13 killed in shelling in central Ukraine

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13 killed in shelling in central Ukraine

According to the governor Valentyn Reznychenko, 13 people have been killed after shelling in Ukraine's central Dnipropetrovsk region.

On Wednesday, more than 20 buildings had been damaged in Marganets, a city across the Dnipro River from the Russian-owned Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, where there have been other reports of shelling.

The attack damaged a power line, leaving several thousand people without electricity.

A hostel, two schools, a concert hall, the main council building and other administrative bases were damaged, according to Mr Reznychenko.

Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls a special military operation in Ukraine.

Mr Reznychenko initially said there were 21 deaths, with 11 killed in the district of Nikopol and 10 killed in Marganets, but later clarified that 13 people had died.

The reports follow the UN's call for nuclear inspectors to be allowed access to the Zaporizhzhia power plant, as Kyiv and Moscow blame for the shelling of the plant.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the shelling Russian nuclear terror that warranted more international sanctions, this time on Moscow's nuclear sector.

In a televised address, Mr Zelenskyy said there was no such nation in the world that could feel safe when a terrorist state fires a nuclear plant.

The Russian-installed authority in the area said it was Ukraine that hit the site.