Ukraine again accuses Russia of shelling a nuclear plant

ISLAMABAD, Aug 09 (Alliance News): Ukraine has accused Russia of again shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, and called on Moscow to impose new international sanctions on “nuclear terrorism”.

According to foreign media, the state-owned nuclear power company of Ukraine says that the Russian army fired again on Saturday night, damaging three radiation sensors of the installation, which also injured an official.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter that the international community’s response to Russian nuclear terrorism requires strict sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel.

A plant in Russian-held territory was also shelled on Friday, with Moscow blaming Ukrainian forces for the attacks.

Ukrainian nuclear company Energotum said Russian rocket attacks hit the plant’s storage drying facility where 174 containers of nuclear fuel were stored in the open air.

As a result, timely detection and response in the event of a breakdown in the radiation situation or radiation leakage from nuclear fuel containers is still not possible, the company said.

In a statement released by the Interfax news agency, the Russian-installed administration of occupied Enruder said that Ukraine attacked the 220 mm Uragun using multiple rocket launcher systems.

The rocket attacks damaged the administration buildings and the adjacent area of ​​the storage facility, the statement said.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday’s shelling posed the threat of a nuclear meltdown because the shells hit a high-voltage power line that would have prevented the plant’s operators from detecting a radioactive leak. However, one reactor has been forced to shut down.

The Zaporizhia plant was captured by Russian forces in March in the early stages of the war but is still operated by Ukrainian technicians.


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