Recap of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine on Independence Day
On Ukraine’s Independence Day, an air raid alert was declared a total of 189 times. Air raid alerts in the regions lasted between three and 14 hours in total.
Air raid sirens sounded six times in western regions, and up to 12 times in Poltava region. In Kyiv, an air raid alert was declared seven times on Independence Day.
The regions that had the most hours in total of air raid alerts are Zaporizhzhia (14 hours), Dnipropetrovska (13 hours), and Kharkiv (11 hours). Luhansk region is under constant air raid alert.
At night, air raid sirens went off again. Here’s a list of sites that were officially confirmed as targets of Russia’s air or missile attacks on August 24 – Poltava region (Myrhorod); Kharkiv region (Kharkiv, Mala Danylivka, Derhachi); Dnipropetrovska region (Nikopolskyi, Synelnykivskyi, Kryvorizkyi, and Dniprovskyi districts); Khmelnytskyi region (Shepetivskyi district); Mykolayiv region (Mykolaiv and Bashtanska, Bereznehuvatska, and Novobuzka hromadas); Zaporizhzhia region (Zaporizhzhia); Sumy region (Esmanska, Znob-Novhorodska, and bilopilska hromadas); Chernihiv region (Chernihivskyi district); and Donetsk region (the contact line).
Vile missile attack on Chaplyne kills 25, injures more than 30
A Russian missile strike on Chaplyne, in Dnipropetrovska region killed 25 people, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram on Thursday, August 25.
“Missile strikes that hit a residential area and a railway station killed 25, including two children. An 11-year-old boy was killed under the rubble, and a six-year-old child was killed in a burning car near the railway station. Thirty-one people were wounded,” Tymoshenko said.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the missile strikes on Chaplyne and other sites.
Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant cut off from grid for first time in history – Energoatom
On Thursday, August 25, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was disconnected from the energy grid as a result of what the Russian forces did, Ukraine’s nuclear energy company Energoatom said in a statement.
“The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is currently powered from the Ukrainian energy grid through the line that connects it to the Zaporizhzhia thermoelectric power plant. The automation and safety systems are nominal. Works to connect one of the power blocks to the grid continue,” Energoatom said. The final transmission line linking Zaporizhzhia’s two operational reactors to the power grid was cut-off twice from fires at ash pits near the plant, the company explained.
Attacks by the Russian forces damaged three power lines causing the two working power blocks to disconnect from the power grid.
Enerhodar was cut off from water and power supply following Russian attacks, city mayor Dmytro Orlov said earlier. Utility workers and engineers at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant work to fix the power supply.
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- Onysia Syniuk, legal analyst of the Human Rights Centre ZMINA
- Yevhen Zakharov, director of the Kharkiv human rights group, chairman of the board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, member of the “First of December” initiative group