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Ukraine says Russian missile hit near nuclear plant

A Russian missile attack struck a facility near a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine on Monday, causing no damage to its reactors but damage to other industrial equipment, which the country’s nuclear power operator has called “nuclear terrorism”. denoted as an act of.

Energoatom, which operates Ukraine’s nuclear power plants, said Monday morning the strike affected an industrial complex that includes the Pivdnoukrinsk nuclear power plant in the southern Mykolaiv region.

Energoatom said the missile struck just 300 meters (yards) from the plant, triggering an explosion that shattered more than 100 windows on campus buildings.

The attack also temporarily shut down a nearby hydropower plant, but did not affect the nuclear plant’s reactors, Energoatom said, calling the strike an act of “nuclear terrorism”.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately comment on the attack.

The Pivdennoukrainsk plant, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, is located along the southern Bug River and is approximately 300 kilometers (190 mi) south of the capital Kyiv. It is Ukraine’s second largest nuclear power plant with three reactors.

The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been occupied by the Russian military since the early days of the invasion and has repeatedly come under fire, cutting off its transmission lines and eventually allowing operators to avoid a radiation disaster. is forced to shut it down. Russia and Ukraine have claimed responsibility for the shelling.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog that has oversight at the Zaporizhzhya plant, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the attack.

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