It was a busy night for Russian air defenses in the Crimean peninsula. In Sevastopol and near the Kerchi Bridge, Ukrainian drones and explosions in the sky were reported.
Europe, however, has its eyes on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The Ukrainians and Russians accuse each other of attacks in the area, and Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart that there is a risk of a “catastrophe of great proportions”.
Putin, however, announced that he would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to send a team to the plant.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was bombed again on Friday
Ukrainians and Russians continue to blame each other for the dangerous artillery fire, but evidence is mounting that the Russians are endangering the plant. A video recorded inside the turbine hall shows Russian military vehicles huddled just 130 meters from a nuclear reactor.
For the locals of Energodar, the nearby town, the danger of a potential nuclear accident is real.
Nadejda, local: “We are very worried. There are 1.2 tons of uranium there. It would be enough for the whole of Europe. For all of us. It’s no joke… And the Russians say that the plant is theirs… or nobody’s!”
The woman’s husband worked on the construction of the nuclear power plant and claims there is little chance of an accident.
“- Of course it’s built well. I worked on it too.
– Won’t it explode?
– You sure?
– I would have realized if that was the case. I have that talent.”
The Russians announced on Friday that they want to disconnect the plant from the power grid to prevent a tragedy in the event of an attack and power it using diesel generators. On the other hand, Kiev claims that Moscow wants to send the electricity produced by the plant to Russia.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General: “Of course, the electricity produced in Zaporozhye is Ukrainian energy and it is necessary, especially in winter, for the Ukrainian people. And this principle must be fully respected.”
Russian officials announced on Friday, on all channels, that the Ukrainians were planning an attack on the plant, on the second day of the UN Secretary General’s visit to Ukraine. In the other camp, the Ukrainians accused the Russians of staging a provocation.
Ukrainians test Russian air defenses over bases in Crimea
During this time, the Ukrainians test Russian air defenses over bases in Crimea every night. In the night from Friday to Saturday, it was Sevastopol’s turn.
In response, the Russians bombed several Ukrainian cities. In Kharkiv, after the latest strikes, at least 15 people died and several blocks were razed to the ground.
Local: “Everything was shaking around us and I saw the bedroom window fall in front of the block. I felt a sting in the back. I took the baby, we hid in the basement of the house for about 10 minutes and when I came out I saw glass broken everywhere and badly damaged cars.”
On the other hand, the United States announced that it will grant Ukraine new military aid worth 775 million dollars. The package will contain, among other things, ammunition for HIMARS launchers, demining equipment and aerial surveillance drones.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked US President Joe Biden, in a post on Twitter, for the new tranche of military aid destined for his country
Source: PROTV news
Tags: Ukraine, war,
Publication date: 20-08-2022 08:09