Russia-Ukraine war live news: Zelenskiy warns Russian troops in nuclear plant; Kherson bridges likely out of use | Ukraine

Key events

Hungary says Russia began supplying the country with additional gas after a visit to Moscow in July by its foreign minister.

Hungary’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that trade talks with Moscow ‘had reached an agreement’, which allowed Russia’s Gazprom to start deliveries on Friday ‘beyond the quantities already contracted’ to the union member. European Union, Agence France-Presse reported.

Ministry official Tamas Menczer said on his Facebook page:

It is the duty of the Hungarian government to ensure the country’s secure supply of natural gas, and we respect it.

In the first phase, an additional 2.6 million cubic meters per day would arrive from the south via the TurkStream pipeline until the end of August, Menczer said, adding that negotiations were underway for September deliveries.

While Ukraine and Russia continue to accuse each other of hitting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, it has been bombed several times over the past week.

Ukraine’s nuclear agency, Energoatom, said on Saturday sharing a message from a local leader in the southern Ukrainian town of Energodar, where the plant is located:

Limit your presence on the streets of Energodar! We have received information about new provocations by the [Russian] occupants.

Agence France-Presse also reported the message on Telegram saying:

According to the locals, there are new shellings in the direction of the nuclear power plant… the time between the beginning and the arrival of the shellings is 3 to 5 seconds.

But pro-Moscow officials in the occupied areas of the Zaporizhzhia region accused Ukrainian forces of shelling.

Vladimir Rogovmember of the Moscow-based administration, said:

Energodar and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant are again under fire from the [Ukrainian president Volodymyr] Zelenskiy activists.

The missiles fell “in the areas on the banks of the Dnipro River and in the factory”, Rogov said, without reporting any casualties or damage.

Ukraine said the first strikes on August 5 damaged an electrical cable and forced one of the reactors to stop working. Then Thursday’s strikes damaged a pumping station and radiation sensors.

A Russian serviceman guarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant earlier this year
A Russian serviceman guarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant earlier this year. Photography: AP

Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continuing coverage of the Russian-Ukrainian war. These are the latest developments as 9.30 a.m. approaches in Kyiv this Sunday, August 14, 2022.

  • Ukraine says it will target Russian soldiers firing at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant or use it as a base to fire from, as both sides again accused the other of bombing the facility. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that Russian soldiers who fired on the plant or used it as cover would become a “special target”, Reuters reported. He repeated accusations that Moscow was using the plant – the largest in Europe – as nuclear blackmail. The mayor-in-exile of the town where the plant is located in southeastern Ukraine said it had come under renewed bombardment.

  • An explosion was heard in the northeastern part of Melitopol, the mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, Melitopol, posted on Telegram. “We expect good news on Russian losses,” he added. The city, located east of the Dnipro River and northeast of the Crimean peninsula, has been occupied since March.

  • The two main road bridges providing access to the pocket of Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Ukraine’s Kherson region are now likely out of use for the purposes of substantial Russian military resupply, British military intelligence said on Saturday, in what the UK Ministry of Defense described as a key vulnerability.

  • Death toll after Russian missile strike on Kramatorsk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region rises to three, reports the Kyiv Post. He cites a report by Ukrinform giving the mayor of Kramatorsk, Oleksandr Honcharenko, as a source.

  • The United States has expressed concern over reports that British, Swedish and Croatian nationals are being charged by “illegitimate authorities” in eastern Ukraine.. “Russia and its proxies have an obligation to respect international humanitarian law, including the law and protections given to prisoners of war,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

  • Russia has warned the US that potentially placing Russia on the US State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism could be a diplomatic ‘point of no return’and trigger a complete severance of relations between the two countries.

  • Ukrainian military reportedly shot down Russian fighter jetas well as four Russian drones, over the past day, according to Ukrainian media.

  • Two Russian missiles hit Kharkiv overnight Saturday, regional governor Oleh Synehubov told state television. He said there were no casualties but one missile damaged a technical college while the other landed in a residential area, Reuters reported.

  • Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday that the war could only end with the return of the Crimean peninsula and the punishment of the Russian leaders who ordered the military invasion.

  • Russian forces have taken full control of Pisky, a village on the outskirts of Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Interfax reported Saturday citing the Russian Defense Ministry. The Ukrainian military command later said that “fierce fighting” continued in the village.

  • Ukraine’s health minister accused Russian authorities of committing a crime against humanity blocking access to affordable medicines and hospitals in occupied areas.

  • Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has again complained that the lack of comprehensive travel restrictions in the Schengen zone for Russians imposes an “unfair” burden on countries neighboring Russia.reiterating calls for the European Union to introduce visa bans for Russian nationals.

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