Russians bombarded the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Yuzhnoukrainsk in Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv region early on Monday. Fortunately, its reactors have not been damaged and are working normally, Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom said.
A blast took place 300 metres away from the reactors and damaged buildings adjacent to the power plant shortly after midnight, Energoatom said in a statement. The attack has also damaged a nearby hydroelectric power plant and transmission lines.
Russian rocket strike today fell 300 meters away from a nuclear reactor of Yuzhnoukrainsk nuclear power plant (Mykolaiv region, South of 🇺🇦).
A building was damaged, elements of the energy complex were turned off.
All nuclear reactors are functioning normally.
📹: @ZelenskyyUa pic.twitter.com/HuZu1NP1VK
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) September 19, 2022
“Currently, all three power units of the PNPP (Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant) are operating normally. Fortunately, there were no casualties among the station staff,” Energoatom said.
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The state nuclear company published two photographs showing a crater it said was caused by the blast. In one of the images, a man stood in the crater to give a sense of its size.
“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,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a statement on Telegram.
The Mykolaiv region has been under constant rocket attack by Russian forces in recent weeks.
Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
Another Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which lies about 250 km east of PNPP, was shut down earlier this month due to Russian shelling, prompting concerns about a possible nuclear disaster.
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Ukraine’s Energy Ministry reported that around 18,800 consumers in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv oblasts have regained power. However, around 793,300 consumers remain cut off due to hostilities.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 19, 2022
Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for shelling the Zaporizhzhia plant, which is held by Russian forces but operated by Ukrainian staff. The shelling has damaged buildings and disrupted power lines.
The UN nuclear watchdog said this weekend one of the four main power lines at the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility had been repaired and was once again supplying the plant with electricity from the Ukrainian grid.
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