Ukraine says Russian missile hit near nuclear power plant

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Kyiv, Ukraine — A Russian missile strike Monday struck a facility close to a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, causing no damage to the reactors but damaging other industrial equipment in what the country’s nuclear power operator denounced as an act of “nuclear terrorism”.

Energoatom, which operates Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said the strike Monday morning hit an industrial complex, including the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in the southern Mykolaiv region.

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Energoatom said the rocket struck just 300 meters (yards) from the plant, causing an explosion that shattered more than 100 windows on buildings in the complex.

The attack also caused a nearby hydroelectric plant to be temporarily shut down, but did not affect the nuclear power plant’s reactors, Energoatom said, calling the strike an act of “nuclear terrorism.”

The Russian Defense Ministry had no immediate comment on the attack.

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The Pivdennoukrainsk plant, also known as the Southern Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, is located on the southern Bug River and is about 300 kilometers (190 miles) south of the capital Kiev. It is the second largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine with three reactors.

The Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, has been occupied by Russian forces since the early days of the invasion and came under repeated fire, cutting transmission lines and eventually forcing the operators to shut down the plant to prevent a radiation disaster. to prevent. Russia and Ukraine have taken the blame for the shelling.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, which has observers at its Zaporizhzhya plant, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the attack.

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