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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Russian troops to “flee” across the border in his daily address Monday night following the launch of a Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake the Russian-occupied southern region of Kherson. Follow our liveblog to keep up with the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).


7:29am: Russia accuses Ukraine of fresh shelling of nuclear plant

Russian-installed authorities in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar have accused Ukrainian troops of once again shelling the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Russia’s TASS news agency said.

The city authorities said two shells exploded near a spent fuel storage building at the plant, the agency added.

The latest allegations come as a team of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors are set to visit the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s largest.

Ukraine and Russia have repeatedly accused each other of attacking the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant over the past six months.

August 29, 9:53pm: Ukrainians launch rocket barrage at Nova Kakhovka: RIA reports

Ukrainian forces launched a barrage of rockets at the Russian-occupied town of Nova Kakhovka on Monday, leaving it without water or power, officials at the Russian-appointed local authority told RIA news agency.

The town lies just to the east of the city of Kherson, the target of a major counteroffensive that Ukraine launched earlier in the day.

9:09pm: Top pro-Russian official shot dead in Ukraine’s Kherson

A former deputy who switched allegiance from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the occupying Russian forces in the southern region of Kherson has been shot dead, Russian investigators said Monday.

Alexei Kovalev, “the deputy head of the military and civil administration in the Kherson region was killed by bullets”, the investigators said on Telegram.

The attack took place in his home on Sunday, they said, adding a young woman who lived with him was also a victim.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)

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