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Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now
Ukraine War Damage

on Wednesday accused of exploiting its position in a nuclear power plant it had seized to target a nearby town in a rocket attack that killed at least 13 people and left many others seriously wounded. 

FIGHTING

Russia launched 80 Grad rockets at the town of Marhanets across the Dnipro river from the Zaporizhzhia plant on Tuesday, Valentyn Reznychenko, governor of the central Dnipropetrovsk region, said, adding that more than 20 buildings were damaged.

There was no immediate comment from Russia, which has accused Ukraine of shelling the plant, something Kyiv denies.

Ukraine hit one of two bridges across the Dnipro River in the Russian-occupied south, adding to earlier damage, the southern military command said.

The strikes on the Kakhovskyi bridge, which aimed to create problems for Russian logistics, had left it “unfit for use”, the command said in a Facebook post.

Two U.S. newspapers cited unnamed Ukrainian officials as saying Ukrainian special forces had carried out an attack on Tuesday on an air base on the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula, destroying military aircraft.

Moscow had said the explosions were detonations of stored ammunition. Kyiv has not taken responsibility for the attacks.

was unable to verify battlefield reports.

DIPLOMACY

's ambassador to Russia called the the “main instigator” of the crisis in Ukraine, accusing Washington of backing Moscow into a corner with repeated expansions of the NATO defence alliance and support for forces seeking to align Ukraine with the .

ECONOMY

Ukraine's overseas creditors backed its request for a two-year freeze on payments on almost $20 billion in international bonds, a move that will allow it to avoid a debt default.

The second commercial ship to arrive in a Ukrainian port since the start of Russia's invasion has docked in the port of Chornomorsk and is ready to load grain, Ukraine's infrastructure minister said.

The expects a “big uptick” in ships wanting to export Ukraine grain through the Black Sea after transit procedures were agreed and a goal of 2-5 million tonnes a month is “achievable,” a senior U.N. official said.

Russia's pipeline monopoly Transneft said oil transit via the southern leg of the Druzhba pipeline had resumed, RIA news agency reported, almost a week after it stopped, affecting supplies to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. 

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