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Ukraine updates: Russia denies plans to give up Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Deutsche Welle 11/28/2022 Deutsche Welle

The Kremlin says the Zaporizhzhia plant will remain under Russian control despite reports to the contrary. Ukraine's new ambassador to Germany has asked Berlin for generators as well as more weapons. DW has the latest.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied reports that Russia intends to give up the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, saying it is still under Russian control and will remain so.

"There's no need to look for signs where there are none and cannot be any," Peskov told reporters in a briefing on Monday.

His remarks came after the head of Ukraine's state-run nuclear energy company said there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to vacate what is Europe's biggest nuclear plant, which they seized in March shortly after invading Ukraine.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak also said late on Sunday that he was sure Russian forces would leave the plant.

Both Ukraine and Russia have warned of the danger of a nuclear catastrophe, while accusing one another of shelling the six-reactor complex.

The two countries were both badly affected by the world's worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl, northern Ukraine, in 1986.

Ukrainian staff are still working at the plant despite the Russian takeover.

Here are the other main headlines from the war in Ukraine on Monday, November 28:

Ukrainian ambassador asks Berlin for generators

The new Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Oleksii Makeiev, has called on Berlin to provide his country with equipment to counter the power cuts caused by recent Russian missile attacks.

"We need generators and car transformers, which are particularly affected by Russian missile attacks," Makeiev told public broadcaster ZDF on Monday.

Makeiev said that the capital, Kyiv, has electricity only for a few hours per day after the massive damage to energy infrastructure across the country.

The ambassador however also reiterated the need for more air-defense systems and other weapons from Germany, saying: "German weapons save lives."

Makeiev said his main concern was to build and maintain trust.

"We need this support from Germany very much," he said.

Ukraine warns of more Russian aerial attacks

Ukrainian officials have warned that Russian forces are preparing a fresh wave of missile attacks targeting energy infrastructure.

A Ukraine military spokesperson said a Russian warship capable of firing cruise missiles had recently deployed to the Black Sea with Kalibr-type missiles on board, indicating that preparations were underway.

This comes after President Volodymyr Zelensky also said in an address to Ukrainians late on Sunday that Russia was preparing new aerial attacks.

He said Russia's military would continue such attacks "as long as they have missiles."

Repeated Russian attacks in recent days have disrupted power and water supplies to millions over recent weeks as winter sets in.

Russia has said it targets only infrastructure linked to military use and has blamed the blackouts on Kyiv's refusal to negotiate with Moscow.

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And there have been calls for Russia to pay for the damage it has inflicted on Ukraine. DW looks at how realistic the prospects of this occurring are.

tj/kb (Reuters, AFP, AP, dpa)

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