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Zelensky says danger remains after nuclear power plant is restored

March 14, 2022, Kyiv, Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers an address marking the 19th day of the Russian invasion, March 15, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Credit Image: Global Look Press/Keystone Press Agency)

KYIV August 26, (Reuters) The Ukrainian president has said on Friday that there was a “very serious” situation in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is “very uncertain” because two of the six reactors were connected to the grid after an attack that caused Europe’s largest nuclear plant go offline for the first time in its history.

Russian shelling continued to devastate civilians living in the eastern part of the country, which is where more than three-quarters of people have been forced to flee the frontline region in Donetsk as per the governor of the region. Ukraine continued to destroy the supply routes of Russia to the southern front close to Kherson.

The Ukrainian state nuclear corporation Energoatom informed on Friday evening that the two reactors in the plant were connected with the power grid, and back in operation after they had been completely shut off on Thursday.

“Let me reiterate that the situation is perilous and risky,” President Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared in his evening address in which he praised Ukrainian experts who were working to “avert the most likely scenario.”

“Any repetition of the events of yesterday that is, in other words, any disconnect to the power station grid, or any move by Russia that might trigger the deconnection of reactors will once more place the station one step from catastrophe,” Zelenskiy said.

Russia who entered Ukraine during February seized over the control of this nuclear facility in March, even though it is currently controlled by Ukrainian technicians who work for Energoatom.

Both sides have exchanged the blame for the shelling at the plant. The shelling on Thursday , sparked fires inside the ash pits at the nearby coal power plant that cut off the plant from the grid.

Satellite images showed a blaze close to the plant, but Reuters could not confirm its origin.

Zelenskiy has also reiterated Ukraine’s demand for the U.N.’s nuclear monitor The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be given the right access to Zaporizhzhia. Zaporizhzhia plant.

Moscow with its forces stationed at the complex of the plant, said it was taking all measures to ensure that the IAEA visit, scheduled for the coming days, would occur in a safe manner. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Ukraine attempted to disrupt the visit by destroying the plant.

Residents of Zaporizhzhia city, located 50 kilometers north-east of the plant, expressed concern over the situation.

“Of course, I’m nervous. Everybody is scared. We do not know what is going to take place next, or what’s coming our way every second, minute,” said social media manager Maria Varakina, 25.

Teacher at school Hanna Kuz, 46, stated that people were worried that Ukrainian authorities may not be able to alert residents on time in case radioactive fallout.

The Kremlin declares its goal to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine and eliminate the perceived security threat from Russia. Ukraine along with the west argue this is an unsubstantiated justification to launch a war of conquest.

The former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Putin’s president Vladimir Putin, said in an interview on French interview on television last Friday Russia was ready to have talks with Zelenskiy under certain conditions however, he was clear that Moscow will not cease the escalation until its objectives were accomplished.

“Renouncing (Ukraine’s) part as a member of the North Atlantic alliance is now crucial, but is already not enough to bring peace to the region,” Medvedev told LCI TV in quotes cited by Russian news outlets.

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Ukrainian rockets destroyed the bridge that is crucial to Kherson region off the map on Friday the Ukrainian military’s southern command announced.

Knocking out Darivsky Bridge, which is used for Russian forces to traverse over the Inhulets River just east of Kherson, the city Kherson could hinder Moscow’s efforts in supplying its troops to the Russian-occupied city which Ukraine would like to return the city, according to the statement.

“Our troops are doing everything they can to limit the combatants’ strength and logistical capacity,” Zelenskiy said in his speech, referring recent attacks on Russian supplies depots as well as bridges.

The Ukrainian general staff of the military claimed that Russian aircrafts attacked several locations that were targeted by the more than dozen cities in the south, including Mykolaiv, the capital city. Mykolaiv which is a port on the river situated close to on the Black Sea.

Air strikes were also carried out against several towns within the Sumy region close to the Russian border according to the general staff the general staff. Russian forces have attacked and shelled air strikes on the Kharkiv region in the northeast.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor in the east of Donetsk region, told reporters that three quarters of the Donetsk region’s population was evacuated.

“There is hardly a one city or town that isn’t a target for (Russian) bombings,” he told Ukrainian TV.

On the same day, Washington confirmed reports that one U.S. citizen had recently passed away in Ukraine however, it declined to comment.

Russian state-run news agency TASS stated that the deputy chief of traffic police in the war-torn Ukrainian city Berdiansk has been killed by an attack. The administration of the Russian-installed administration blamed attack for the attack on “Ukrainian terrorists”. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

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