© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A still from a video, released by the Russian Defense Ministry, shows what it said was a Russian military convoy heading towards the front line in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, at a location unidentified during the Russo-Ukrainian War.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday its forces launched strikes against Ukrainian positions in several parts of Ukraine and accused Kyiv of carrying out shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
Russian forces carried out their strikes in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, according to the ministry, which added that Ukrainian forces carried out an unsuccessful offensive near Pravdyne in Kherson.
Radiation levels at Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, remain normal, according to the ministry. He said two Ukrainian shelling incidents were recorded near the factory on Saturday.
A Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman denied that Ukrainian forces had carried out shelling near the facility in the south of the country.
Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused each other of bombing the Zaporizhzhia plant. The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday passed a resolution demanding that Russia end its occupation of the facility.
Alexey Kulemzin, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian separatists, said on Telegram that four people had been killed by shelling in a central part of the city. French-made Caesar howitzer shell fragments were found, Kulemzin added.
TASS news agency meanwhile quoted local authorities in Russia’s Belgorod region as saying one person was killed by Ukrainian shelling.
Reuters was unable to immediately verify reports from the battlefield.
In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have retaken territory previously held by Russian forces in the northeastern region of Kharkiv. East and south of there, Russia has concentrated its forces for months in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, to expand territory held by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.