“Energodar is under attack. At 10:50 p.m. (local, editor’s note) Zelenskyy’s militants launched heavy heavy artillery fire (…) At the moment, at least seven heavy artillery shells have fallen on the Energodar region.” he said on Telegram.
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On the front lines, fighting continues in the Kharkiv region (northeast), where Ukrainians accuse the Russians of bombing residential areas, killing six people and injuring a total of dozens on Thursday after 13 the previous evening.
Located about forty kilometers from the Russian border, this city, the second largest in Ukraine, is regularly bombed by Russian soldiers who never managed to capture it. According to the authorities, hundreds of civilians were killed in this region.
In the south, a strike in Mykolaiv killed one person and injured two others, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych said.
Ammunition depot on fire near Ukrainian border
Two Russian villages were evacuated on Thursday over a fire that broke out at a munitions depot near the border with Ukraine, local authorities said. This fire comes days after explosions at a military base and ammunition depot in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, in the latter case Russia accused an act of ” sabotage “.
“Near the village of Timonovo, an ammunition depot caught fire”, located less than 50 km from the Ukrainian border in the province of Belgorod, said in a press release the governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov. No casualties were reported, but residents of Timonovo and the nearby village of Soloti were “taken to a safe distance”he continued, adding that the authorities are investigating the reasons for this fire.
A huge fireball could be seen in a video posted to social media, releasing a thick column of black smoke. In another, multiple explosions could be seen in quick succession in the distance. The fire, which broke out on Thursday, came amid a burst of explosions that affected Russian military installations in Crimea.
A drone exploded near Sevastopol airport
In a sign that the situation remains volatile, Russian forces shot down a drone Thursday night near the airport of Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea and the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, according to local authorities.
“According to preliminary data, a drone was shot down by air defense near Belbek airport. There is no harm”explained on Telegram the governor Mikhail Razvojayev appointed by Moscow to the Crimea.
Shortly before that, Russian anti-aircraft defenses had been activated near the city of Kerch, also in Crimea, where there is a bridge connecting the peninsula to mainland Russia, built at great expense after the annexation.
“Air defense systems were activated in Kerch. There is no danger to the city or the bridge.”, said a regional official, Oleg Krioutchkov, quoted by the Russian press agencies. These systems aim to intercept and destroy projectiles or enemy aircraft that come within range.
“Any potential harm to Zaporizhia would be suicide”
President Zelenskyy said on Thursday that his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Lviv was on “strong message of support” for his country. He ruled out any peace talks with Moscow without the prior withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.
“People who kill, rape, hit with cruise missiles our civilian cities every day cannot want peace. You should leave our territory first, then we’ll see. Mr. Zelensky said at a press conference in Lviv, said “Don’t trust Russia”.
The UN Secretary-General warned Thursday that any damage to Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant would be a ” Suicide ‘ while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he feared one “New Chernobyl”during a meeting in Lviv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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“We have to say it like it is: any potential harm to Zaporizhia would be suicide,” explained Antonio Guterres and again demanded “ demilitarize » the power plant occupied by the Russian army.
Saying “ seriously worried” Due to the situation in the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, he called not to use it “ for any military operation. For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s support for Ukraine and expressed alarm at the risk of a “new Chernobyl”, in relation to the largest civilian nuclear accident.