Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine could be shut down if Ukrainian forces continue shelling the facility, which Kyiv has denied, Reuters reported.
In a briefing, Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s radiological, chemical and biological defense forces, said the plant’s back-up support systems had been damaged as a result of the bombing. Kirillov said that in the event of an accident at the plant, radioactive material would affect Germany, Poland and Slovakia.
It is recalled that the Zaporizhia factory was seized by Russian forces in March. It remains close to the front lines and has been repeatedly shelled in recent weeks. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the strikes at the plant.