Ukraine’s nuclear energy agency on Monday accused Moscow’s troops of an attack on the country’s second largest nuclear plant in the south. The accusations come after the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine – Europe’s largest atomic facility –faced frequent shelling in recent months, raising fears of a nuclear incident. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
12:41pm: Ukrainian shelling of Donetsk city kills at least 13, says Russian-backed mayor
Thirteen people were killed in artillery shelling on Monday in the east Ukrainian separatist-held city of Donetsk, the city’s Russian-backed mayor said.
In a statement posted on the Telegram messenger app, Donetsk’s separatist mayor Alexei Kulemzin said that 13 civilians including two children had been killed in the strike on Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky district.
He said that the number of wounded was being confirmed. Donetsk city has been controlled by the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic since 2014. The Ukrainian army continues to hold positions on Donetsk’s outskirts, and the city has come under artillery fire repeatedly in recent months.
11:00am: Kremlin says Ukrianian war crimes claims are ‘a lie’
The Kremlin on Monday rejected claims Russian forces committed war crimes in Ukraine’s Kharkiv territory as a “lie”.
“It is the same scenario as in Bucha. It’s a lie, and of course we will defend the truth in this story,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, when asked about statements by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Russian forces had committed war crimes in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
8:01am: Russia may have lost four combat jets in Ukraine in last 10 days, UK says
Russia has highly likely lost at least four combat jets in Ukraine within the last 10 days, taking its attrition to about 55 since the beginning of its invasion, the British military said on Monday.
There is a realistic possibility that the uptick in losses was partially a result of the Russian Air Force accepting greater risk in a move to provide close air support to Russian ground forces under pressure from Ukrainian advances, the Defence Ministry said in its daily intelligence on Twitter.
Russian pilots’ situational awareness is often poor, it said. “There is a realistic possibility that some aircraft have strayed over enemy territory and into denser air defence zones as the front lines have moved rapidly.”
7:57am: Ukraine says Russia strikes Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, reactors undamaged
Russian troops have struck the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in the southern Mykolaiv region, but its reactors have not been damaged and are working normally, Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom said on Monday.
A blast took place 300 metres (yards) away from the reactors and damaged power plant buildings, Energoatom said in a statement. The attack has also damaged a nearby hydroelectric power plant and transmission lines.
5:25am: Ukraine says its troops advance to eastern bank of Oskil river
Ukrainian troops “have pushed across the Oskil. From yesterday, Ukraine controls the east bank,” the Ukrainian Armed Forces wrote on Telegram late Sunday.
Serhiy Gaidai, governor of Luhansk region, wrote on Telegram: “Luhansk region is right next door. Decoccupation is not far away.”
Crossing the Oskil is another important milestone in Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region as it flows south to the Siversky Donets River, which goes right through Luhansk, one of two provinces in the Donbas region. Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky vowed to keep up the pressure on Moscow after Ukraine‘s rapid gains in Kharkiv this month.
“Perhaps it seems to some of you that after a series of victories we now have a lull of sorts,” he said in his regular nightly address on Sunday. “But there will be no lull. There is preparation for the next series … For Ukraine must be free. All of it.”
US President Joe Biden also said victory for Ukraine meant removing Russian forces from the entire country, and pledged US support for as long as it takes.
“Winning the war in Ukraine is to get Russia out of Ukraine completely and to recognise the sovereignty. They’re defeating Russia,” he said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” broadcast on Sunday.
“Russia’s turning out not to be as competent and capable as many people thought they were going to be.”
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