Russia Says Ukraine Renews Shelling of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

The IAEA didn't attribute blame for the strikes on the Russian-controlled plant but called them 'extremely disturbing'

Russia on Sunday said that Ukrainian forces renewed the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) in Russian-controlled southern Ukraine.

Ukraine accused Russia of being behind the attacks, but the ZNPP has been under Russian control since March. Renat Karchaa, an advisor to the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom, said there was Ukrainian shelling on the plant on Saturday and Sunday.

“They not only shelled yesterday, they are shelling today, shelling right now. As of now, about 15 hits at nuclear power plant facilities have been recorded. Any artillery strikes on the nuclear plant put nuclear safety at risk,” he said, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.

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The Russian military said in a statement that despite the shelling, radiation levels remained normal at the plant. The statement accused Ukraine of trying to create “the threat of a man-made catastrophe” at the ZNPP.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that there were strikes at the ZNPP on Sunday, calling them “extremely disturbing,” but didn’t attribute blame. “Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately. As I have said many times before, you’re playing with fire!” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said in a statement.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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