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Ukraine and Russia exchange accusations of attacking nuclear plants

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Kiev (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine and Russia exchanged new accusations of carrying out attacks around the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the largest in Europe and which has been repeatedly bombarded last week.

The plant in the southwest of Ukraine has been occupied since March by Russian forces and Kiev accuses Moscow of installing there hundreds of soldiers and storing weapons.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenski, accused Russia on Saturday of “blackmailing” nuclear, assuring that Moscow uses the nuclear plant to “intimidar gente de manera muy cínica”, en su mensaje televisado diario.

“They organize constant provocations with the bombardment of the territory of the nuclear plant and intend to bring additional forces in that direction to blackmail our state and all the free world,” he added.

Aseguró que las fuerzas rusas se “hidden” en la planta para bombardear las localities de Nikopol y Marganets, que están bajo ucraniano control.

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The Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom warned the residents of the city of Energodar, where the plant is located, not to leave the street as far as possible due to the Russian bombardment.

“Según los residents, there are new bombs in the direction of the nuclear plant (…) The time between the shooting and the arrival of the bomb is 3-5 seconds”, said the nuclear operator on Saturday in Telegram, sharing a Message from a local chief in Energodar, under control of Kiev.

But the pro-Russian authorities in the occupied areas of Zaporizhia are guilty of the attacks on the Ukrainian forces.

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“Energodar and the nuclear plant of Zaporizhia are again under attack by militants of Zelenski”, said Vladimir Rogov, member of the administration installed by Moscow.

Los misiles cayeron “en areas situadas a orillas del río Dnipro y en la planta”, aseguró, sin reportar bajas o daños.

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This river divides the areas controlled by Russia and Ukraine.

Catastrophe nuclear

The accusations of Kiev and Moscow of bombings in the nuclear plant this month have awakened fears of a nuclear catastrophe.

The Security Council of the UN celebrated an emergency meeting on Thursday and warned of a “serious” crisis on the march in Zaporizhia.

Ukraina dijo que los primeros ataques, el 5 de Augusto, golpearon un cable de alto voltaje y apagaron uno de los reactores.

Other attacks carried out on Thursday damaged a bomb station and radiation sensors.

Ukraine, with occidental support, asked for a demilitarized zone around the plant and demanded the withdrawal of the Russian forces.

In the city of Marganets, 13 km from the nuclear installation and controlled by Ukraine, the residents come to the plant with a dark sense of reality.

“Usted sabe que si morimos, ocurrirá en un segundo, no sufriremos”, says Anastasia, de 30 años, a la AFP. “Me tranquiliza que mi niño y mi familia no sentirán dolor”.

Los militares ukranianos llamaron a no visitar la ribera del Dnipro por mor a que los soldieras rusos disparen desde el otro lado.

“Hay un miedo constante, y las noticias dicen que la situación en la planta es muy tensa, así que every second that passes is más terrible”, warned Ksenia, de 18 años, while attending to clients in a café on the main calle comercial de la ciudad.

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“Uno teme ir a dormir porque aquí de noche pasan cosas terribles”, he says.

Meanwhile, Ukraine affirmed on Sunday that the Russian troops who crossed the Dnipro river in the region of Jersón, a city in the south occupied by Russia, risked being blocked there after the bridges in the area were damaged.

“Los únicos medios de traversar el río por parte del occupante son los puentes laterales del puente Antonivski, pero no podran responde totalmente sus necessidades”, declared to la televisión ukraniana a regional deputy, Sergui Khlan.

Calculó en 20.000 el número de soldados rusos presentes en la ribera derecha del río y precisó que pueden todava “atravesar los puentes dañados a pie”.

The Russian troops had seized Kherson at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, on the river Dnipro, the only regional capital they had conquered so far.