Russia says that Ukraine tried to destroy a nuclear power plant

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MOSCOW, April 8 (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday that Ukraine had endangered European nuclear security by attacking the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station with a drone which was shot down over a reactor.
Ukraine has denied it is behind a series of drone attacks on the plant over the past 48 hours, including three drone attacks on Sunday, which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said had endangered nuclear safety.
The plant, run by a unit of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said Ukraine’s armed forces attacked the plant on Monday with a “kamikaze drone”.
“It is dangerous, dangerous for the station, dangerous for the surrounding territory and potentially dangerous for all of humanity,” Yuri Chernichuk, the Russian-installed director of the nuclear power plant, told Reuters.
“No nuclear reactor was made to be in the centre of fighting,” he said.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has six Soviet-designed VVER-1000 V-320 water-cooled and water-moderated reactors containing Uranium 235.
“This is a major escalation of the nuclear safety and security dangers facing the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.
“Attacking a nuclear power plant is an absolute no go,” Grossi said.

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MOSCOW, April 8 (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday that Ukraine had put nuclear security in Europe at risk when it used a drone that was shot down over a reactor to attack the nuclear power plant under Russian control, Zaporizhzhia.

In the last 48 hours, there have been several drone attacks on the plant; the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that three of these attacks on Sunday put nuclear safety at risk. Ukraine has denied being the cause of these attacks.

According to the plant, which is owned by a branch of the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, the Ukrainian armed forces attacked it on Monday using a “kamikaze drone.”. Shot down over the plant, it landed on reactor No. 1’s roof. 6.

According to Yuri Chernichuk, the nuclear power plant’s director who was installed by Russia, “it is dangerous, dangerous for the station, dangerous for the surrounding territory, and potentially dangerous for all of humanity.”.

He declared, “No nuclear reactor was designed to be in the middle of a conflict.”.

According to Rosatom, Ukraine launched three drone attacks against the plant on Sunday, injuring three people close to a canteen, a cargo area, and the dome above reactor No. Six.

Such drone strikes by the Ukrainians, according to the Kremlin, are exceedingly risky and could have very serious repercussions.

The strikes on the station, according to a Ukrainian intelligence official, were the direct result of Russian activity and had nothing to do with Kyiv.

Six water-cooled, water-moderated, VVER-1000 V-320 Soviet-designed reactors carrying uranium 235 can be found at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

According to the IAEA, three drone strikes were verified by its experts on Sunday. It stated that Russian troops shot down an incoming drone on Sunday before a reactor building explosion occurred, but it did not assign blame for the attack.

Regarding Monday’s attack, it has not yet made any public remarks.

The risks to nuclear safety and security at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant have significantly increased as a result. Rafael Grossi, the director general of the IAEA, said in a statement that “such reckless attacks must cease immediately as they significantly increase the risk of a major nuclear accident.”.

“There is no way that you should attack a nuclear power plant,” stated Grossi.

Shortly after their full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russian forces seized control of the plant.

Attacking the plant would put nuclear accidents at risk, as both Moscow and Kiev have repeatedly charged one another. Reuters was unable to confirm battlefield reports from either side right away.

Reuters provided the reporting; Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan edited it.

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Guy oversees coverage of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States as head of the Moscow bureau. Guy served as the head of the London bureau for Brexit coverage prior to moving to Moscow (2012–2022). His team broke the news of Brexit to the world and the financial markets first, contributing to one of Reuters’ historic victories on the night of Brexit. After completing his studies at the London School of Economics, Guy began working at Bloomberg as an intern. His coverage of the former Soviet Union spans more than 14 years. He’s fluent in Russian.

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