Ukraine declines responsibility for Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant attack

A Ukrainian serviceman smokes sitting on a bench as a local resident clears debris near a building damaged in the Russian air raid in the town of Orikhiv, Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, Friday, Apr. 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Andriy Andriyenko)
By John Cody
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Ukraine had nothing to do with the incidents at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Sunday, Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov said on Sunday.

On Sunday, management of the nuclear facility, which has been under Russian control for two years, said that Ukrainian armed forces had attacked the dome of the sixth unit of the nuclear power plant with a drone.

“Ukraine has nothing to do with any armed provocation on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant illegally occupied by Russia,” Yusov was quoted as saying by the Ukrayinska Pravda news portal.

“Russian attacks on the territory of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant, including mock attacks… are well-known law-breaking practices of the occupiers,” Yusov claimed.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), wrote on X that Sunday’s drone attack had damaged a building housing one of the reactors, but that the nuclear safety of the facility had not been compromised.

“One victim was reported. The nuclear safety of Unit 6 has not been compromised, but this is a serious incident that could undermine the integrity of the reactor containment system,” Grossi wrote, adding that there had been three “direct hits” in such buildings, according to the IAEA’s local staff.

Grossi urged the military decision-makers to refrain from any action that would jeopardize the principles of nuclear facility protection. He stressed that such reckless attacks significantly increase the risk of a large-scale nuclear accident.

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