Russo-Ukrainian War: Seven Russian rockets hit residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia before dawn on Thursday, killing two people and trapping at least five in the town near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, the governor of the mostly Russian-occupied region said. Russia.
Just hours before the attacks, Ukraine’s president had said that the country’s army had retaken three more villages in one of the areas that Russia had illegally taken over.
Governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on his Telegram channel that many people were saved from the multi-story buildings, including a 3-year-old girl who was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Zaporizhzhia is one of the four regions that Russian President Vladimir Putin illegally took over on Wednesday. It is home to a nuclear plant that is now occupied by the Russian government. The Ukrainians still run the city with the same name.
This week, the head of the UN agency that keeps an eye on nuclear issues will go to Kyiv to talk about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia facility. This comes after Putin signed a decree on Wednesday saying that Russia would take over the six-reactor plant. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it was a crime and that Putin’s order was “null and void.” Energoatom, which is run by the state, said it would keep running the plant.
Rafael Grossi, who is the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will talk to Ukrainian officials about the Russian move. He will also talk about efforts to set up a safe zone around the facility, which was damaged by the fighting and had its staff, including its director, taken by Russian troops.
Grossi will stop in Kyiv on his way to Moscow, where he will meet with Russian officials.
A day after the Kremlin left the door open for more land grabs in Ukraine, leaders from more than 40 countries will meet in Prague on Thursday to start a “European Political Community” that aims to make the whole continent safer and wealthier.
In a call with reporters, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, said, “Some territories will be reclaimed, and we will continue to talk to people who want to embrace Russia.”
Peskov did not elaborate on which additional regions of Ukraine Moscow is considering annexing to Russia’s territory. In addition, Putin did not disclose whether or not the Kremlin intended to carry out any more “referendums” in Ukraine, which the Ukrainian government and the West have deemed to be illegal.
The exact borders of the areas Moscow claims are still not clear, but Putin has promised to defend Russia’s territory, including the areas it has taken over, with all the tools his military has, even nuclear weapons.
In his evening video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Ukrainian army had taken back three more villages in the Kherson region. Northeast of Kherson is the towns of Novovoskrysenske, Novohryhorivka, and Petropavlivka.
Russian forces have been humiliated on the battlefield, and Ukrainian forces are taking back villages in Kherson. This has hurt the image of a strong Russian military and added to the tensions surrounding a poorly planned mobilization. They have also led to fights between Kremlin officials and put Putin in a worse position.
The Ukrainian military said on Wednesday that the Ukrainian flag was flying over seven villages in the Kherson region that the Russians used to control. Davydiv Brid, which is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the city of Kherson, is the closest of the freed towns to the city.
Yurii Sobolevskyi, who is the deputy head of the regional government in Ukraine, said that there were too many hurt Russian soldiers in military hospitals and not enough supplies for Russian military doctors. Once things have settled down, Russia will send soldiers to Crimea, which it took from Ukraine in 2014.
This past weekend, Russian troops left the town of Lyman in Donetsk so quickly that they left behind the bodies of their own soldiers. Some were still lying on the side of the road Wednesday that led into the city.
During the occupation, when Ukrainian soldiers fought to get it back, Lyman took a lot of damage. A 71-year-old man named Mykola was one of 100 people who waited in line for help on Wednesday.