According to the Ukrainian military and local officials, Russian forces launched an assault on two important cities in the eastern Donetsk region on Saturday and continued to launch rocket and shell attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one that is close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Bakhmut and Avdiivka have both been identified as major targets of Russia’s current push across eastern Ukraine. According to commentators, Moscow needs to capture Bakhmut in order to move on the regional centres of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
The enemy is waging an offensive operation in the Donetsk direction, focusing primarily on the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions. It employs ground assault and army aircraft, according to a Facebook post by the Ukrainian General Staff.
Despite the fact that Sloviansk was last attacked by Russia on July 30, Ukrainian forces are reinforcing their positions in the area of the city in preparation for further conflict.
“I believe the quiet will not last for long. A raid will happen eventually, according to Col. Yurii Bereza, commander of the volunteer national guard regiment.
According to a post by Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko on Telegram on Saturday, five civilians were murdered and 14 others were injured on the last day of Russian bombardment in the Donetsk area. He said two people were killed in Poprosny and one each in Avdiivka, Soledar, and Pervomaiskiy.
Three citizens were hurt, according to the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region’s governor, when Russian missiles struck a neighborhood in Nikopol, a city located across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Since Moscow’s forces captured it early in the conflict, the nuclear power plant has been under Russian control.
After midnight, Valentyn Reznichenko posted on Telegram that “the Russian army pounded the Nikopol area with (Soviet-era) Grad missiles, and the Kryvyi Rih area with barrel artillery.”
Another Russian missile attack overnight caused damage to unidentified infrastructure in the region’s capital, Zaporizhzhia. Russia launched 60 rockets at Nikopol on Thursday, damaging 50 residential structures and knocking out power for 10,000 residents.
This week, Rafael Grossi, the chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency, issued a warning that the situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant was growing more and more dangerous.
At the plant, he claimed, “every principle of nuclear safety has been broken.” “There is a great deal at risk.”
He voiced worry about the way the factory is run and the danger that the nearby violence poses. According to experts at the Institute for the Study of War in the United States, Russia is purposefully shelling the region, “placing Ukraine in a tough situation.”
The nuclear power plant’s Ukrainian operator claimed on Saturday that Russian troops are using the basement of the facility as a cover from Ukrainian fire and have forbidden its Ukrainian workers from entering.
Enerhoatom, a Ukrainian state firm, posted on its Telegram channel, “Ukrainian staff do not yet have access to these premises; therefore, in the case of fresh bombardment, individuals have no refuge and are in danger.”
An oxygen-nitrogen unit and a high-voltage power line were among the plant’s infrastructure that was harmed by Russian rockets, according to Enerhoatom on Friday. Local officials who had been selected by Russia recognized the damage but attributed it to the Ukrainians.