Pro-Russian officials of occupied Enerhodar say Ukrainian projectile hit power unit of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Aleksandr Volga, the Russia-appointed head of Enerhodar city administration, stated that a Ukrainian artillery shell had hit a nonoperating power unit of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Russian state news agency TASS reports.

Volga did not specify the time of the attack. “What should they decide to use next time to deliver a strike? We need prompt decisions in view of these developments,” he said.

Yesterday, The Insider* published a video showing Russian multiple rocket launchers firing from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. The video was recorded in the early hours of 3 September. The media outlet notes that the rocket launchers are located near the power unit.

Conflict Intelligence Team notes that the pipes of the Zaporizhzhia thermal power station can be seen in the video. They can also be seen on Google Street View. “The video is shot from the opposite bank of the Dnieper. The camera is pointed to the south. This means that the multiple rocket launchers are located to the west of the Zaporizhzhia thermal power station. The nuclear plant itself is located to the west of the thermal power station. It is impossible to determine for sure whether the missiles are indeed fired from the territory of the plant,” the experts said.

In the afternoon of 1 September, a mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. In the morning before the visit, the city of Enerhodar, where the plant is located, was shelled. Russia and Ukraine accused each other of conducting the attacks.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is currently located on the territory occupied by Russia. The EU and 42 countries called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the territory of the plant to ensure nuclear safety.

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