IAEA: Attack on Ukrainian nuclear plant shows "risk of nuclear catastrophe"

Ukraine used a cluster bomb "which was fired from a multiple rocket launcher (.

IAEA: Attack on Ukrainian nuclear plant shows "risk of nuclear catastrophe"

Ukraine used a cluster bomb "which was fired from a multiple rocket launcher (...)", said the occupation authorities of the city of Enerhodar, the nuclear site, on Sunday. The Russian state news agency Tass reported that the fragments landed 400 meters from a running reactor. Administration buildings and "a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel" were hit. The information could not be independently confirmed.

The power plant in southern Ukraine is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. It has been occupied since early March by Russian troops, who took control of it days after they began invading Ukraine.

According to operator Energoatom, Friday's bombings, for which Ukraine and Russia blamed each other, "severely damaged" an "auxiliary building" and a nitrogen and oxygen station. There is still a risk of radioactive radiation and an increased risk of fire, the operator explained in the online service Telegram.

IAEA chief Grossi said any attack on the facility "with military firepower" would be "playing with fire that could have catastrophic consequences." He continues to try to lead an IAEA expert mission that can get an idea of ​​the situation on site and will not give up.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj again accused Moscow of terrorism in his daily video message: "Russian terrorists became the first (terrorists) in the world to use the power plant (...) for terror," he said on Saturday evening.

The Russian army had previously denied Ukraine's accusations, instead blaming Kyiv: "Armed Ukrainian groups carried out three artillery strikes on the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (...) and in the city of Enerhodar."

Meanwhile, an official of the Russian occupation authorities died after an assassination attempt in the largely Russian-held region of Kherson. Vitaly Hura, deputy head of the Novaya Kakhovka city administration, "succumbed to his injuries," local official Ekaterina Gubareva said in the online service Telegram.

In recent months, several Moscow-appointed officials in the Russian-held areas of Ukraine have been the target of assassinations.

Since conquering a large part of the Kherson region and part of the Zaporizhia region, the Kremlin has been pursuing a policy of Russification with a view to possible annexation of the territories.

At the same time, the Ukrainian army says it has been conducting a counter-offensive around Cherson for several weeks. The soldiers made up ground and approached the 290,000-inhabitant city. However, so far they have not managed to penetrate the Russian defense lines.

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