Numerous shellings targeted the perimeter of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, raising fears of the risk of spraying radioactive substances.
There is a risk of “spray of radioactive substances” at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, occupied by Russian troops, the Ukrainian public operator warned on Saturday.
According to Energoatom , Russian troops shelled the site several times over the past day.
As a result of periodic bombardments, the plant's infrastructure has been damaged and there are risks of hydrogen leakage and spraying of radioactive substances, the Ukrainian nuclear power generation company said on Telegram , adding that there is a high fire risk.
According to the operator, since Saturday morning the plant has been operating with the risk of violating standards radiation and fire safety.
Russia, for its part, has also accused Ukraine of shelling Zaporizhia in the past 24 hours .
In a statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense assured that Ukrainian artillery had fired 17 shells at the enclosure of the power plant, the largest in Europe.
Four [shells] fell on the roof of Special Building No. 1, where 168 US nuclear fuel assemblies from WestingHouse are located, he said, adding that the remaining shells fell; were crashed 30 meters from a spent fuel depot and near another containing fresh fuel.
According to the Russian army, the Ukrainian army fired from the vicinity of the town of Marhanet, which faces the plant, on the opposite bank of the Dnieper river still controlled by kyiv.
AFP could not verify these independent source statements.
The Zaporizhia power plant, where six of the 15 Ukrainian reactors, was taken by Russian troops in early March, shortly after the launch of the invasion on February 24, and is near the front line in the south.
Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of carrying out shelling near the complex, itself near the town of Energodar on the Dnieper River.
Thursday, the plant was cut off from the Ukrainian power grid for the first time since it was commissioned four decades ago, due to the actions of the invaders, according to Energoatom.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the power outage was caused by the Russian bombardment of the last active power line connecting the plant to the grid.
The plant was returned to service on Friday afternoon , but Mr. Zelensky warned that the worst-case scenario is constantly being brought about by Russian forces.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urges the #x27;sending a mission to the plant as soon as possible to help stabilize the safety and security situation. nuclear tee.