevator. Warehouses with more than five thousand tons of grain were destroyed there.

Another blow came across the school yard. The facade and roof of the local lyceum were damaged, more than 50 windows were broken.

And there is a hit in the private circle of local residents.

… no one was injured during the attack.

The Russian horde is shooting at civilians again. There were no soldiers in the villages.

This attack once again proves that the Russian army is a terrorist army.”. https://t.me/dnipropetrovskaODA/1340

Citizens of Energodar Ukraine were able to block Russian military takeover of Nuclear power station, but only temporarily.

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