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Shelling kills 1 in Ukraine; Russia wants nuke plant pledges

A general view of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, August 7, 2022. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
A general view of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, August 7, 2022. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces fire rockets at the Mykolaiv region in southern Ukraine, killing at least one person.

The Mykolaiv region is just to the north of the Russian-occupied city of Kherson, which Ukrainian forces have vowed to retake. The Ukrainian emergency service says one person was killed in shelling this morning, in the Mykolaiv region settlement of Bereznehuvate.

Meanwhile, a Russian diplomat calls on Ukraine to offer security assurances so that international inspectors could visit a nuclear power station that has come under fire.

As fighting steps up in southern Ukraine as Russia’s war closes in on six months, concern has grown sharply about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is held by Russian forces and has been hit by sporadic shelling.

Both Ukraine and Russia blame each other for the shelling, which officials say has damaged monitoring equipment and could lead to a nuclear catastrophe.

The Zaporizhzhia facility is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Russia’s envoy to international organizations based in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, calls on Ukraine to stop attacking the plant in order to allow an inspection mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“It is important that the Ukrainians stop their shelling of the station and provide security guarantees to members of the mission. An international team cannot be sent to work under continuous artillery shelling,” he is quoted as saying by Russian state news agency Tass.

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