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War in Ukraine: both sides again accuse each other of shooting at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

2022-08-13T15:09:29.848Z

Concern is growing in Ukraine where the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, occupied by the Russians for months, is very regularly



This is a very dangerous “game” that Ukraine and Russia are playing.

kyiv and Moscow again exchanged charges on Saturday of shooting at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, occupied by Russia and targeted several times for a week.

“Limit your presence in the streets of Energodar!

We have received information about new provocations from the Russian occupiers, Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom said on Telegram, republishing the message from a local leader of Energodar - the city in which the plant is located - who remained loyal in Kyiv.

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"According to the testimonies of the inhabitants, shelling is again in progress in the direction of the nuclear power plant of Zaporijjia (…) The interval between the departure and the arrival of the shots is 3-5 seconds", adds the message.

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

Damaged radioactivity measurement sensors

“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 located on the banks of the Dnieper and in the power plant", he said, without reporting any casualties or damage.

The Dnieper River

(Dnipro in Ukrainian)

separates areas in Russian hands from those controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

Several bombings of which the two parties accuse each other have targeted the Zaporijjia power plant since last week, raising fears of a nuclear disaster and provoking a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.

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The first strikes, on August 5, notably hit a high-voltage power line transformer, causing the automatic shutdown of reactor No. 3 of Europe's largest nuclear power plant and the start-up of its emergency generators.

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

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

Source: leparis

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