Russian Rockets Hit Near Nuclear Plant 10/06 06:04
Seven Russian rockets slammed into residential buildings in the southern
Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia before dawn Thursday, killing one person and
trapping at least five in the city close to Europe's biggest nuclear power
plant, the governor of the mostly Russian-occupied region said.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Seven Russian rockets slammed into residential
buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia before dawn Thursday,
killing one person and trapping at least five in the city close to Europe's
biggest nuclear power plant, the governor of the mostly Russian-occupied region
The strikes came just hours after Ukraine's president announced that the
country's military had retaken three more villages in one of the regions
illegally annexed by Russia, the latest battlefield reversal for Moscow.
Governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on his Telegram channel that many people
were rescued from the multi-story buildings, including a 3-year-old girl who
was taken to a hospital for treatment. He initially reported two people were
killed but later said that one woman initially thought to have died was saved
Photos provided by emergency services showed rescuers scrambling through
rubble in the wreckage of a devastated building.
Regional authorities reported another rocket attack later in the morning,
but there were no immediate details of casualties or what was struck.
The deputy head of the Ukraine president's office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said
10 people had been killed in the latest Russian attacks in the Dnipro, Donetsk,
Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.
Zaporizhzhia is one of four regions that Russian President Vladimir Putin
annexed in violation of international laws on Wednesday, and is home to a
nuclear plant that is under Russian occupation. The city of the same name
remains under Ukrainian control.
The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog is expected to visit Kyiv this week
to discuss the situation at the Zaporizhzhia facility after Putin signed a
decree Wednesday declaring that Russia was taking over the six-reactor plant.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry called it a criminal act and said it considered
Putin's decree "null and void." The state nuclear operator, Energoatom, said it
would continue to operate the plant.
Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, plans to talk with Ukrainian officials about the Russian move. He will
also discuss efforts to set up a secure protection zone around the facility,
which has been damaged in the fighting and seen staff including its director
abducted by Russian troops.
Grossi will travel to Moscow for talks with Russian officials after a stop
The U.S. sent its international development chief to Kyiv on Thursday, the
highest-ranking American official to visit Ukraine since Russia illegally
annexed the four regions.
The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power,
was holding meetings with government officials and residents. She said the U.S.
would provide an additional $55 million to repair heating pipes and other
USAID said the United States has delivered $9.89 billion in aid to Ukraine
since February. A spending bill signed by U.S. President Joe Biden last week
promises another $12.3 billion directed both at military and public services
needs. Power said Washington plans to release the first $4.5 billion of that
funding in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, leaders from more than 40 countries are meeting in Prague on
Thursday to launch a "European Political Community" aimed at boosting security
and prosperity across the continent, a day after the Kremlin held the door open
for further land grabs in Ukraine.
Speaking in a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry
Peskov said that "certain territories will be reclaimed, and we will keep
consulting residents who would be eager to embrace Russia."
The precise borders of the areas Moscow is claiming remain unclear, but
Putin has vowed to defend Russia's territory -- including the annexed regions
-- with any means at his military's disposal, including nuclear weapons.
In his nightly video address Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said
that the Ukrainian army recaptured three more villages in the Kherson region.
Novovoskrysenske, Novohryhorivka, and Petropavlivka are all situated northeast
Ukrainian forces are seizing back villages in Kherson in humiliating
battlefield defeats for Russian forces that have badly dented the image of a
powerful Russian military and added to the tensions surrounding an ill-planned
mobilization. They have also fueled fighting among Kremlin insiders and left
Putin increasingly cornered.
On Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said the Ukrainian flag had been raised
above seven Kherson region villages previously occupied by the Russians. The
closest of the liberated villages to the city of Kherson is Davydiv Brid, some
100 kilometers (60 miles) away.
The deputy head of the Ukrainian regional government, Yurii Sobolevskyi,
said military hospitals were full of wounded Russian soldiers and that Russian
military medics lacked supplies. Once they are stabilized, Russian soldiers are
being sent to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
When Russian troops pulled back from the Donetsk city of Lyman over the
weekend, they retreated so rapidly that they left behind the bodies of their
comrades. Some were still lying by the side of the road leading into the city
Ukrain's presidential office said 10 more bodies of people killed during the
Russian occupation were recovered over the past 24 hours in Lyman and
Sviatohirsk following their recapture.
Lyman sustained heavy damage both during the occupation and as Ukrainian
soldiers fought to retake it. Mykola, a 71-year-old man who gave only his first
name, was among about 100 residents who lined up for aid on Wednesday.
"We want the war to come to an end, the pharmacy and shops and hospitals to
start working as they used to," he said. "Now we don't have anything yet.
Everything is destroyed and pillaged, a complete disaster."
In his nightly address, a defiant Zelenskyy switched to speaking Russian to
tell the Moscow leadership that it has already lost the war that it launched
"You have lost because even now, on the 224th day of full-scale war, you
have to explain to your society why this is all necessary."
He said Ukrainians know what they are fighting for.
"And more and more citizens of Russia are realizing that they must die
simply because one person does not want to end the war," Zelenskyy said.