U.S. and EU demand Russia leave Ukraine nuclear plant as shelling intensifies
Driving the news: Days of heavy shelling in the area around Europe's largest nuclear power station intensified Sunday — as Russian and Ukrainian officials continue to blame each other for the strikes that have forced hundreds of civilians to flee in the past week.
- Energoatom, Ukraine's nuclear power operator, reported Sunday that at least six Russian strikes on the nearby city of Enerhodar had killed one person and injured another. Russia's military is occupying Enerhodar.
Meanwhile, the European Union released a joint statement with the U.S. and 41 other countries on Sunday demanding that Russian forces "immediately withdraw" from the nuclear power station and the surroundings areas.
- It is "undeniable that Russia's invasion and its continued presence at Ukraine’s nuclear facilities significantly raise the risk of nuclear incidents and accidents," the statement warned.