Ukraine says it hit Russian base near Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

This strike comes the day after a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ in Zaporizhia AFP

Ukraine indicated on Friday, September 2 that it had struck a Russian base in Energodar, the city where the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is located, occupied by Russian troops, the day after a visit by a mission from the International Agency for atomic energy.

“In the localities of Kherson and Energodar, precise strikes by our troops destroyed three enemy artillery systems, as well as an ammunition depot,” the Ukrainian army said in its evening report. Questioned by AFP by telephone, the pro-kyiv mayor of Energodar Dmytro Orlov, currently in exile, said he had no information on this subject, citing serious problems with the mobile network in this city on Friday. The Ukrainian army has also claimed that the Russian forces had evacuated “all their military equipment from the site of the plant” before the arrival of the IAEA mission, several of whose members remained at the plant and are there. still.

The Zaporizhia power plant, the largest in Europe, fell to Russian troops in March, shortly after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, and its site was targeted by several bombardments raising fears of a nuclear disaster. . kyiv and Moscow reject responsibility for these strikes. Thursday morning, before the arrival of the IAEA mission, the Ukrainian authorities accused the Russians of having bombed Energodar with the intention of throwing the responsibility on kyiv. At the same time, the Russian army accused the Ukrainians of sending a team of “saboteurs” to take the nuclear power plant. Ukraine said it had launched a counter-offensive to retake Russian-occupied southern territories but blocked all communication about it.