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Ukrainian officials say nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid by Russian bombing

Russian attacks were reported across large parts of Ukraine on Thursday, with heavy shelling in many areas damaging infrastructure, including electricity supplies to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukrainian officials said. .

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine was again disconnected from the power grid after Russian bombing damaged the remaining high-voltage lines, leaving it with only diesel generators, the Ukrainian nuclear company said Energyatom.

The plant, in Russian hands but operated by Ukrainian workers, has 15 days of fuel to run the generators, Energoatom said.

Russian strikes were also reported in Kriviy Rih in central Ukraine and in Sumy and Kharkiv in the northeast. Heavy fighting continued in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.

“The enemy is trying to keep temporarily captured territories, concentrating its efforts on limiting the actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas,” the Ukrainian General Staff said Thursday.

Russia has said it is targeting infrastructure in what it calls its “special military operation” to degrade Ukraine’s military and eliminate what it sees as a potential security threat to Russia.

Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom says the power plant runs on generators that have only 15 days of gas left.

As a result, Ukrainian civilians have suffered power cuts and reduced water supplies in recent weeks. Russia denies targeting civilians, although the conflict has killed thousands, displaced millions and left some Ukrainian cities in ruins.

Foreign ministers from the G7 group of wealthy democracies will discuss how best to coordinate additional support for Ukraine when they meet in Germany on Thursday following recent Russian attacks on energy infrastructure.

The attacks come after Russia said it would resume its participation in a deal freeing up grain exports from Ukraine, reversing a move that world leaders said would increase world hunger.

Russia, whose forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, announced the reversal on Wednesday after Turkey and the United Nations helped keep Ukrainian grain flowing for several days without a Russian role in inspections.

The Defense Ministry justified the takeover by saying it had received guarantees from Ukraine that it would not use the Black Sea grain corridor for military operations against Russia.

“The Russian Federation considers that the guarantees received so far seem sufficient and is resuming the implementation of the agreement,” the ministry said in a statement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said it was important to oppose “crazy Russian aggression which is destabilizing international trade”.

“After eight months of Russia’s so-called special operation, the Kremlin demands security guarantees from Ukraine,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.

“It is truly a remarkable statement. It shows how failed Russian aggression has been and how strong we all are when we maintain our unity.

Ukrainian officials say nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid by Russian bombing
Russia controls the Zaporizhzhia power plant but is run by Ukrainian workers.

The grain deal, originally reached three months ago, had helped ease a global food crisis by lifting the de facto Russian blockade on Ukraine, one of the world’s largest grain suppliers. The prospect of its collapse this week has rekindled fears of a worsening food crisis and rising prices.

Wheat, soybean, corn and rapeseed prices fell sharply on world markets after Russia’s announcement.

Zelensky thanked Turkey and the United Nations for allowing ships to continue leaving Ukrainian ports with cargoes after Russia suspended its participation on Saturday.

Russia suspended its participation in the deal, saying it could not guarantee the safety of civilian ships crossing the Black Sea after an attack on its fleet. Ukraine and Western countries called it a false pretense of “blackmail”, using threats against the world’s food supply.

In the south, a Ukrainian counteroffensive has left Russian forces struggling to hold their ground around the city of Kherson, where Russian-installed authorities are urging residents to evacuate, the Ukrainian military said.

Residents who had collaborated with the occupation forces were leaving and some medical staff had taken equipment from hospitals, he added.

Residents of the town of Nova Zburivka had been given three days to leave and were told that evacuation would be compulsory from 5 November.

Russian authorities have repeatedly said that Ukraine may be preparing to attack the huge Kakhovka dam, upstream of the Dnipro, and flood the region. Kyiv denies it.

“Obviously we are afraid of it. That’s why we are leaving,” said resident Pavel Ryazskiy, who was evacuated to Crimea, of the possibility that the dam could be destroyed.

Reuters was unable to verify reports from the battlefield.

In Washington on Wednesday, the United States said it had information indicating that North Korea was secretly supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells for the war.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby did not provide evidence, but he told a briefing that North Korea was trying to cover up the shipments by routing them through the Middle -East and North Africa.


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