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Following the attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the emergency protection system was triggered on one of the three working reactors, which shut downannounced Energyatom in a message on Telegram.

According to this source, the bombings badly damaged a station that contains nitrogen and oxygen as well as a auxiliary building. There are still risks of leaking hydrogen and radioactive substances, and the risk of fire is also highdid she say.

The bombardment […] caused a serious risk to the safe operation of the plant. »

A quote from Energyatomthe national nuclear power generation company of Ukraine

The company, however, indicated that it continues to produce electricity and that Ukrainian staff continue to work there.

A Russian soldier stands guard outside the second reactor of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been under the control of Russian forces since the start of the war.

Photo: Getty Images / ANDREY BORODULIN

irresponsible violationsaid theEU

The European Union condemns the irresponsible violation nuclear security rules by Russia with the military activities carried out around the Ukrainian power plant in Zaporizhia, declared on Saturday the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borell.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday accused the Russian military of striking the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant twicein the south, although Moscow has controlled this territory since the beginning of the invasion.

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For its part, the Russian army claimed that Ukrainian forces were behind the strikes, which caused a fire that was extinguished.

On July 21, Russia had already accused Ukrainian forces of having struck with a drone on the territory of this nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.

kyiv also assures that Moscow is storing heavy weapons and ammunition on the territory of the power plant, occupied since March by Russian forces.

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