The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant near the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar, controlled by Russia.
One of the reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, under the control of Russian forces, has been stopped, the Ukrainian atomic energy company announced on Saturday, after strikes for which kyiv and Moscow accuse each other .
Following the attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the emergency protection system was triggered on one of the three reactors in working condition, which turned off, Energoatom announced in a message on Telegram.
According to this source, the shelling seriously damaged a station which contains nitrogen and oxygen as well as an auxiliary building. There are still risks of leaking hydrogen and radioactive substances, and the risk of fire is also high, she said.
“The bombardment […] caused a serious risk to the safe operation of the plant.
— Energoatom, Ukraine's national nuclear power generation company
The company, however, indicated that it continues to generate electricity and that Ukrainian personnel continue to work there.< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been under the control of Russian forces since the beginning of the war.
The European Union condemns Russia's irresponsible breach of nuclear security rules with military activities around Ukraine's Zaporizhia power plant, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borell said on Saturday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday accused the Russian army of having twice struck the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, in the south, although Moscow has controlled this territory since the beginning of the #x27;invasion.
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For their part, the Russian military claimed that Ukrainian forces were behind the strikes, which caused a fire that was extinguished .
On July 21, Russia had already accused Ukrainian forces of having struck with a drone on the territory of this nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.
kyiv also assures that Moscow is storing heavy weapons and ammunition on the territory of the power plant, which has been occupied since March by Russian forces.