RT looked into the aftermath of the bombing of Europe’s largest nuclear facility
RT visited the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, seeing firsthand the consequences of the bombing of the facility by Ukrainian forces.
Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was seized by Russian forces in late February. Russian National Guard and nuclear, biological and chemical defense troops provide security for the facility as the plant continues to operate with Ukrainian personnel.
Kyiv troops fired at the factory and the nearby town of Energodar from the site opposite the large Kakhovka water reservoir, the Russian Defense Ministry said earlier.
Falling shells have damaged the facades of some buildings, while missile parts are still stuck in the ground. One of the water pumping stations was hit, but continues to operate as most of the equipment is hidden underground.
“This [impact] A crater near the cleaning facilities was created last Saturday due to shelling by Ukrainian forces,” Reporting by RT’s Alexey Repin. “Literally 150 yards from here in the factory’s fifth power unit, and it’s still running, just around the corner.”
“At the moment, the radiation at the station, as well as in the surrounding areas, is within the norms. The bombardments mainly affected auxiliary equipment, hydrogen and oxygen installations”, a member of Russia’s nuclear defense troops told RT. “We are trying to repair the damage as soon as possible, so that the nuclear power plant does not have to shut down.”
Nevertheless, Moscow has repeatedly warned that the bombings could render the plant inoperable or cause a nuclear disaster similar to Chernobyl in 1986. The bombings had already caused several fires and power cuts at the plant this month, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. .
Evidence of Ukrainian bombing of Zaporozhye provided to UN
Russian officials have urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to send inspectors there as soon as possible.
Ukrainian and American officials have accused Russia of bombing the factory and using it as cover for its soldiers.
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