Russia Ukraine War News Highlights: Crimea blast degraded Russian navy’s Black Sea fleet aviation capability, says UK intelligence
Ukraine War Today News, Ukraine Russia Updates, World War 3 News Highlights: Ukrainian officials are framing the Crimea strike on the Russian airforce base in Saki as the start of Ukraine's counter-offensive in the south, said ISW.
A view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 4, 2022. (Reuters)
Russia Ukraine War Highlights: Russian navy’s Black Sea fleet aviation capability has been significantly degraded after the Crimea airbase blast, said UK military in a daily intelligence update on Friday. Meanwhile, as Russia and Ukraine continued to accuse each other of shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, the UN chief proposed a demilitarised zone at the site as fears of a nuclear catastrophe mounted. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the world was being pushed “to the brink of nuclear catastrophe, comparable in scale with Chornobyl.”
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Ukraine’s Energoatom agency said the Zaporizhzhia complex was struck five times on Thursday, including near where radioactive materials are stored. Russian-appointed officials said Ukraine shelled the plant twice, disrupting a shift changeover, news agency Reuters said, quoting TASS.
The Institute for the Study of War said Ukrainian officials were framing the Crimea strike on the Russian airforce base in Saki as the start of Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the south. Their report suggests that intense fighting in August and September that could decide the outcome of the next phase of the war.
Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN chief to call for demilitarised zone; India expresses concern over reports of shelling near Zaporizhzhia; Zelenskyy demands Russia return plant to Ukraine. Read highlights here.
Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, stoking international fears of a catastrophe on the continent.
The Zaporizhzhia plant is in southern Ukraine, near the town of Enerhodar on the banks of the Dnieper River. It is one of the 10 biggest nuclear plants in the world. Built during the Soviet era, it has six reactors with a total capacity of 5,700 megawatts. Three of the reactors are in operation.
Before the war, the plant accounted for about half of the electricity generated by nuclear power in Ukraine. The country has 15 reactors at four active plants, and also is home to the decommissioned Chernobyl plant, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster. (Read more)
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