War in Ukraine: massive Russian strikes across the country, Zaporizhia nuclear power plant cut off from the power grid
Steph Deschamps / March 10, 2023
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by the Russian army in southern Ukraine, was cut off from the Ukrainian power grid after a Russian strike, the Ukrainian nuclear operator said Thursday, warning of a possible accident.
The last line of communication between the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the Ukrainian power grid was cut because of Russian rocket attacks," Energatom said in a statement, adding that emergency diesel generators had been switched on to ensure minimal power to the plant.
Explosions rang out over Kiev on Thursday morning, Ukrainian capital Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported, following a wave of massive strikes across the country.
Explosions in the Holosiivskyi district of the capital. All services go to the scene," said Klitschko on social networks, referring to a neighborhood in the south of the city.
Russian shelling has targeted the Kharkiv and Odessa regions in eastern and southern Ukraine, local officials said Thursday. "The enemy carried out about 15 strikes on the city and region" of Kharkiv, the regional governor said.
In the Odessa region, Governor Maksym Marchneko reported that "missiles hit the regional energy infrastructure and damaged residential buildings," referring to a "massive missile strike." "Fortunately, there were no casualties. »
For months, Russia has been bombing key facilities in Ukraine with missiles and drones. "According to initial information, a private residential building in the Kharkiv region was hit," added regional governor Oleg Synegubov.
The mayor of Kharkiv reported that "energy infrastructure" had been targeted and that there were "problems" with electricity in some parts of the city.