Ukraine accused Russia on Sunday of bombing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant again. ZaporizhiaAnd he called for the imposition of new international sanctions on Moscow because of “nuclear terrorism.”
Ukraine’s state nuclear power company said Russian forces damaged three radiation sensors at the facility in renewed shelling on Saturday night, wounding a worker with shrapnel.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote: “Russian nuclear terrorism requires a stronger response from the international community – sanctions against the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel.” Twitter.
The factory, located in Russian-controlled territory, was also bombed on Friday. Moscow holds Ukrainian forces responsible for the strikes.
Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatum said recent Russian missile attacks hit the plant’s dry storage facility, where 174 containers of spent nuclear fuel were stored in the open air.
“As a result, timely detection and response in the event of a deterioration in the radiological situation or radiation leakage from spent nuclear fuel containers is not yet possible,” she added.
In a statement carried by the Interfax news agency, the Russian administration in occupied Enerhodar, where the plant’s employees live, said that Ukraine was struck using the Uragan system of 220 mm multiple rocket launchers.
It added that “administrative buildings and land adjacent to the storage facility were damaged.”
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday’s bombing showed the risks of a nuclear catastrophe. Those shells hit a high-voltage power line, causing the plant’s operators to disconnect a reactor even though no radiation leak was detected.
The Zaporizhzhya plant was captured by Russian forces in early March in the first phase of the war but it is still managed by Ukrainian technicians.