KIEV – Russian troops attacked the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region early Monday, but its reactors were not damaged and are operating normally, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company Energoatom said.
An explosion took place a few meters from the reactors just after midnight, damaging power plant buildings, Energoatom said in a statement. The attack also damaged a nearby hydroelectric power station and transmission lines.
“Currently, all three power plants of the PNPP (Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant) are operating normally. Fortunately, there were no casualties among the station staff,” Energoatom said.
It released two photos showing a crater said to have been caused by the blast. In one of the pictures, a man was standing in the crater to get an idea of its size.
Commenting on the strike on the messaging app Telegram, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “The invaders wanted to shoot again, but they forgot what a nuclear power plant is. Russia endangers the whole world. We have to stop it before it’s too late.”
There was no immediate Russian response to Ukraine’s allegations.
The Mykolayiv region has been under constant missile attack by Russian forces in recent weeks.
Another Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia – the largest in Europe and located about 250 kilometers east of the Mykolaiv site – was shut down due to Russian shelling earlier this month, raising concerns about a possible nuclear catastrophe.
Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling the Zaporizhia plant, held by Russian forces but run by Ukrainian personnel. The shelling damaged buildings and cut power lines.
The UN nuclear watchdog said this weekend that one of the four main power lines at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been repaired, bringing the plant back to power from Ukraine’s grid.
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