Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy orders shelter probe after deaths

Zelenskyy has ordered an inspection of air-raid shelters after reports of people being unable to enter them. The IAEA head says the country's biggest nuclear plant is "extremely vulnerable."

Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy orders shelter probe after deaths (Photo: DW)
Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy orders shelter probe after deaths (Photo: DW)


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told his government to remedy problems with air-raid shelters in the capital, Kyiv, as Russia continues heavy missile attacks on the city.

His comments on the shelters in his nightly address come after three people, including a 9-year-old child, were killed by missile debris after reportedly being unable to access a locked shelter. Police have detained four people in an investigation into the deaths.

Zelenskyy said Kyiv residents were reporting that there were too few shelters, that they were sometimes locked and that access to them was sometimes difficult.

He said that bunkers were entirely lacking in some city districts.

"This level of negligence in the city cannot be justified," Zelenskyy said, adding he had told the strategic industries minister and the interior minister to conduct a "full audit of bomb shelters."

Zelenskyy and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who have clashed before, appear to be trading blame over the shelter issue, with Klitschko saying allies of the president are responsible for shortfalls.

The prosecutor's office in Kyiv said it had joined with police to investigate the situation and that it was also looking into possible misappropriation of funds earmarked for repairing the shelters.

Kyiv has experienced six consecutive nights and one day of bombing by Russian forces in this week alone. Most missiles and drones have been destroyed by Ukrainian air defenses.

Here are some of the other developments concerning Russia's war in Ukraine on Saturday, June 3:

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant 'extremely vulnerable': IAEA's Grossi

Ukraine and Europe's largest nuclear plant, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, remains in a "highly precarious" situation, having had an insufficient external back-up power supply for three months, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, has warned.

The IAEA said the facility near the southeastern city of Enerhodar now relied on one operational power line for external electricity. The plant needs the external power to cool reactors and carry out other vital safety and security measures.

If the line fails, as it did on May 22, the plant would be forced to rely on emergency diesel generators, the IAEA said.

Before the Russian invasion began in February 2022, the plant had four off-site power lines at its disposal.

"The general situation at the site remains highly precarious and potentially dangerous," Grossi said, adding that there was "a need for intensified efforts to ensure a more stable and predictable external electricity supply."

The six-reactor plant has been occupied by Russian forces since March 2022.

Indonesia calls for UN referendum on 'disputed' territory in Ukraine

Indonesia's defense minister has proposed a multi-point peace plan for Ukraine and called on the Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit in Singapore to issue a declaration calling for hostilities to cease.

The plan put forward by Prabowo Subianto called for a cease-fire and a demilitarized zone monitored by UN peacekeepers.

He also said a UN referendum should be held "to ascertain objectively the wishes of the majority of the inhabitants of the various disputed areas."

"I propose that the Shangri-La dialogue find a mode of ... voluntary declaration urging both Ukraine and Russia to immediately start negotiations for peace," Prabowo said.

His description of Russian-held territories in Ukraine as "disputed areas" is highly questionable under international law and goes against the stance of Ukraine and its allies that Kyiv's territorial integrity has been grossly violated.

Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has previously offered his services to both Kyiv and Moscow as a peace broker.

Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy has proposed a 10-point peace plan that calls on Russia to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine.

More DW coverage of the Russian invasion

Many Ukrainians are seeking family members who they say are being held prisoner by Russia despite their civilian status, as DW reports.

Meanwhile, attacks by pro-Ukrainian militants within Russia itself are starting to undermine faith in the country's allegedly insuperable military power.

And DW correspondent Max Zander spoke with soldiers training for fighting in cities while they gear up for the imminent counteroffensive battle that lies ahead. You can watch the report in the video player below.

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