After Shelling Started A Fire, Putin’s Troops Took Over A Nuclear Power Plant

The Russian defense ministry has attempted to blame Ukrainian saboteurs for an attack on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine.

Ukraine said Russian forces assaulted the plant early Friday, setting fire to a nearby five-story training facility, in an event that drew international condemnation a week after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to Reuters, a Russian defense ministry spokeswoman stated the nuclear reactor was operational and that the area has been under Russian control since February 28.

“However, the Kyiv nationalist regime attempted to carry out a horrific provocation on the property close to the power plant last night,” spokesman Igor Konashenkov was reported as saying.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appealed directly to Russians to stage protests in response to the Russian military seizing nuclear power assets in Ukraine.

“Russian people, I want to appeal to you: how is this possible? After all, we fought together in 1986 against the Chernobyl catastrophe,” he said.

In the United Kingdom, the mayor of Salford has written to Michael Gove, requesting assistance in breaking ties with Russian energy company Gazprom, warning that “state-owned and/or backed Russian organizations and services are still woven inextricably into the delivery of Local Government services within the United Kingdom.”

Paul Dennett wants his municipality to avoid having to renew its Gazprom non-domestic natural gas contract, which was signed in June 2020 after the Russian company outbid domestic suppliers.

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He claims that local governments around the country utilize Gazprom because it is far less expensive than other enterprises and hence automatically wins procurement competitions.

A number of NHS trusts rely on Gazprom for energy. Sajid Javid, the health secretary, initiated talks with NHS England (NHSE) on Thursday about terminating the contracts, which Politico said were worth £16 million in 2021.

“Our contract will be up for renewal in June, and I do not wish for public money to be spent towards the income of the Russian state during the present military crisis in Ukraine. However, at present under the current round of sanctions and/or rules, such considerations would seemingly not be considered legally relevant in assessing Gazprom’s suitability for winning the next tendering exercise (or not),” Dennett writes to Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, in a letter.

Salford, according to Dennett, is completely supportive of the government’s stated objectives to “inflict terrible consequences on President Vladimir Putin and Russia” as a result of Russia’s unjustifiable assault on Ukraine’s sovereign nation.

He wants Gove to modify the law to make it simpler for local governments to cut their links with Gazprom and block the company from pitching for new contracts, even if it means paying more for municipal energy.

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