The press service of the Energodar administration announced that the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was bombed and the fire that broke out as a result of the attack.
“Two power lines supplying electricity to an open switchgear with a capacity of 750 kW, necessary to ensure the energy and safe operation of the power units of the Zaporozhye NPP, were cut off,” the report says.
According to preliminary information, there was no loss of life or property. Firefighters are working at the scene, but they cannot start localization because the cut lines are energized. “The leadership of the CAA of the city of Energodar and the Zaporozhye region is taking all possible measures to normalize the work of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant as soon as possible,” the administration said.
A little later, the Armed Forces of Ukraine dealt a second blow to the power plant.
“Two hours after the first attack from the opposite bank of the Dnieper, repeated artillery shelling of the ZNPP was carried out. This time the nationalists managed to achieve their goal, cannonballs hit the industrial site of the nuclear power plant, ”she wrote. Telegram Vladimir Rogov, the main councilor of the administration of the Zaporozhye region.
“The nature and extent of the damage caused as a result of Ukrainian military crime is being determined,” he said.
In addition, Ukrainian troops launched an artillery attack on a residential area in the city of Energodar, and civilian infrastructure was damaged. “Eight garages and three cars were damaged. In addition, the power transmission line suitable for the Luch substation was damaged, two micro-regions were completely de-energized. Information about the victims among the civilian population continues to be clarified, the Energodarsky Svyazny Telegram channel reported.
“The responsibility falls on the Kyiv regime”
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that a total of 20 152 mm caliber bullets were fired on the territory of the city. A unit of the 45th Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire on the station and nearby areas from firing positions near the village of Marganets.
“As a result of the bombardment in the city of Energodar, the electricity and water supply is partially absent, part of the equipment of the power unit No. 3 was de-energized at the nuclear power plant, and the generated power of the No.1 power unit was reduced by the 4. Also, damage to the hydrogen pipeline caused a hydrogen flare fire at the hydrogen station,” he said.
“Fortunately” Ukrainian shells did not hit nearby oil and oil facilities and an oxygen station, thus preventing a larger fire and possible radiation accident.
“The particular cynicism regarding this provocation of the Kyiv regime arises from the fact that it was carried out during the holding of an international conference on the functioning of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York under the auspices of the United Nations. We call on the International Organizations of Nuclear Weapons to condemn the murderous acts of the Zelensky regime, which carried out acts of nuclear terrorism. In the event of further provocations at the nuclear power plant, the entire responsibility for the interruption of its work rests entirely with the Kyiv regime, ”the statement said.
“The situation is extremely dangerous”
Zaporozhye officials will document the new facts of the attack on the power plant and transfer all collected evidence to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“We see that the number of attacks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces against the Zaporozhye NPP today is in the tens, if we take attack aircraft, artillery and MLRS. Either the IAEA must intervene or we face real disaster. This is their area of responsibility and they need to assess what is going on, ”called Rogov.
A day earlier, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said the situation at the nuclear power plant was “totally out of control” and the station was operating with breaches. The organization also has no affiliation with the employees of the business.
“All principles regarding the safe operation of nuclear power plants have been violated. “The risks are very serious, the situation is extremely dangerous,” he said. “As an international social worker, as the head of an international organization, I ask both parties to give their authority. [наш] visit,” he added.
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian side was ready To assist the IAEA representatives to visit the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, but the UN Secretariat did not agree on this.
“We agreed on the dates of the visit – the end of June, which guarantees the maximum degree of security for the members of the delegation, by providing the complex logistics of this trip. However, just days before the planned arrival of the IAEA delegation, the UN Secretariat refused to approve this visit. <...> “We are confident that Kiev was initially interested in disrupting this mission in order to avoid negative assessments by the IAEA that the station was operating normally,” said Igor Vishnevetsky, deputy director of the Department of Arms Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. its version.
“It will look like Chernobyl”
After the bombardment of the Russian Foreign Ministry today warnedHe said that the disaster at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant would be similar to Chernobyl if it happened.
“The situation is extremely worrying, fraught with a man-made disaster at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. This disaster will look like Chernobyl if there is an accident there,” said Vishnevetsky.
“We want to call on international organizations, especially the UN and IAEA, and countries that have influence on the Kyiv regime, to take action to stop the bombing of the nuclear power plant as soon as possible,” he said.
Zaporozhye NPP previously produced a quarter of all electricity in Ukraine. It consists of six power units and is the largest in Europe. It has been part of Energoatom, controlled by Ukraine, since 1996. Russian forces have been controlling the nuclear power plant since March 2022.