As a result of Friday’s shelling, there was “serious damage” to some objects of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in the southeast of Ukraine. This was stated on Saturday by the operator of this power plant, the Ukrainian state enterprise Enerhoatom. Both Moscow and Kyiv blame each other for the shelling of this largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which caused the shutdown of one of the reactors. In this context, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of nuclear terrorism. The European Union also blamed Russia for the shelling of the power plant. According to Enerhoatom’s statement on Saturday, quoted by the AFP agency, there was “serious damage” to the station with nitrogen and oxygen storage tanks and another auxiliary facility. The power line cable was also damaged, as a result of which one of the reactors stopped working. “There is also a risk that there will be a leak of hydrogen and radioactive substances, and there is also a high risk of fire,” warned Enerhoatom on the Telegram social network. According to him, the shelling caused a “serious threat to the safe operation of the power plant”. The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has been occupied by Russian invasion forces since March, and Kiev claims that they have concentrated heavy military equipment in its area.
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