Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking Zaporizhia nuclear plant

The separatist authorities of the Zaporizhia region, in Ukraine, denounced that the Ukrainian forces attacked the nuclear plant with artillery of the area. The attack caused a fire in the largest plant of its kind in Europe. The impacts also caused a safety problem by affecting control systems.

Reuters reports that the rebel administration of the city of Energodar reported that the attack interrupted “two power lines, which fed a distribution equipment with a power of 750 kilowatts.” that team is “necessary for the safe operation of the energy blocks of the Zaporizhia NPP”.

The pro-Russian separatists claimed that “two hours after the first attack, a new artillery attack was carried out from the opposite bank of the Dnieper.” The Interfax Agency indicates that “the nationalists managed to achieve their objective, the shells hit an industrial building at the nuclear power plant“.

Most of the Zaporizhia region is controlled by Russian forces and Ukrainian separatists. The version of the Ukrainian government is that Russia dropped bombs in that same sector. The Ukrainian state-owned Energoatom indicated that on Friday night “three bombings were registered” near one of the reactors.

The company that manages nuclear power plants in Ukraine explained that due to the attack “there are risks of hydrogen leakage and dissemination of radioactive substances“. The Russian defense ministry said that “Ukrainian armed units carried out three bombardments in the area of ​​the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar”.

Distant image of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine

Distant image of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine

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