An arsenal containing 45 tons of ammunition, which the Ukrainian army received from NATO member states, was destroyed by Russian forces in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region (south), the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to Interfax.
“Tonight about 60 ‘Grad’ rockets hit the coastal settlements between Nikopol and Zaporizhia, 40 of them on the village of Marhanets”, on the north bank of the Dnipro River, just 10 km from the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant on the south bank. This was reported by telegram to Yevhen Yevtushenko, the head of the military administration of the district in nearby Nikopol. “Houses, buildings, pipelines and power grids were damaged. Two people were injured, one of them, a 64-year-old man, is in hospital with serious injuries,” Yevtushenko added.
Meanwhile, four ships with Ukrainian foodstuffs, including one with 6,000 tons of sunflower oil destined for Italy, left Ukraine’s Black Sea ports today under a deal to unblock the country’s exports by sea, Ukrainian and Turkish officials said, the Guardian reported. The ship to Italy, in Monopoli, is the MV Mustafa Necati. The other three are MV Glory, bound for Istanbul with 66,000 tons of wheat; Mv Star Helena with 45,000 tons of flour to Nantong / Machong (China); and Mv Riva Wind, sailing to Iskenderun (Turkey) with 44,000 tons of wheat.
During the night air raids were sounded in Kharkiv and Nikopol in the Dnepropetrovsk region because of new Russian attacks in Ukraine. Ukrinform reports this. Kharkiv residents said they heard at least three powerful explosions. This is reported by Channel 24. According to Yevtushenko, the intruders also carried out bombings in the direction of the town of Marhanets and the urban settlement of Chervonohryhorivka.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of using the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant “for terror” after examining serious damage to the structure. Kyiv and Moscow blamed each other for the attacks on the Zaporizhia power plant, the largest nuclear complex in Europe. Zelenskyy again accused Moscow of terrorism in his speech on Saturday evening, declaring that “Russian terrorists are the first in the world to use the headquarters for terrorism”.
One of the reactors Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhiaunder the control of Russian forces, was shut down, Friday’s bombing caused a serious risk for the safe operation of the plant,” said the Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom yesterday after the attacks that Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of at one of the three functioning reactors that were shut down,” announced Energoatom in a message on Telegram.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he offered Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Turkey. Erdogan met with Putin in Sochi, Russia on Friday to strengthen economic and energy cooperation between the two countries. It was the second meeting between the two presidents since the beginning of the war. They met in Tehran in July.