Ukraine and Russia again accuse each other of firing at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Ukraine and Russia again accuse each other of firing at Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been under the control of Russian forces since March 4.

Kyiv and Moscow on Saturday again exchanged accusations of firing on the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the largest in Europe, occupied by Russia and targeted several times for a week.

Limit your presence on the streets of Energodar! We have received reports of new provocations by the Russian occupiers, Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom said on Telegram, which reposted the message from a local leader of Energodar – a city where find the power plant – remained loyal to Kyiv.

According to the testimonies of the inhabitants, bombardments are again in progress in the direction of the nuclear power plant of Zaporizhia […]. The interval between the start and arrival of the shots is three to five seconds, the message adds.

For their part, the occupation authorities installed by Russia in the areas it occupies in the Zaporizhia region unsurprisingly accused Ukrainian forces of being behind the firing.

Energodar and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are again under fire from militants [of Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, a member of the pro-Russian military and civil administration, Vladimir Rogov, said on Telegram.

The projectiles fell in areas on the banks of the Dnieper and in the power plant, he said without reporting casualties or damage.

The Dnieper River separates the areas in Russian hands from those controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

Several bombardments for which the two parties mutually accuse each other have targeted the Zaporizhia power plant from the last week, raising fears of a nuclear disaster and prompting a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.

The first strikes, which occurred on August 5, in particular hit a high-voltage power line transformer, which led to the automatic shutdown of reactor No. 3 of Europe's largest nuclear power plant and the start of its emergency generators.

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The latest strikes, which occurred on Thursday, damaged a pumping station and sensors for measuring radioactivity.

The Ukrainian authorities, supported by their Western allies, call for the demilitarization of the area and the withdrawal of troops r usses who have occupied the site since March, Volodymyr Zelensky denouncing Russian nuclear blackmail.

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