NOS News•Today, 17:43
High-voltage cables were hit in shelling at the nuclear power plant near Zaporizhzhya, Ukrainian state energy company Energoatom reported. The plant has been in the hands of the Russians since the beginning of March.
The pro-Russian administration of the nearby city of Enerhodar says that the power necessary for the safe functioning of the plant has been cut off, according to the Interfax news agency. Energoatom says the plant is still in operation and no elevated levels of radiation have been measured.
According to the pro-Russian administration, the cables were hit by Ukrainian artillery fire during a shift change. The state energy company says that the cables were hit by Russian shelling.
‘Situation is getting out of hand’
According to Interfax, a fire has also broken out on the site of the nuclear power plant. The fire brigade is present, but cannot do anything because there is still power on the high-voltage cables that have been hit.
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi said this week that the situation at the plant is “completely out of control” and that “every principle of nuclear safety is being violated”. He wants the Atomic Energy Agency to gain access to the plant as soon as possible to stabilize things.