The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine reported that Russian troops bombed the surroundings of the nuclear power plant Khmelnytskyy, in the homonymous region, located in the west of the country.
“At night, the enemy attacked the vicinity of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant,” the Ukrainian authorities denounced. As a result, they added, Several of the surrounding buildings and offices suffered significant damage, as did the power lines.which fell in the cities of Slavuta and Netishin.
“Some 1,860 consumers in the cities of Slavuta and Netishin in the Khmelnitsky region were isolated,” denounced the ministry, which also reported that the inhabitants of several regions, including Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, or Chernigov, continue without electricity due to attacks. similar in recent days.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky pointed out that these attacks are a “reminder” to the international community of the need to continue strengthening Ukrainian air defenses and of the dangers from Russia.
“Many of the components of the drones used by Russian terrorists and the missiles come from other countries, from various companies, particularly Western ones,” warned Zelensky, for whom “the effectiveness of sanctions” on Russia means “literally” protecting oneself. against terrorism.
“It is necessary to expand and strengthen sanctions against Russia. Every Russian attack, and especially those directed at nuclear plants and other critical targets, are arguments that putting pressure on the terrorist state is not enough”, he valued.
The IAEA warns of the “extremely precarious situation”
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossilater confirmed the incident and warned that it represents another example of “the extremely precarious nuclear security situation in Ukraine,” which will not be resolved until the end of the war.
“The fact that numerous windows in the place were destroyed shows how close it was. Next time we may not be so lucky.”Grossi said in a statement posted on the IAEA website and in which he insisted that nuclear power plants should not be military objectives.
Despite the impact of the attack in the vicinity of the plant, the IAEA stressed that the explosions “did not affect the operations of the nuclear power plant or its connection to the national electrical grid,” although damage was recorded to the administrative infrastructure of the plant itself. .
The Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant has two reactors, one of which is currently in operation, while the other went into scheduled suspension at the beginning of August.
(With information from EuropaPress)