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Ukraine Latest: Civilians Killed in Donetsk; Nuclear Plant Fears

Damaged buildings following Russian strikes in Kharkiv region, Ukraine.

Damaged buildings following Russian strikes in Kharkiv region, Ukraine.

Photographer: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo

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Shelling by Russian forces reportedly killed civilians in the eastern region of Donetsk as the Kremlin pressed ahead with its campaign, while a US think tank said Moscow was holding a Ukrainian nuclear plant to play off Westerns fears of an atomic disaster. 

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that conditions at the Zaporizhzhia plant in southeastern Ukraine are “out of control.” Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged China’s Xi Jinping to agree to direct talks, saying Beijing hasn’t replied to such requests since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.