42 Nations Urge Russia To Withdraw Troops From Nuke Plant
Forty-two countries have urged Russia to withdraw its troops from Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.
Photo Insert: Dnieper hydroelectric station in Zaporizhzhia
All EU members, Norway, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Moldova, North Macedonia, and Turkey joined in issuing such a statement, Ukraine Daily reported.
They said Russia's control over the nuclear plant in Enerhodar poses a threat to the safety of Ukrainians and people living in neighboring countries. Russia, which has constantly been shelling Ukrainian positions from the plant's territory, has been accused of using it as a shield and a tool of blackmail.
Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov reported on Aug. 14 that Ukrainian partisans have damaged a railway bridge near occupied Melitopol, thus preventing the entry of troops and weapons from Crimea.
Fedorov said Russian forces were not able to repair the bridge for two days and failed to catch the partisans. Meanwhile, Russian media said the Ukrainian military destroyed a base of the Wagner Group in Popasna.
Yuriy Kotenok, a Russian propagandist, wrote on his Telegram that Ukrainian forces used HIMARS missiles to hit the base in Popasna, Luhansk oblast.
On the war front, Russia has lost 43,550 troops in Ukraine since Feb. 24. Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Aug. 14 that Russia had also lost 1,864 tanks, 4,126 armored fighting vehicles, 3,039 vehicles and fuel tanks, 980 artillery systems, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 136 air defense systems, 194 helicopters, 233 airplanes, 784 drones, and 15 boats.