Ukraine war: Zelenskyy denies Russians control Bakhmut; nuclear power plant goes into blackout mode

Source: CNBC

“Ukraine is refusing to concede defeat in the largely ruined eastern town of Bakhmut after Russian mercenary forces claimed they were now fully in control of the town after months of fighting. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that ‘Russia did not occupy Bakhmut’ … rebuffing claims by Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin that his forces had fully captured the town in the Donetsk region on Saturday. … Ukraine’s state-owned power generating company Energoatom said Monday that there has been another power cut at the embattled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant …. Energoatom said on Telegram that the ZNPP’s latest outage, the seventh since the start of the war, was due to Russian shelling of an external power line. … The plant, Europe’s largest of its kind, is occupied by Russian troops and both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of endangering the plant, risking a nuclear catastrophe.” (05/22/23)