KYIV — Russian troops struck the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear energy plant in Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv area early Monday however its reactors haven’t been broken and are working usually, Ukraine’s state nuclear firm Energoatom stated.
A blast passed off yards away from the reactors and broken energy plant buildings shortly after midnight, Energoatom stated in a press release. The assault has additionally broken a close-by hydroelectric energy plant and transmission strains.
“At the moment, all three energy items of the PNPP (Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Energy Plant) are working usually. Happily, there have been no casualties among the many station employees,” Energoatom stated.
It revealed two pictures displaying a crater it stated was brought on by the blast. In one of many footage, a person stood within the crater to present a way of its measurement.
Commenting on the strike on the Telegram messaging app, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated: “The invaders wished to shoot once more, however they forgot what a nuclear energy plant is. Russia endangers the entire world. Now we have to cease it earlier than it’s too late.”
There was no instant Russian response to Ukraine’s accusations.
The Mykolaiv area has been underneath fixed rocket assault by Russian forces in current weeks.
One other Ukrainian nuclear energy plant at Zaporizhzhia — which is Europe’s largest and lies about 155 miles east of the Mykolaiv website — was shut down earlier this month attributable to Russian shelling, prompting issues a few doable nuclear catastrophe.
Russia and Ukraine have blamed one another for shelling on the Zaporizhzhia plant, which is held by Russian forces however operated by Ukrainian employees. The shelling has broken buildings and disrupted energy strains.
The UN nuclear watchdog stated this weekend one of many 4 essential energy strains on the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility had been repaired and was as soon as once more supplying the plant with electrical energy from the Ukrainian grid.