Zelensky warns of ‘evil’ Russian plans after missile attack near nuclear power plant | World | New

Ukraine Independence Day will be August 24, exactly six months later. President Vladimir Putin order Russia invade Ukraine. The country is looking to celebrate 31 years since its independence from the Soviet Union.

On Saturday, President Zelesky announced in his nightly video address that Ukrainians must not allow Russia to “sow discouragement and fear”.

He said: “We have to be aware that this week Russia might try to do something particularly nasty, something particularly cruel.

“Such is our enemy. But in any other week of these six months, Russia has done the same thing all the time – disgusting and cruel.”

President Zelensky also spoke about Russian-occupied Crimea – a Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in 2014 and became a major combat zone during the Russian invasion.

He said: “This year you can literally feel in the air of Crimea that the occupation there is temporary and Ukraine is coming back,” he said.

The Ukrainian leader’s warning came just as it was reported that a Ukrainian drone had targeted Russia’s Black Sea headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea.

This week, several attacks have been reported in Crimea, including one against an air base on Thursday and another against the port on Friday.

Crimea’s Russian-appointed leader, Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev, said the drone was destroyed by Black Sea air defenses.

Mr Razvojayev said: “He fell on the roof of the headquarters. There was no major damage and no one was injured.

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President Zelensky also welcomed an agreement that will allow UN inspectors to visit the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, located in northern Crimea.

Zaporizhzhia is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and there has been major concern over a nuclear accident due to the conflict.

The plant has been under Russian control since March but Ukrainian technicians are allowed to operate it.

The area near the nuclear power plant has come under heavy missile fire, with Ukraine and Russia blaming each other for the attacks.

President Zelensky accused Russia of using the plant as a threat.

He said: “If the Russian radiation blackmail continues, this summer could go down in the history of various European countries as one of the most tragic ever.”

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Russia has been accused of targeting Ukraine’s nuclear station by Energoatom, the company which operates Ukraine’s nuclear generators.

On Saturday, 12 Ukraine civilians, including four children, were injured after a Russian missile hit a residential area in Voznesensk in southern Ukraine.

The area is 19 miles (39 km) from Pivdennoukrainsk, Ukraine’s second largest nuclear power station.

Energoatom described the attack as “another act of Russian nuclear terrorism”.

A spokesperson said: “It is possible that this missile was aimed specifically at the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant, which the Russian military tried to seize back at the beginning of March.”

Russia has not responded to the accusations, but there are currently no reports detailing any damage to the Pivdennoukrainsk power plant.

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