Ukraine has accused Russian troops of attacking near a reactor at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the southeast of the country. Three attacks took place near a nuclear reactor on the site of the nuclear power plant, Energoatom, the state operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said Friday. There is a risk of hydrogen and radioactive radiation escaping.
“The risk of fire is high,” explains Energoatom. Initially there were no injuries. Russia rejected the charges and blamed the Ukrainian government: Three artillery strikes were carried out by “armed Ukrainian groups” on the site of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and in the city of Enerhodar, the Russian army said. She called on “international organizations to condemn the criminal actions of the Zelenskyy regime, which is committing acts of nuclear terrorism”.
Administration: Fire on the site of the nuclear power plant
The local pro-Russian government also claims that the nuclear power plant was damaged by Ukrainian artillery fire. A fire broke out on the site of the power plant, said the Russian government of the city of Enerhodar, on whose territory the power plant is located. High-voltage power lines necessary for the safe operation of reactors have been interrupted, the city government said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been trying to send inspectors to the facility for weeks. The head of the IAEA described the situation at the nuclear power plant as extremely unstable and fragile. “All principles of nuclear safety have been violated in one way or another,” Rafael Grossi said in New York this week. An inspection to check technical safety is urgently needed.
Ukraine rejects IAEA inspection
Ukraine has so far refused to do so, saying it would legitimize the Russian occupation of the site in the eyes of the international community. Russian forces took control in March shortly after the troops entered.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Moscow of using the facility as a military base and attacking Ukrainians from there, knowing full well “that they cannot and will not fire back because they could accidentally hit a nuclear reactor or high-level waste.” touch.” stored there”.
UK: Russia uses NPP as cover
Ahead of the Ukrainian allegations, British intelligence officials said actions by Russian forces could endanger the safety of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Moscow’s intentions there are still unclear five months after the war started, the British Ministry of Defense said Friday. The Russians allegedly used artillery units in areas adjacent to the power plant to attack Ukrainian regions west of the Dnipro River. They may have used the high-security status of the power plant site to protect themselves and their equipment from Ukrainian counter-attacks at night, sources said.
With six blocks and a capacity of 6,000 megawatts, the Enerhodar plant in Zaporizhzhya Oblast is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. After the occupation by Russian forces, the nuclear power plant was still operated by Ukrainian personnel, but under the supervision of Russian nuclear specialists.