Ukraine’s state nuclear power company says that Russian forces opened fire at the Zaporizhzhia energy plant, raising the risk of fire and radioactive substance leaks.
Energoatom said in a Telegram post on Friday that Russian forces opened fire twice within a matter of hours against the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, located on the Dnipro River in a southern region that has seen heavy fighting during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking the plant, international monitors now worry that the conflict will produce a nuclear disaster.
The second round of shots came in the form of rocket-propelled grenades that struck Zaporizhzhia “near one of the power units where the nuclear reactor is located,” Energoatom said in its post. The attack seriously damaged the plant’s nitrogen-oxygen station and “combined auxiliary building.”