Kyiv accuses Russia of strike on southern nuclear plant

AFP , Monday 19 Sep 2022

Ukraine's nuclear energy agency Energoatom on Monday accused Moscow's troops of an attack on the country's second largest nuclear plant in the south.

Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant
This satellite image shows the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, in the southern Mykolaiv region of Ukraine, May 31, 2022. AP


The accusations come after the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine -- Europe's largest atomic facility -- faced frequent shelling in recent months, raising fears of a nuclear incident.

On Monday, "the Russian army carried out a missile attack on the industrial site" of the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, Energoatom said in a post on the Telegram messaging service.

It added that a "powerful explosion" took place "just 300 metres" (985 feet) from the facility's reactors but they were operating as "normal".

The strike damaged more than a hundred windows of the power station's building, the nuclear agency said, posting photos of glass shattered around the broken windows.

The agency also released photographs of what it said was a two-metre-deep crater from where the missile landed.

"Fortunately, no one among the power plant staff was hurt," Energoatom said.

"Russia endangers the whole world. We have to stop it before it's too late" Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram, reacting to the strike.

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