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Thursday, October 6, 2022  
 
 
 
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Russian Rockets Hit Near Nuclear Plant 10/06 06:04

   Seven Russian rockets slammed into residential buildings in the southern 
Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia before dawn Thursday, killing one person and 
trapping at least five in the city close to Europe's biggest nuclear power 
plant, the governor of the mostly Russian-occupied region said.

   KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Seven Russian rockets slammed into residential 
buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia before dawn Thursday, 
killing one person and trapping at least five in the city close to Europe's 
biggest nuclear power plant, the governor of the mostly Russian-occupied region 
said.

   The strikes came just hours after Ukraine's president announced that the 
country's military had retaken three more villages in one of the regions 
illegally annexed by Russia, the latest battlefield reversal for Moscow.

   Governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on his Telegram channel that many people 
were rescued from the multi-story buildings, including a 3-year-old girl who 
was taken to a hospital for treatment. He initially reported two people were 
killed but later said that one woman initially thought to have died was saved 
by doctors.

   Photos provided by emergency services showed rescuers scrambling through 
rubble in the wreckage of a devastated building.

   Regional authorities reported another rocket attack later in the morning, 
but there were no immediate details of casualties or what was struck.

   The deputy head of the Ukraine president's office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said 
10 people had been killed in the latest Russian attacks in the Dnipro, Donetsk, 
Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

   Zaporizhzhia is one of four regions that Russian President Vladimir Putin 
annexed in violation of international laws on Wednesday, and is home to a 
nuclear plant that is under Russian occupation. The city of the same name 
remains under Ukrainian control.

   The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog is expected to visit Kyiv this week 
to discuss the situation at the Zaporizhzhia facility after Putin signed a 
decree Wednesday declaring that Russia was taking over the six-reactor plant. 
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry called it a criminal act and said it considered 
Putin's decree "null and void." The state nuclear operator, Energoatom, said it 
would continue to operate the plant.

   Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy 
Agency, plans to talk with Ukrainian officials about the Russian move. He will 
also discuss efforts to set up a secure protection zone around the facility, 
which has been damaged in the fighting and seen staff including its director 
abducted by Russian troops.

   Grossi will travel to Moscow for talks with Russian officials after a stop 
in Kyiv.

   The U.S. sent its international development chief to Kyiv on Thursday, the 
highest-ranking American official to visit Ukraine since Russia illegally 
annexed the four regions.

   The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, 
was holding meetings with government officials and residents. She said the U.S. 
would provide an additional $55 million to repair heating pipes and other 
equipment.

   USAID said the United States has delivered $9.89 billion in aid to Ukraine 
since February. A spending bill signed by U.S. President Joe Biden last week 
promises another $12.3 billion directed both at military and public services 
needs. Power said Washington plans to release the first $4.5 billion of that 
funding in the coming weeks.

   Meanwhile, leaders from more than 40 countries are meeting in Prague on 
Thursday to launch a "European Political Community" aimed at boosting security 
and prosperity across the continent, a day after the Kremlin held the door open 
for further land grabs in Ukraine.

   Speaking in a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry 
Peskov said that "certain territories will be reclaimed, and we will keep 
consulting residents who would be eager to embrace Russia."

   The precise borders of the areas Moscow is claiming remain unclear, but 
Putin has vowed to defend Russia's territory -- including the annexed regions 
-- with any means at his military's disposal, including nuclear weapons.

   In his nightly video address Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 
that the Ukrainian army recaptured three more villages in the Kherson region. 
Novovoskrysenske, Novohryhorivka, and Petropavlivka are all situated northeast 
of Kherson.

   Ukrainian forces are seizing back villages in Kherson in humiliating 
battlefield defeats for Russian forces that have badly dented the image of a 
powerful Russian military and added to the tensions surrounding an ill-planned 
mobilization. They have also fueled fighting among Kremlin insiders and left 
Putin increasingly cornered.

   On Wednesday, the Ukrainian military said the Ukrainian flag had been raised 
above seven Kherson region villages previously occupied by the Russians. The 
closest of the liberated villages to the city of Kherson is Davydiv Brid, some 
100 kilometers (60 miles) away.

   The deputy head of the Ukrainian regional government, Yurii Sobolevskyi, 
said military hospitals were full of wounded Russian soldiers and that Russian 
military medics lacked supplies. Once they are stabilized, Russian soldiers are 
being sent to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

   When Russian troops pulled back from the Donetsk city of Lyman over the 
weekend, they retreated so rapidly that they left behind the bodies of their 
comrades. Some were still lying by the side of the road leading into the city 
on Wednesday.

   Ukrain's presidential office said 10 more bodies of people killed during the 
Russian occupation were recovered over the past 24 hours in Lyman and 
Sviatohirsk following their recapture.

   Lyman sustained heavy damage both during the occupation and as Ukrainian 
soldiers fought to retake it. Mykola, a 71-year-old man who gave only his first 
name, was among about 100 residents who lined up for aid on Wednesday.

   "We want the war to come to an end, the pharmacy and shops and hospitals to 
start working as they used to," he said. "Now we don't have anything yet. 
Everything is destroyed and pillaged, a complete disaster."

   In his nightly address, a defiant Zelenskyy switched to speaking Russian to 
tell the Moscow leadership that it has already lost the war that it launched 
Feb. 24.

   "You have lost because even now, on the 224th day of full-scale war, you 
have to explain to your society why this is all necessary."

   He said Ukrainians know what they are fighting for.

   "And more and more citizens of Russia are realizing that they must die 
simply because one person does not want to end the war," Zelenskyy said.

 
 
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