Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing nuclear power plant again

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The factory was seized by Russian troops in March. (representative)

Kyiv:

Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom accused Russia on Wednesday of attacking the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine again.

“Russian terrorists bombed the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant again overnight,” Energoatom said on Telegram.

The strike damaged a power line, shutting down several transformers of the plant’s reactor number six and forcing a brief start of emergency generators, Energoatom said.

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“Even the presence of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does not stop the Russians,” it said, calling on the agency for “resolute action” against Moscow.

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located in Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine, has become a hot spot for concerns after tit-for-tat claims of attacks there.

The factory was seized by Russian forces in March and shelling around the facility has sparked calls from Kiev and its Western allies to demilitarize areas around nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

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Early in the war, fighting erupted around Chernobyl to the north, where an explosion in 1986 polluted parts of the surrounding area.

French President Emmanuel Macron this month urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to withdraw heavy weapons from the Zaporizhzhya region, while the Russian leader warned of the possible “catastrophic” consequences of the fighting there.

An IAEA monitoring team was deployed there at the beginning of September.

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Russia was accused on Monday of bombing a third nuclear power plant, the Pivdennoukrainsk plant in the southern region of Mykolaiv.

Moscow is stepping up “nuclear blackmail,” the plant’s director said after the strike left a large crater seen by UKTN journalists hundreds of yards from the plant.

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