Russian-installed official accuses Ukraine of new nuclear power plant bombings

Satellite imagery shows an overview of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine August 29, 2022. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

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Aug 30 (Reuters) – Russian-installed authorities in an occupied part of Ukraine on Tuesday accused Ukrainian troops of renewed shelling of the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant ahead of a planned visit by the International Atomic Energy of the United Nations. Agency.

Writing on Telegram, the Russian regional manager of Zaporizhzhia, Vladimir Rogov, said: “The reason for the bombardment is the deliberate intention of the leadership of Kyiv to disrupt the IAEA mission.”

The IAEA’s visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is due to take place this week amid growing fears that the bombing of the facility could lead to a nuclear disaster.

Rogov said two shells exploded near a spent fuel storage building at the plant. Reuters could not independently verify this report.

Ukraine and Russia have repeatedly accused each other of attacking Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which was captured by Russia in March but remains close to the front lines.

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Reuters reporting; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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