Last update: 05 Aug 2022, 22:56 IST
Ukraine on Friday accused Russian forces of attacking a nuclear reactor at the Zaporizhia power plant in the southeastern part of the country, which has been occupied since the early days of the invasion.
“Three strikes were reported at the plant site, near one of the power blocks containing the reactor,” Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-run operator of the country’s nuclear power plants, said in a statement.
“There are dangers of hydrogen leaks and radioactive fallout. Fire risk is high,” initially saying no casualties were reported.
World nuclear watchdog the IAEA has been trying to send a team to inspect the plant for weeks. Ukraine has so far rejected these efforts, which it says would legitimize Russia’s occupation of the site in the eyes of the international community.
The Zaporizhia plant in southeastern Ukraine is the largest in Europe. Russian forces took control of it in March after launching an offensive in late February.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Moscow of “using the plant as a military base to fire on the Ukrainians, because they could accidentally drop a nuclear… reactor or highly radioactive waste so they can’t fire and not fire back.” .in storage”
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