Russian plane shot down on outskirts of Chernihiv city in northern Ukraine, Ukrainian officials say

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov again criticized NATO for refusing to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

“Arguments about murders, targeted bombings and rocket attacks on residential buildings, hospitals, maternity hospitals and kindergartens, and the destruction of one of the European nations are not enough in the 21st century . Very good,” Reznikov said in a video message released on Saturday.

Reznikov said Chernobyl, the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents, and Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia are under Russian control. Russian forces attacked Zaporizhzhia earlier, damaging one of its reactors.

“Anyone now blocking the skies over Ukraine should remember April 1986,” he said, referring to the Chernobyl disaster.

He added that targeting the Zaporizhzhia plant was no accident.

“These are deliberate actions. Russia committed an act of nuclear terrorism. We were miraculously lucky because the fire was put out. But tomorrow may not be so lucky.”

The United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency said there were no signs of high radiation levels at the Zaporizhzia plant, which fell to Russian forces on Thursday evening.

US officials said Russian forces were advancing towards another Ukrainian nuclear complex.

Reznikov urged Western governments: “Listen to your people. Yesterday’s Reuters/Ipsos poll clearly showed that outrage over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is growing. About 74% of Americans, including the vast majority of Republicans and Democrats, said the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies should introduce a no-fly zone in Ukraine, according to the survey.”

NATO and the United States have repeatedly rejected demands for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, despite repeated calls from President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials since the beginning of the war. Russian invasion.

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