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According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, more than 250 members of the Ukrainian naval forces tried to regain control of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, but were rebuffed (archives).
L& The Russian army on Friday night repelled an assault by Ukrainian forces trying to retake the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its daily press briefing on Saturday.
More than 250 members of the Ukrainian naval forces tried to disembark at around 11 p.m. local time (8 p.m. GMT) on the shore of the lake where the plant is located, the ministry said, according to which the Russian army had them. repulsed with the help of helicopters and fighter jets.
About 20 Ukrainian boats were destroyed, which brought the rest of the Ukrainian fleet to disperse and retreat, the Russian ministry added.
Despite the presence of representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the kyiv regime has once again tried to seize the plant, has said the Russian Defense Ministry.
Reuters was unable to verify these claims.
The Russian army took control of the Zaporizhia power plant in the first weeks of its offensive in Ukraine, launched on February 24, but the site, close to the front, remains connected to the Ukrainian electricity network and its operation ensured by Ukrainian employees.
Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the surroundings of the plant, the largest in Europe, fueling fears of #x27;a nuclear disaster.
An IAEA mission arrived on Thursday to assess the situation and the risks.
Ukraine and its Western backers accuse Russia of using the plant to store heavy weapons in order to shield them from possible Ukrainian strikes.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu denied on Friday that Russia has any such weapons at or near the plant, and he accused Ukraine of nuclear terrorism due to its attacks on the facility.
A representative of the Russian-installed authorities in Zaporizhia said the situation was calm Saturday morning at the nuclear power plant.