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Risks of disaster at nuclear plant increasing each day: Mayor

The other day, the facility in Ukraine came under repeated fire, with Kyiv and Moscow trading blame for the potentially catastrophic escalation.

Published On 14 Aug 2022

The chance of disaster at Ukraines Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant occupied by Russian troops is increasing each day, the mayor of the town where in fact the facility is situated says.

The Zaporizhzhia power plant, Europes largest, was seized by Russian soldiers in the opening days of the invasion of Ukraine, and contains remained on leading line since.

The other day the facility came under fire repeatedly, with Kyiv and Moscow trading blame for the dangerous escalation.

The mayor of the southeastern city of Energodar, where in fact the plant is situated, said on Sunday that the risks are increasing each day.

What’s happening there’s outright nuclear terrorism, Dmytro Orlov said from the town of Zaporizhzhia, which remains under Ukrainian control.It could end unpredictably at at any time.

Kyiv has accused Moscow of basing troops and weapons in the facility, launching attacks and utilizing the atomic plant as a shield from returning fire.

The problem is hazardous and what can cause probably the most concern is that there is absolutely no de-escalation process, said Orlov.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, that is wanting to inspect the plant, has warned of a nuclear disaster unless the fighting stops. Nuclear experts fear warfare might damage the plants spent fuel pools or the reactors.

Trading blame

On Saturday, local Russian-installed official Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian forces were shelling the plant.

Energodar and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are again under fire by [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelenskyys militants, said Rogov.

Missiles fell in the areas on the banks of the Dnipro river and in the plant, he said, without reporting any casualties or damage.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of hitting the section of the nuclear power plant where in fact the energy that powers the south of Ukraine is generated.

The target is to disconnect us from the [plant] and blame the Ukrainian army because of this, Podolyak wrote on Twitter.

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