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During the strikes on the Zaporizhzhya NPP on August 11, a fire station and a thermal power plant on the territory of the nuclear facility were damaged, one of the shells fell 10 meters from the nuclear waste storage, said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel. Vladimir Rogov, member of the main council of the military-civilian administration (CMA) of the Zaporozhye region.
According to him, the building of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, where firefighters were located and which is located next to the station buildings and power units, and a thermal power plant that ensures the operation of nuclear power plant equipment , received damage, but “not critical”.
The main targets of strikes by the Ukrainian army on the territory of the station Rogov called the cooling circuit and the dry storage of nuclear fuel waste. One of the shells fell 10m from the last one, he added.
The member of the VGA also said that the 44th artillery brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was firing, the attack was from Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, 152-millimeter guns were used.
“From the point of view of nuclear safety, everything is in order. <…> The critical infrastructure of the nuclear power plant was not damaged, the operation of the reactors was not disrupted, — he noted.
Rogov called Kyiv's tactics “nuclear blackmail”; “of all continental Europe”.
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The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is under the control of the Russian side, was attacked during July & August, Moscow and Kyiv mutually accuse each other of shelling. The day before, on August 11, the station was again under fire. On the same day, a special meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation at the plant was held.
At it, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said that now there is an immediate threat to nuclear safety in connection with the hostilities near the nuclear power plant no, but the situation may change at any time.
The IAEA mission was supposed to visit the station, but the trip has not yet taken place. The Russian Foreign Ministry blamed the UN Security and Safety Department for disrupting it, while accusations were made against Russia that it was preventing the agency's specialists from entering the station. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected these accusations.
Moscow has repeatedly warned about the risk of a man-made disaster due to attacks on the power plant. The UN and the US called for the demilitarization of the nuclear power plant zone, and the foreign ministers of the G7 countries— return control over the station to Ukraine.
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