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Zaporizhzhia was shaken by powerful explosions nuclear power plant This weekend in Ukraine, renewed concerns have been raised about the possibility of fighting so close to the facility causing a nuclear accident.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s chief (IAEARafael Grossi stated that whoever was The attackers are responsible was “playing with fire,” Reiterating the warning he gave in September.

IAEA Experts at The plant It was reported that there were more than 12 blasts heard in a short time span on Sunday morning local. nuclear The watchdog made the statement in a statement. Shelling was Both near and far at The site of the facility. IAEA Officials could see explosions through their windows, according to the nuclear Watchdog:

“Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately,” Grossi added.

Based on the information provided by plant Management IAEA The team stated that there had been some damage to buildings, systems, or equipment. at The plant’s site, “but none of them so far critical for nuclear safety and security,” According to the agency, There were no casualties reported.

Moscow and Kyiv both blamed each other in the attacks.

Ukraine’s national nuclear power company Energoatom said it appeared that Russian forces were trying to hinder the country’s ability to provide electricity to its citizens. The Kremlin has, in recent weeks, carried out a campaign of bombings and airstrikes on Ukrainian infrastructure designed to cripple Kyiv’s ability to provide heat to its residents as winter approaches.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the blasts were caused by a nuclear explosion at Zaporizhzhia was the result of artillery that was fired by the Ukrainian military.

Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russian forces of storing heavy weaponry inside the complex and using it as cover to launch attacks, knowing that Ukraine can’t return fire without risking hitting one of the plant’s reactors.

The Sunday Review is The claims of Energoatom or Russia’s government were not verified.

Grossi and IAEA We have repeatedly urged both sides to take a proactive stance. nuclear safety and security zone around Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Grossi took part in “intense consultations with Ukraine and Russia about establishing such a zone, but so far without an agreement,” The IAEA said.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, skirmishes have been occurring near Zaporizhia. plant Days later. This summer, intense shelling was observed near the complex. nuclear Accident, prompting the IAEA To send a team.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an October decree fencing the country. plant Which is It is located approximately 120 km (75 miles) away from the city. It sits in Russian-occupied territory on the Dnipro River. This move raised concerns about the fates of Ukrainian technicians who were operating the facility. plant Since its occupation by Russian troops.

What was left of the weekend’s blasts were Saturday and Sunday. IAEA was “a relative period of calm.”