WASHINGTON – Ukraine’s ambassador to Washington has appealed to the world for help, saying at least 40 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed by Russia, along with “dozens” of Ukrainian civilians and that the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is being destroyed. attack.
During a press conference at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Oksana Markarova also said that Russian attacks have hit hospitals in the country, citing a report from Ukraine’s Health Minister. The charge cannot be independently verified.
Flipping through a list of several cities that she said have experienced heavy attacks and fighting, Ms. Markarova said that the Russian invasion goes far beyond the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. “It’s a war against Ukraine,” she said.
Among the places that Ukrainian forces are protecting is the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the area around it, the site of the worst nuclear accident in history, in 1986, she said. in four of their reactors exploded. That reactor has been sealed in concrete for more than 30 years and the other three have been decommissioned, but the site includes a nuclear waste storage facility.
After she spoke, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces had captured the plant.
Ms. Marakova said that Ukrainian forces destroyed two Russian helicopters just outside Kyiv, and seven in unspecified locations. And she said that the Ukrainian military is reporting that a platoon from the Russian 74th motorized brigade has surrendered to Ukrainian forces. “They didn’t know that they were sent to Ukraine to kill Ukrainians,” she said. “They think they’re doing something else.” That claim has not been independently verified.
The ambassador said Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, remained in the country along with other senior officials. “Everybody is in Ukraine.” The capital, Kyiv, is “completely under control,” she said.
Asked if she hoped US troops could come to Ukraine, Ms. Marakova said, “We don’t expect anyone to fight for us.”
“It will end with Ukraine winning this,” she said. “Because we are in our own house. We are protecting our home. We never attack anyone.”
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