Both Russia and Ukraine have accused the other of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor, but neither has provided evidence.
On Saturday, Moscow and Kyiv traded allegations of bombarding the area around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine, which has drawn international attention due to fears that the ongoing conflict there could cause a disaster.
Since early March, Russian forces have held Zaporizhzhia, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power facility. A Ukrainian crew still operates it, and in recent weeks, both sides have traded accusations of shelling in the area.
The Energoatom energy agency of the Ukrainian national nuclear corporation reported that Russian troops had shelled the plant complex once again in the preceding 24 hours.
Ten shells reportedly burst in the area of a spent nuclear fuel dry storage facility, while another three were reported to have gone off close to a structure housing a supply of fresh nuclear fuel. Radiation levels at the plant were reported to be unchanged.
After shelling led the nuclear plant to be disconnected for the first time in its history, two of the plant’s six reactors were reconnected to the grid on Friday, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation at Zaporizhzhia remained “extremely perilous.”
After being completely cut off from the grid on Thursday, Energoatom reported late Friday that the plant’s two operational reactors had been reconnected and were once again supplying power.
The Russian ministry reported in its daily briefing that it had destroyed a big weapons stockpile in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine, which had housed American-made HIMARS rocket systems and shells for M777 Howitzers.
According to the ministry, the Russian Air Force shot down a MiG-29 in the eastern Donetsk region and damaged six missile and artillery weapons depots in the Donetsk, Mykolaiv, and Kherson regions.