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Ukraine accuses Russian forces of shooting at protesters in the town of Enerhodar

KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian official accuses Russian forces of opening fire on peaceful protesters, wounding four with “serious burns”, in the southern town of Enerhodar occupied by Moscow forces.

Russian troops took control of Enerhodar, the site of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, in early March.

“Today in Enerhodar, the townspeople gathered again for a rally in support of Ukraine, singing the anthem,” Ukrainian human rights ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova said on Telegram.

“The occupants used light and stun grenades and opened mortar fire on the inhabitants, four people were injured and seriously burned,” she said.

Videos circulating on social media show people fleeing a square in Enerhodar amid explosions and clouds of white smoke.

Denisova says some of the protesters were “forced into paddy wagons and taken in an unknown direction”.

She accuses the Russian forces of “terrorizing the local population”.

Ukraine has previously accused the Russian military of firing on peaceful protesters in Kherson, the first major city to fall to the Russian military since the invasion of Moscow in late February.

Denisova says there is no information about the “abducted” mayor of Enerhodar, Ivan Samoiydyuk, “who did not agree to cooperate with the occupiers”.

Fighting around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Enerhodar last month sparked international outrage, with memories of Ukraine’s Chernobyl disaster still fresh.

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