A series of powerful explosions shaken the surrounding area. Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant The United Nations Atomic Agency stated that the damage caused at the site has increased over the last day. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency stated that although damage was evident in several buildings and equipments, none has been considered critical to nuclear safety or security. on its websiteCite plant management.  

In a matter of minutes, Sunday morning’s blasts included more than 12 blasts. Members of the agency’s monitoring team, on-site at Zaporizhzhia The IAEA stated that some explosions have occurred from windows in September.  

Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for sporadic shelling in the vicinity of Europe’s largest atomic plant For months and then again on Sunday. 

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“The news from our team yesterday and this morning is extremely disturbing,” said IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi. “Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately.”   

Russia’s army issued a statement blaming Ukraine for the shelling, saying Kyiv “does not stop its provocations aiming at creating the threat of a man-made catastrophe.” Radiation levels are still considered normal, according to the report. 

Energoatom, Ukraine’s Telegram broadcast by nuclear regulator that Russian forces had damaged the facility and caused damage to connection overpasses as well as chemical desalinated storage tanks and steam generator purge system. 

The result is devastating as After weeks of Russian drone and missile attacks on power plants across Ukraine, Ukraine is struggling to keep the lights on for millions. 

“The Russians targeted and disabled the very infrastructure needed to launch 5th and 6th power units and to restore electricity production for the Ukrainian grid,” Energoatom stated. 

The power plant has been controlled by Russia since shortly after Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion, but continues to be operated by Ukrainian personnel. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared September the plant Part of Russia, amid a wider annexation Zaporizhzhia region. 

IAEA has called on Russia and Ukraine for a safety and security area around. ZaporizhzhiaBut, with no success. The safety risk has been created by the repeated disconnections of the facility from the electric grid due to artillery fire and bombardment in the area. 

—With assistance from Alex Nicholson and Olesia Safronova

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