In Ukraine, high  risk confrontation around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant: the story of   ‘s special envoy

In Ukraine, high risk confrontation around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant: the story of ‘s special envoy

A Russian soldier stands guard near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine, August 4. ALEXANDER YERMOCHENKO/Portal

REPORT – Strikes are mounting around the Zaporijjia site, where the Russians are accused of protecting their artillery.

Special Representative for Nikopol and Marhanets

A large piece is missing from the building. The rocket, which struck in the middle of the night from Wednesday to Thursday, tore off the roof and collapsed the top three floors. A rain of bricks plucked the surrounding trees. We rescued two women from the rubble. An old man, a former founder and a communist at heart, didn’t make it. “Why do this? Why kill old people in their beds?” laments Anna Sidilova, the manager of the building, rubbing her face in horror. On the first floor, still more or less standing, an old couple refuses to leave. “I’m trying to reason with them,” she says

The scene is regularly repeated darkly throughout Nikopol, this small town on the banks of the Dnieper. In the rue des Patriotes d’Ukraine, two “Chrouchtchevka”, those sad Soviet buildings, invariably ugly and ghastly, are riddled with holes and the sidewalks are littered with rubble, which three young women remove, broom…

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