Ukraine accuses Russia of strikes near nuclear reactor at Zaporizhia power plant

Ukraine accuses Russia of strikes near nuclear reactor at Zaporizhia power plant

Russia for its part attributed these strikes to Ukraine, accusing the regime of President Volodymyr Zelensky of “nuclear terrorism”.

Russian military planes (illustration photo). Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP

Ukraine accused the Russians on Friday August 5 of strikes near a nuclear reactor at the Zaporijjia power plant (south), under Russian occupation since the start of the war. “Three strikes were reported on Friday evening near one of the nuclear reactors”, announced on Telegram the Ukrainian state company Energoatom, which manages the country’s nuclear power plants.

Ukraine accused the Russians on Friday August 5 of strikes near a nuclear reactor at the Zaporijjia power plant (south), under Russian occupation since the start of the war. “Three strikes were reported on Friday evening near one of the nuclear reactors”, announced on Telegram the Ukrainian state company Energoatom, which manages the country’s nuclear power plants.

Russia must “bear responsibility” for the “act of terror” at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, said Volodymyr Zelensky. “Today the occupiers have created another extremely risky situation for all of Europe: they have twice struck the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Any bombing of this site is a shameless crime, an act of terror (…) Russia must bear the responsibility for the very fact of creating a threat to a nuclear power plant, ”said Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily video address.

Russia for its part attributed these strikes to Ukraine, accusing the regime of President Volodymyr Zelensky of “nuclear terrorism”. “Ukrainian armed formations carried out three artillery strikes against the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar,” the Russian army said in a statement, calling on “international organizations to condemn the actions of the Zelensky regime which carries out acts of nuclear terrorism”.

“Atomic bomb”

A high voltage line was damaged in this attack, triggering the shutdown of one of the reactors of the power station, the largest in Europe. “There are risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances. The danger of fire is high”, according to Energoatom which did not report any victims at first. According to Energoatom, officials from the Russian company, Rosatom, “hastily left the site before the attack”.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its part “strongly condemned the actions of the occupying troops at the Zaporijjia power plant” on Friday. “The possible consequences of a strike on an operating reactor are equivalent to the use of an atomic bomb,” the ministry wrote in a statement, calling on the international community to take “immediate measures to force Russia out of the power station” and to “transfer it under the control of Ukraine in the interest of the security of the whole world”.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that the situation was “volatile” at the Zaporizhia power plant was becoming “more and more dangerous day by day”. At the end of July, Ukraine accused Russia of storing heavy weapons and ammunition on the site of the nuclear power plant. When the plant was taken over in early March, the Russian army opened fire on buildings on the site, already raising the risk of a major nuclear accident.

 

 

 

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