“According to witnesses, explosions can be heard again in the city,” Rogov said, adding that shells fell near the power plant without specifying whether they hit the power plant area.
Ukraine and Russia have exchanged accusations over several recent shelling attacks on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, while the G7 group of nations has urged Moscow to withdraw its forces from the plant.
Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of “hitting the part of the nuclear power plant that produces the energy that powers southern Ukraine.”
“The goal is to decouple us from that [plant] and blame the Ukrainian army,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.
Ukrainian officials have repeatedly claimed that Russian forces used the facility as a shield while firing at Ukrainian communities across the river, knowing Ukrainian forces were unlikely to return fire for fear of triggering a nuclear accident.
They said Russian shelling on Friday night killed a woman and wounded two other civilians in the town of Zaporizhia. The southern Mykolayiv region of Ukraine also said a woman died in shelling there.
Russia’s military pounded residential areas across Ukraine overnight and claimed gains as Ukrainian forces launched a counteroffensive to try to retake an occupied southern region and attacked the last functioning bridge across a river in the Russian-held Kherson region, divided Ukrainian authorities on Saturday with.
According to the mayor, three people were killed and 13 others injured in a Russian rocket attack on the city of Kramatorsk on Friday night. Kramatorsk is the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the country’s war-torn east.
The attack came less than a day after 11 more rockets were fired at the city, one of the two main Ukrainian-held ones in Donetsk province, which has been the focus of an ongoing Russian offensive to seize eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region.
Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday claimed its forces had taken control of Pisky, a village on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk, the provincial capital controlled by pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.
Russian forces and Kremlin-backed rebels are attempting to seize Ukrainian-controlled areas north and west of the city of Donetsk in a bid to expand the self-proclaimed separatist republic. But Ukraine’s military said on Saturday that its forces prevented a night advance towards the smaller towns of Avdiivka and Bakhmut.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov also claimed that Russian attacks near Kramatorsk, 120 kilometers north of the city of Donetsk, destroyed a US-supplied multiple rocket launcher and ammunition. Ukrainian authorities did not concede military casualties but said Russian rocket attacks on Kramatorsk on Friday destroyed 20 residential buildings.
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