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Russia bombed city housing nuclear plant says Ukraine

Kyiv : Ukrainian officials on Thursday accused Russia of attacking a city housing Europe’s largest nuclear plant ahead of a visit by UN inspectors.

Mayor Dmytro Orlov, publishing photos of damaged buildings in the Russian-occupied territory with smoke spiraling above them, on Telegram said, since dawn, Moscow’s troops “shelled Energodar with mortars and used automatic weapons and rockets.”

“We demand that Russia stops its provocations and gives the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to this Ukrainian nuclear installation,” Orlov said, referring to the UN nuclear watchdog.

According to a previous report, an IAEA mission set off from the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia towards the nuclear power plant in the Russian-controlled town of Enerhodar on Thursday, despite reports of intense shelling there.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said the mission was aware of “increased military activity in the area” but was pressing ahead with its plan to visit the facility and meet its staff.