The president of Energoatom, the Ukrainian nuclear energy authority, accuses Russian forces of using the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to store weapons and shell the surrounding area.
Russian missiles strike the city of Chuhuiv in Kharkiv Oblast, killing three civilians and injuring three others, while more than 50 Grad rockets hit the city of Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, killing two people. The missile strikes come after Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the military to expand operations in Ukraine in order to “protect the Donbas“. On Saturday, Russia said its forces would step up military operations in Ukraine in “all operational areas” as Moscow’s rockets and missiles pounded cities in strikes that Kyiv says have killed dozens in recent days.
According to Kyiv’s nuclear agency, Russia is using Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as a base to store weapons, including “missile systems”, and shell the surrounding areas in Ukraine. The plant in southwestern Ukraine has been under Russian control since the early weeks of Moscow’s invasion, though it is still being operated by Ukrainian staff.