Energoatom, the Ukrainian state operator of nuclear power plants, said that three explosions were recorded at the Zaporizhzhia plant site, near one of the power blocks of the nuclear reactor. “There are risks of hydrogen leakage and radioactive spraying. The danger of fire is high ”, it was announced,“ the Russians severely damaged the nitrogen-oxygen station and the combined auxiliary building ”. According to Espreso TV, it was reported that before the bombing “Rosatom representatives left the station in a hurry”. The one of Zaporizhzhia is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Built in the times of the Soviet Union, it houses 6 reactors for a total capacity of 5,700 MW. The bombing “is an open and blatant crime, an act of terror. The occupiers have created another extremely risky situation for the whole of Europe “, says the Ukrainian president in a video on Telegram. Volodymyr Zelensky.
Kiev accuses Russia of hitting one power line nuclear plant. Energoatom reported that a line of thehigh voltage. According to local media, Ukrainian employees of the nuclear power plant have been locked up in the locals and they are not released, while the workers brought by the Russians are evacuated in modality accelerated. Rumors chasing each other on Telegram channels and information about the incident are however conflicting. Russia accuses the Ukrainian army of having opened fire on the territory of the central Zaporizhzhia during a change of shift of workers. The defense ministry of Moscow intervened in the rebound of responsibility: “The Ukrainian artillery attack could have caused a nuclear accident. It was pure luck that it was avoided ”. The Russian state press agencies write it. “The Ukrainian attacks caused the loss of power of some equipment of the third unit of the plant and the decrease of the capacity of the fourth unit,” added the ministry.
All this happens while bilateral takes place a Sochion the Black Sea, between the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Russian president Vladimir Putin. The main topic of the meeting was the restart of grain exports made possible by the agreement signed in Istanbul on July 22nd between Russia And Ukraine under the supervision of Turkey and the United Nations and which allowed the first ship to sail from the ports of Ukraine. But there was also room for an agreement on gas supplies. Putin and Erdogan have “agreed to strengthen economic and energy cooperation” between Russia and Turkey, the Kremlin announced.
In addition to the new bombing in the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the day was marked by violent attacks across the country. This evening, a curfew will take place in the city of at 11pm local time (10pm in Italy) Mykolaiv, in southern Ukraine, which will last until next Monday morning. To announce today the head of the regional military administration, Vitaly Kim, according to reports from the Ukrainian news agency, UNIAN. “Today I signed an order under which a curfew will be introduced on the territory of Mykolaiv from 23:00 on 5th August at 5:00 am on August 8, 2022, ″ Kim said in a video speech. The decision comes following new bombings on the city, which were registered around 6:58 this morning (5:58 in Italy), and which continued in the afternoon, as reported by the mayor of the city, Oleksandr Sienkevych. The death toll is still uncertain. According to what was stated by Vitaliy Kim, there are allegedly several dead and over 20 injured, including a boy. The strong explosions affected a very large area, in which private homes and palaces were hit, Sienkovych added.
Not only Ukraine, However. Another hot dossier on the negotiating table between Fly and Ankara is the Syrian one. This is a crisis in which the two leaders find themselves on opposite sides: Erdogan supports the opponents of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assadwhile Putin sided with the regime of Damascus. “Of course – Putin said opening the talks – we will talk about the problems we have faced for a long time. I am referring to the security issues in the region, first of all to the Syrian crisis. Here, the Turkey and Russia have made a great contribution to the normalization of the situation, ”said the Russian leader, quoted by the Russian news agency Tass.