Russian military hasZelensky has been warned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that they will become a "particular target" if they strike the location in the now-Russian controlled city of Enerhodar or use it as a base to fire from.
In addition to warning about the dangers of a catastrophe at Europe's largest nuclear facility, Ukraine advocated for new penalties against Russia and reopened the blame game between the two sides.
The international nuclear watchdog has issued a dire warning if the violence continues. Attacks near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine have sparked accusations between Russian-installed officials and Ukrainian officials.
The Russian military has been warned by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that they will become a "particular target" if they strike the location in the now-Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar or use it as a base to fire from.
Zelensky called for a firmer international reaction to the Kremlin in his late Monday night statement.
He urged new restrictions on Russia's nuclear industry, stating that "if via Russia's actions a catastrophe occurs, the consequences could impact those who for the time being is mute."
"The world will have failed if it does not now demonstrate strength and resolve to defend one nuclear power station."
On Monday, Vladimir Rogov, a Russian official stationed in Enerhodar, reported that approximately 25 heavy artillery strikes from American-made M777 howitzers had hit targets. In two hours, close to the nuclear power plant and residential areas.
According to the press office of the Russian-appointed government in Enerhodar, Ukrainian soldiers opened fire and detonated bombs close to the power plant. This information was provided by the Russian news agency Interfax.
The district of Nikopol, which is across the river from Enerhodar and is still in Ukrainian control, however, claims that it was Russian forces that shelled the city to make it seem as though Ukraine was attacking it.
Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential staff, posted on Twitter, "The Russians think they can compel the world to comply with their terms by bombarding the Zaporizhzhia NPP (nuclear power plant)."
Reuters was unable to immediately confirm reports from the battlefield.
A catastrophe has been foreseen, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is requesting access to the plant. Fighting, according to nuclear experts, might harm the reactors or spent fuel pools at the site.
Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, has urged for the creation of a demilitarized zone surrounding Zaporizhzhia.
If both Russia and Ukraine agree, the UN claims to have the logistical and security resources to facilitate an IAEA visit.
The prerequisites for the plant's safe operation were discussed during a phone chat between Guterres and the Russian minister of defense, Sergei Shoigu, the ministry announced on Monday.
The conflict, which has driven millions of people from their homes and killed thousands of people, has severely strained ties between Moscow and the West.
Late on Monday, Russia said that a British surveillance aircraft had crossed its air boundary at a peninsula east of Finland between the Barents Sea and the White Sea and had been chased out of Russian airspace by a fighter jet.
An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by the British defense ministry.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged about his country's sophisticated weaponry, yet his force has been driven out of Ukraine's two largest cities and is only making gradual progress at great expense in the east.
To demilitarise its neighbor and safeguard Russian-speaking communities, Russia has invaded Ukraine in what it refers to as a "special military operation." Moscow is charged with pursuing an imperial-style war of conquest by Ukraine and its Western sponsors.
On Monday night, Ukrainian forces claimed that Russian forces were advancing on several frontline positions in the east and south by firing those positions.
The most major diplomatic achievement since the start of the war was work on a grain deal to ameliorate a global food crisis caused by the conflict, even as the largest attack on a European state since 1945 continued.
The first humanitarian plane, the Brave Commander, was permitted to depart by the Joint Coordination Center, which was established by the United Nations, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey.