Ukraine and Russia are again blaming each other for the attacks on Zaporozhye

Zaporozhye / Photo Andrey BORODULIN / AFP / Profimedia

Kyiv and Moscow today again blamed each other for the attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, which was occupied by the Russian army and which has been the target of attacks for a week.

"Limit your presence on the streets of Energodar!" We received information about new provocations by the occupiers," the Ukrainian nuclear energy agency Energoatom announced on Telegram, relaying the message from the local leader of the city where the nuclear power plant is located, who is loyal to Kyiv.

"According to the testimonies of the residents, there are ongoing bombings in the direction of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant... The interval between the firing of the grenades and the impact is three to five seconds," the message added.

The occupation authorities installed by Russia in the zones it occupied in the area accused Ukrainian forces of being responsible for the attacks, Hina reports.

"Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant are again under fire from Zelensky's militants," Vladimir Rogov, a member of the pro-Russian military and civil administration, announced on Telegram.

The missiles fell "in the zones located on the banks of the Dnieper and in the power plant," he said, without giving information on casualties or damage.

The Dnieper separates the Russian-controlled zones from the Ukrainian-controlled zones.

Due to the attack on Zaporozhye, the UN Security Council met on Thursday.

In the first attacks on August 5, the transformer of the high-voltage transmission line was hit, which caused the third reactor to automatically shut down and the backup generators to start.

The pumping station and devices for measuring radiation levels were damaged in Thursday's attacks.

The Ukrainian authorities demand the demilitarization of the zone and the withdrawal of Russian troops. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Russia for carrying out "nuclear blackmail".

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