Russian strikes near Ukraine nuclear plant kill 14
A Ukrainian deminer climb debris near the damaged building of a clinical medical laboratory following a Russian rocket strike in the second largest Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on August 9, 2022 amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by SERGEY BOBOK / AFP)

KYIV, Ukraine (AFP)— Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russia of carrying out rocket strikes that killed 14 civilians in areas near a nuclear power plant, as the G7 warned that Russian control of the facility "endangers the region".

Overnight strikes in the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine killed 13 people and injured 11, with five reported to be in a serious condition, regional governor Valentin Reznichenko wrote on Telegram.

Most of the casualties were in the town of Marganets, just across the Dnipro River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's biggest.

"It was a terrible night," Reznichenko said, urging residents to shelter when they hear air raid sirens.

"I am asking and begging you... Don't let the Russians kill you," he wrote.

Another woman died after Russian missiles slammed into a village in the Zaporizhzhia region on Wednesday morning, local governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on Telegram.

Regional council head Mykola Lukashuk said the strikes had hit a local power line, leaving thousands of people without electricity.

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