Russian forces have carried out
over 22,000 attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine
and about 300 on military targets since the invasion began on February 24,
Deputy Interior Minister Yevhen Yenin said, according to the Kyiv Independent. .
Yenin specified that "anything can become a target" to attack: from infrastructures to shopping centers, from schools to the country's cultural heritage sites.
The attacks of the Moscow forces continue: yesterday following new bombings three civilians died and another 13 spno were injured in the Donetsk region, as reported on Telegram by the head of the regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko.
Five other civilians were injured this morning following a bombing by Russian forces in the Saltivsky district of the city of Kharkiv.
Meanwhile, according to British intelligence, it is likely that Moscow is at an advanced stage of planning to hold
a referendum in the self-proclaimed republic
(DPR) with the aim of annexing it to Russia.
The Chernobyl ghost lightens up on Zaporizhzhia.
While rockets and grenades rain all around, Ukrainian President
Volodymyr Zelensky accuses the Russians of atomic blackmail
, of continuing to barricade themselves and shoot from the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, shielding themselves from it.
According to Kiev, Moscow's troops west of the Dnipro River are in trouble because they have been cut off, while the new Western weapons supplied to Kiev are for now only slowing down the already slow advance of the Russians.
"Every day the Russian contingent stays on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant and nearby areas - said Zelensky during the night in the usual video message on Telegram - the threat to Europe increases, as never happened even at the peak of the clash of the Cold War".
"Every Russian soldier or anyone who shoots at the plant or shoots himself as a shield at the plant must know that he is becoming a special target of our intelligence, our secret services of our army", warned the Ukrainian leader.
risks of a nuclear disaster
, according to the mayor of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov, "are growing by the day", and the "most worrying thing is that there is no sign of a de-escalation".
Kiev has been calling for the demilitarization of the area of the large plant since March.
And between Moscow and Kiev continues the ping-pong of accusations about who is shooting near the power plant, located in the town of Energodar, occupied by the Russians in the early stages of the war.
"According to the testimonies of the inhabitants, there are new bombings in the direction of the power plant", declared a manager of the Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom, who urged the civilian population to "limit their presence in Energodar", the object of "provocations by Russian "which intends to attribute its false flag attacks to the Ukrainian army.
According to Energoatom, "from 8:00 am on August 14, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards," the report reads.
Risks of hydrogen leakage and the dispersion of radioactive substances remain
and also the risk of fire is high ". The repeated bombings would have damaged a pumping unit" the fire-fighting service of the plant.
Moscow invites the IAEA, the UN international agency for atomic energy, to visit the plant "in late August or early September", even though - he stresses - "not everything depends on us".
Meanwhile, Kiev claims that the Russian command in the southern region of
crossed the Dnipro River to reach the east bank, after repeated bombardments with precision weapons damaged and disabled three bridges.
The troops are now in trouble, cut off from reinforcements and supplies, although their offensive to the west has made some progress.
And in the north-east 3 civilians were injured last night following a bombing by Russian forces against the town of Zmiiv, in the
According to British intelligence services, Russian-backed forces in Donbass - especially the militias of the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk - have continued their assault attempts from the north of the city of the same name.
And a New York Times analysis reveals that the long-awaited supply of new Western long-range missiles has allowed Ukrainian forces to slow down, "at least for the time being," the advance of Russian troops in the east and south, but not to stop it: "The Russian military machine still has enough strength to continue."