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Russian shelling damages clinic in southern Ukrainian port city, burns down restaurant in Kharkiv

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling hit the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv overnight, damaging a medical treatment center, the city’s mayor said Sunday.

Mykolaiv and its surrounding region have been affected daily by the conflict for weeks. On Saturday, a child was killed and five people were injured in rocket attacks in the area, Governor Vitaliy Kim said. Mykolaiv City Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych did not say whether there were any injuries in the nighttime attack, which he said also damaged some residences.

Mykolaiv, on the Southern Bug River about 30 kilometers (20 miles) upstream from the Black Sea, is a major port and center for shipbuilding.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, Russian shelling set fire to a large wooden restaurant complex on Saturday evening, according to the region’s emergency services. One person was killed and two injured in shelling in the area, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the eastern Donetsk region where Russian forces are trying to take full control, said four people were killed in shelling on Saturday.

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said on Saturday Russia’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine had been disconnected from its last external power line but was still able to run electricity through a reserve line amid heavy shelling in the area.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi said in a statement that the agency’s experts, who arrived in Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, were told by Ukrainian officials that the fourth and final line operational was down. The other three were lost earlier in the conflict.

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But IAEA experts learned that the reserve line connecting the facility to a nearby thermal power plant delivered the electricity produced by the plant to the external grid, the statement said. The same reserve line can also provide backup power to the plant if needed, he added.

“We already have a better understanding of the functionality of the reserve power line to connect the facility to the grid,” Grossi said. “This is crucial information to assess the overall situation there.”

In addition, the plant management informed the IAEA that a reactor was disconnected on Saturday afternoon due to network restrictions. Another reactor is still operating and generating electricity both for cooling and other critical safety functions at the site and for households, factories and others via the grid, the statement said.

The Zaporizhzhia facility, which is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has been held by Russian forces since early March, but its Ukrainian personnel continue to operate it.

Vladimir Rogov, the head of the Russian-installed local administration in Enerhodar, the town where the plant is located, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that there had been no further shelling of the area Sunday at noon.