Russia says Ukraine nuclear plant has broken water pipe

Russia said that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine was shelled, damaging a water pipeline there.

The Russian Defense Ministry said today that a large artillery shell damaged a water pipeline at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, but did not provide further details on the damage.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s nuclear energy agency Energoatom on the same day accused Russian forces of attacking the Zaporizhzhia plant, damaging a power line, causing some transformers of the 6 reactor to stop working and having to restart. operate emergency generators.





Part of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Ukraine, on September 1.  Photo: AFP.

Part of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Ukraine, on September 1. Image: AFP.

Energoatom also called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to take “more decisive action” against the Russian side. The agency said that even the presence of IAEA inspectors at the plant did not prevent Russia’s actions.

Both Russia and Ukraine have not yet responded to accusations of shelling from each other.

Russian forces have controlled the Zaporizhzhia plant in southern Ukraine since March, but the facility is still operated by Ukrainian technical staff. The plant is capable of supplying electricity to 4 million households.

Recent shelling has occurred around the Zaporizhzhia plant, raising fears of a nuclear accident similar to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for these attacks. .





Location of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.  Graphics: Washington Post.

Location of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Graphics: Washington Post.

Ngoc Anh (Theo AFP/Reuters)

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