Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – Times of India

Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant - Times of India

New Delhi: Russia Nuclear Power Corporation, Rosatomalleged. Army of Ukraine to launch an attack on the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. The UN nuclear watchdog has called for an immediate stop to such incidents. According to Rosatom, three crew members were injured, one of whom is in critical condition. Both Russian authorities and the International Atomic Energy Agency have confirmed that radiation levels are normal and damage is not severe.
However, one Ukrainian intelligence official Kiev has denied any involvement and suggested the attacks were carried out by the Russians themselves.
The Zaporizhzhia plant, the largest in Europe, was taken over by Russian soldiers In the early stages of the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Both sides have exchanged accusations of attacks on the plant, raising fears of a possible nuclear meltdown.
Rosatom reported that the plant was hit by multiple attacks, including a drone attack on the dome of the sixth reactor. The Corporation strongly condemned the attacks and called for immediate action from the IAEA and the European Union.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova urged world leaders to condemn “nuclear terrorism” at the plant. He criticized the Ukrainian military and President Volodymyr Zelenskyi for repeatedly targeting the installation.
In response, Andriy Asov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s HUR Main Intelligence Directorate, denied any involvement and blamed the attacks on the plant on the Russians.
The IAEA, which has experts on site, confirmed a single fatality and underlined the seriousness of the incident. The head of the agency, Rafael Grossi, expressed concern over direct attacks on the plant’s critical infrastructure.
The Zaporizhzhia plant has six reactors with Soviet-designed technology and contains uranium-235. While some reactors are in shutdown mode for maintenance, others continue to operate. T
The incident has raised alarm bells about the safety and integrity of the plant’s containment system. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation to prevent further escalation.

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