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Ukraine Nuclear Plant Worker Killed by Russian Mortar as Tensions Rise

Ukraine Nuclear Plant Worker Killed by Russian Mortar as Tensions Rise – The president of Ukraine’s nuclear power corporation announced on Tuesday that a worker at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and his driver were killed in a mortar explosion outside the facility, emphasizing the dangerous situation at Europe’s largest nuclear plant.  Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, foresaw a potential catastrophe at the site and urged international pressure on Russia to get its troops out of the region.

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“We don’t control what happens there,” Zelenskyy said at a press conference in Kyiv, adding: “We have to put pressure on Russia, give them an ultimatum from the international community to leave, equipment, bombs, weapons and people who definitely don’t understand what’s happening there and they don’t have anything to do with nuclear energy.”

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According to a Foreign Ministry spokesman who spoke under the terms of the department’s rules and on condition of anonymity, Russia “intensifies efforts in the coming days to launch more strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities.

As hundreds of Russians attended a memorial service for Daria Dugina, the daughter of far-right activist Alexander Dugin and a fervent supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine, on Tuesday in Moscow, fears of additional attacks also grew.

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For the murder of his daughter, for which the Russian intelligence service FSB assigned blame to Ukraine, Dugin wanted more than just revenge.  The attack was not claimed by Kiev authorities, who instead blamed internal Russian affairs. However, Dugin claimed that only success in Ukraine could “justify the biggest sacrifice, the highest price we pay,” that he made for his daughter.

The director of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, also stated on Tuesday that Ukraine expects the FSB will carry out “terrorist attacks” in Russian cities and holds Ukraine responsible. He claimed that Dugina’s murder was the first of a string of assaults the FSB planned to stoke support for the war without offering any supporting evidence.

It was the second similar killing since Russian troops took the region in March when the Zaporizhia worker died on Monday. Vladyslav Mitin, a mechanic at the facility, was killed by mortar fire, but it did not appear to be a direct assault on the nuclear power plant.

Russian troops struck Mitin’s taxi as it was moving through Enerhodar, the city that is under Russian control and home to the plant, according to Petro Kotin, president of Energoatom, who spoke with The Washington Post in an interview at the company’s headquarters in Kyiv.

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Zelenskyy stated in a speech on Tuesday that Ukraine would eventually regain the Crimean peninsula from Russian control and that this would increase the security of Europe. Zelenskyy declared that regaining Ukrainian control over the Crimean Peninsula would be a significant step against war in Europe.

Russian military bases in Crimea have recently been attacked, and it is commonly assumed that Ukrainian special forces and local covert allies were responsible. “For Ukraine, Crimea is not just a territory, not a chip in the geopolitical game,” said Zelenskyy. “For Ukraine, Crimea is a part of our people, our society. Crimea was and is Ukraine, and after deoccupation, together with our entire state, it will become part of the European Union.”

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