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Ukraine: Russia strikes land near nuclear power plant

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Kyiv, Sep 19: Russian missiles struck the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in Ukraine's southern Mykolaiv province overnight, Ukraine's state energy company Energoatom said on Monday.

A blast took place 300 meters (320 yards) away from the reactors just after midnight, Energoatom said.

Ukraine: Russia strikes land near nuclear power plant

The company posted photos of a impact crater on social media, including one in which a man stood inside the crater to give a sense of its size.

"Currently, all three power units of the PNPP (Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant) are operating normally," Energoatom said. "Fortunately, there were no casualties among the station staff."

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However, the attack did damage power buildings at the power plant complex as well as transmission lines for a nearby hydroelectric plant.

Later on Monday morning, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of endangering the rest of the world.

"The invaders wanted to shoot again, but they forgot what a nuclear power plant is," Zelenskyy said in a post on social media. "Russia endangers the whole world. We have to stop it before it's too late."

Russian authorities have not yet responded to the accusations.

The blast near the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant comes after the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power plant further east was shut down earlier this month due to Russian shelling, prompting concerns about a possible nuclear disaster. That facility is now under Russian control.

Here's a roundup of some of the other key developments regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine on September 19

Baltic states bar Russian tourists

From Monday, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Poland, will enforce a temporary joint ban on Russian citizens who want to cross the border in to the EU.

The four countries no longer permit Russian citizens with a Schengen visas to enter their territory for tourism, business, sport or cultural purposes.

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However, exceptions will apply for Russians who are already permanent residents in any of the four countries, as well as for political dissidents and humanitarian cases.

"We should use all the tools in the toolbox to make Russia stop this war," Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on Saturday.

Russia losing more fighter jets, UK says

Russia has likely lost at least four combat jets in Ukraine over the past 10 days, the United Kingdom's defense ministry said in an intelligence update on Monday.

That would bring Russia's total fuselage losses to 55 since the invasion of Ukraine started in late February. British intelligence says Russia's lack of air superiority has been a key weakness in its invasion strategy to date.

"There is a realistic possibility that this uptick in losses is partially a result of the Russian Air Force accepting greater risk as it attempts to provide close air support to Russian ground forces under pressure from Ukrainian advances," the UK defense ministry said.

"Russian pilots' situational awareness is often poor; there is a realistic possibility that some aircraft have strayed over enemy territory and into denser air defense zones as the front lines have moved rapidly," it added.

Source: DW

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