Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom said a high-voltage power line at its Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was hit by Russian bombing, but the plant is still operating.

This nuclear plant, considered the largest in Europe, located approximately 200 km northwest of the Russian-occupied port city of Mariupol, is in an area also under the control of Russian forces since early March.

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Three “arrivals” were recorded near the industrial area of ​​the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as a result of the bombings by the Russian invaders, writes Energoatom on Telegram, referring to three shells that fell in that area, according to the Unian news agency.

A high-voltage power line of the 330 kV GRP autotransformer of the Zaporizhia plant was damaged, according to the cited press agency.

Energoatom’s statement comes shortly after the Russian administration of the occupied Ukrainian city of Enerhodar said that Ukrainian shells hit the plant’s power lines and industrial buildings, Reuters notes.

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The Russian Interfax news agency, citing the administration installed by Russian forces in the city of Enerhodar, reported that a fire had broken out inside the plant and that there had been deficiencies in ensuring the safe operation of the plant’s reactors due to damage to two power lines.

“Two power lines were damaged, which supplied a distribution equipment with a power of 750 kilowatts, necessary for the safe operation of the energy blocks of the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye”, informed the pro-Russian administration of the city of Enerhodar, quoted by Interfax.

The attack started a fire that local firefighters are trying to put out.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Monday of using the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as a military base to launch attacks “knowing that (the Ukrainians) cannot and will not retaliate because they could hit a nuclear reactor or highly radioactive waste”.

Russian forces have repeatedly accused Ukrainian troops of launching drones at the plant, where the Russians have actually set up their positions, according to Kiev.

On July 20, the pro-Russian military administration in Enerhodar accused the Ukrainian army of carrying out four kamikaze drone attacks against the energy facility. The administration of Enerhodar reported that the reactor hall of the nuclear power plant was not damaged, but indicated that 11 employees were injured, four of them seriously, according to EFE.

Source: Agerpres

Tags: Zaporozhye, shells, Russia, Ukraine,

Publication date: 08-05-2022 20:52

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