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Ukrainian nuclear power company says Russians bombed nuclear plant area

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Ukrainian nuclear power company says Russians bombed nuclear plant area

Ukrainian officials said Russian forces had bombed areas around the nuclear plant near the town of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Ukrainian nuclear power operator Energoatom said Russian forces had bombed a power station, and the city is now virtually without power.

“The water harvesting station is also not working – there is no water in the city,” Energoatom said on Telegram.

Energoatom also claimed that Russian rocket fire hit the territory of the nuclear plant.

“Three hits were recorded directly at the station site,” Energoatom said, claiming that one was “near one of the power units where the nuclear reactor is located.”

“The danger of fire is high. There are currently no casualties,” she said.

It is not possible to confirm Energoatom’s claims of damage at or near the plant, which occupies a large site. Much of the recent Russian fire in the area originated near the plant and was directed towards the Ukrainian city of Nikopol, across the Dnipro River.

Energoatom said: “Ukrainian staff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is on site and carries out all measures to ensure nuclear and radiation safety and eliminate the consequences of damage.”

Earlier on Friday, the British Defense Ministry echoed accusations by the Ukrainian military that Russian forces were using the nuclear plant to fire on military positions across the river, but other Western officials played down the danger.

A complex situation: International Atomic Energy Agency director general Rafael Grossi told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the situation at the plant was “completely out of control”.

Russia seized the plant, which is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, in the early days of the war on March 5. A week later, on March 12, a team of employees and technicians from Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom arrived on site to help manage the plant and help with repairs, according to Energoatom.

The situation at the factory has remained complex ever since, with Ukrainian and Russian employees working side by side. Communications between the plant and the IAEA have been intermittent.

Source: CNN Brasil

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