free counter
World

Ukraine Warns Of ‘Nuclear Terrorism’ After Strike Near Plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) A Russian missile struck near a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine without damaging the three reactors but hit other industrial equipment Monday in what Ukrainian authorities denounced being an act of nuclear terrorism.

The strike followed warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin of possible stepped-up attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure after his forces suffered humiliating battlefield setbacks. In addition, it renewed fears of a possible radioactive disaster in the nearly 7-month-long war.

The missile struck within 300 meters (328 yards) of reactors at the Pivdennoukrainsk plant, also referred to as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, blasting a crater 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) deep and 4 meters (13 feet) across, in accordance with Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom.

Black-and-white CCTV footage released by Ukraines Ministry of Defense showed two large fireballs erupting one following the other at night, accompanied by incandescent showers of sparks. A period stamp on the video read 19 minutes after midnight.

The ministry and Energoatom both called the strike nuclear terrorism. The Russian Defense Ministry had no immediate comment. The US nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, didn’t immediately react to a obtain comment.

The industrial complex which includes the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear plant sits across the Southern Bug River about 300 kilometers (190 miles) south of the administrative centre, Kyiv. The attack caused the temporary shutdown of a nearby hydropower plant and shattered a lot more than 100 windows at the complex, Energoatom said.

Ukraines presidential office said the attack also severed three power transmission lines.

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, in the southern Mykolaiv region of Ukraine, May 31, 2022. A Russian missile strike hit a facility close to the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, causing no damage to its reactors but damaging other industrial equipment in what the country's atomic energy operator denounced as an act of
This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant, also referred to as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, in the southern Mykolaiv region of Ukraine, May 31, 2022. A Russian missile strike hit a facility near to the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, causing no harm to its reactors but damaging other industrial equipment in what the country’s atomic energy operator denounced being an act of “nuclear terrorism.”

Planet Labs PBC via Associated Press

The nuclear plant is Ukraines second-largest following the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, that is Europes largest and contains repeatedly come under fire. Both plants have reactors of exactly the same design.

Russian forces have occupied the Zaporizhzhia plant because the start of the invasion. Shelling take off its transmission lines, forcing operators to turn off its six reactors in order to avoid a radiation disaster. Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the strikes.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said a primary transmission line was reconnected Friday, providing electricity that the Zaporizhzhia plant must cool its reactors. The IAEA has monitors at the plant.

However the mayor of Enerhodar, the town that hosts the Zaporizhzhia plant, reported more Russian shelling Monday, in the citys industrial zone.

While warning Friday of possible ramped-up strikes, Putin claimed his forces had up to now acted with restraint in giving an answer to Ukrainian attempts going to Russian facilities.

If the problem develops in this manner, our response could be more serious, Putin said.

Just lately, the Russian military have delivered a few impactful strikes, he said, discussing attacks the other day. Lets consider those as warning strikes.

A Russian serviceman guards in an area of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, Sunday, May 1, 2022.
A Russian serviceman guards within an section of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Associated Press

And also infrastructure, Russian forces may also be pounding other sites. The most recent shelling killed at the very least eight civilians and wounded 22 others, Ukraines presidential office said Monday.

The governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region, now largely back Ukrainian hands, said Russian shelling killed four medical workers who have been attempting to evacuate patients from the psychiatric hospital, and wounded two patients.

The mayor of the Russian-occupied eastern city of Donetsk said shelling killed 13 civilians there.

Patricia Lewis, the international security research director at the Chatham House think-tank in London, said the prior attacks at the Zaporizhzhia plant and Mondays strike pointed to a pattern of Russian military planners wanting to take Ukrainian nuclear plants offline before winter by targeting power supplies that keep them functioning safely.

Its an extremely, very dangerous and illegal act to be targeting a nuclear station, Lewis said within an interview. Only the generals will know the intent, but theres clearly a pattern.

What they appear to be doing every time is to make an effort to cut off the energy to the reactor, she said. Its an extremely clumsy solution to take action, because how accurate are these missiles?

Other recent Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure targeted power plants in the north and a dam in the south. They came in the wake of a sweeping Ukrainian counterattack in the countrys east reclaimed Russia-occupied territory in the Kharkiv region and broke what had largely turn into a stalemate in the war.

The Ukrainian successes Russias biggest defeat since its forces were repelled from around Kyiv in the invasions opening stage have fueled rare public criticism in Russia and put into military and diplomatic pressure turning up for Putin.

Nationalist critics of the Kremlin have questioned why Moscow didn’t plunge Ukraine into darkness by hitting most of its major nuclear power plants.

___

AP journalist John Leicester in Le Pecq, France, contributed.

Read More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker