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Ukrainian forces launch artillery strike on Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

The Ukrainian Armed Forces again bombarded the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant with their Western artillery.

  • Ukrainian self-propelled artillery fires at Russian forces on a front line in the Kharkov region, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukrainian armed forces launched an artillery strike on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the suburb of Enerhodar using long-range weapons supplied to kyiv by Western countries, the press service of the administration of Enerhodar. Sputnik Saturday.

“Artillery strikes were recorded on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. According to the data provided, kyiv used Western long-range weapons, and the shelling was carried out from across the Dnipro river,” he said. said the spokesman for the city administration.

“The ammunition exploded in the immediate vicinity of one of the administrative buildings of the power plant. The critical installations of the nuclear power plant were not damaged,” he added.

Data on injured employees at the nuclear power plant are being clarified, the spokesperson concluded.

A high-voltage line at the Kakhovskaya substation of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) was damaged as a result of shelling by Ukrainian armed formations, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main board of the military administration, said earlier. -regional civil.

In addition, he pointed out that “the specialists of the station have been instructed to move to safe premises. At present, no contamination is registered at the station. The radiation background is normal”, after that at least three shells have been identified in the storage area of ​​radioactive isotopes.

“[Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s terrorists continue to bomb the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. A high-voltage line from the Kakhovskaya substation was damaged. The line has been grounded to carry out restoration work,” Rogov said.

Rogov also pointed out that the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was working normally after the Ukrainian armed forces bombed it again.

Just last week, Ukrainian armed forces struck the town of Enerhodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which the Russian military has controlled since March.

The city’s thermal power plant was also hit by Ukrainian troops. Drone attacks by Ukrainian forces have regularly targeted the facility, leading Russia to seek help from the IAEA to resolve security issues.

“The nuclear power plant itself was not damaged and is functioning normally. The air defense of the Russian army once again protected the site from the nuclear threat, constantly provoked by Ukrainian nationalists,” he said. he adds.

Rogov had said days earlier that the nuclear power plant could be mothballed if Ukrainian troops continued to bomb its territory and infrastructure.

Attack on the life of the mayor of Mariupol

An assassination attempt on Mariupol Mayor Konstantin Ivashchenko took place at the entrance to the city’s zoo, with the territory cordoned off by law enforcement, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.

Local sources said that earlier in the day, as the mayor’s car was driving near the zoo, the detonation of an explosive device was heard, adding that no one was injured or killed.

An explosive ordnance disposal team from the Ministry of Interior of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) operates at the scene of the accident.

DPR law enforcement agencies are identifying those involved in the detonation of the explosive device near the zoo, the republic’s interior ministry said.

“Law enforcement is establishing the circumstances of the explosion… identifying the individuals involved in the detonation of the explosive device in the central part of Mariupol,” the ministry’s public relations center said on his official Telegram channel.

It was established that the explosive device was improvised and contained cluster munitions, he added.