The incessant strikes around the installation are already raising fears of a disaster
Ukrainian troops shelled a residential area in the town of Energodar on Sunday, a member of the local administration, Vladimir Rogov, reported in a Telegram article. A 49-year-old local resident was killed in the strike, he added. Energodar is home to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest such facility in Europe.
The man was walking his dog when the shelling began, according to Rogov. A 24-year-old woman was also injured in the attack, he said, adding that she had been taken to hospital. The Ukrainian strike also targeted an area near the city’s thermal power plant, where the shelling caused a fire near the facility, the official said.
Moscow has repeatedly accused Ukraine of bombing Russia’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant over the past week. On Thursday, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya told the Security Council that a nuclear disaster could occur “at any moment” in the middle of the “reckless” bombardment of the factory by forces from kyiv.
“kyiv’s criminal attacks on nuclear infrastructure are pushing the world to the brink of a nuclear disaster that would rival that of Chernobyl,” Nebenzya said at that time.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also expressed concern about the development of the plant and suggested sending an IAEA mission to the site to assess the situation. The initiative was welcomed by Moscow.
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kyiv, in turn, accused Russia of targeting the plant in an alleged plot to discredit Ukraine – a charge that Moscow dismissed saying it had no reason to target its own troops.
Washington, meanwhile, sided with kyiv in its demand for a demilitarized zone around the nuclear plant and the withdrawal of Russian troops controlling the area.