Risk of leak at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant: Operator

by | Aug 27, 2022 | World

Authorities have distributed iodine tablets to residents who live near the nuclear plant in case of a radioactive leak.Ukraine’s state energy operator said there is a risk of radioactive leakage at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is Europe’s largest nuclear facility and currently under occupation by Russian troops.
Energoatom said on Saturday that Russian forces had “repeatedly shelled” the site in southern Ukraine over the past day, while the Russian defence ministry countered by accusing Ukrainian forces of launching attacks on the plant.
“As a result of periodic shelling, the infrastructure of the station has been damaged, there are risks of hydrogen leakage and sputtering of radioactive substances, and the fire hazard is high,” Energoatom said on Telegram.
The agency said that as of midday on Saturday (09:00 GMT) the plant “operates with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards”.
Authorities began distributing iodine tablets on Friday to residents who live near the plant in case of a radiation leak.
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Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday that Ukrainian forces had shelled the grounds of the nuclear facility in the last 24 hours.
“A total of 17 shells were fired, four of which hit the roof of Special Building No. 1, where 168 assemblies of US Westinghouse nuclear fuel are stored,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said 10 shells exploded near a dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and three more near a building that houses fresh nuclear fuel storage.
It said the radiation situation at the plant remained normal.
Reuters could not verify the battlefield report.
Recent satellite images from Planet Labs showed fires burning around the Zaporizhzhia complex over the last several days.
Trading accusations
Kyiv and Moscow have for months traded accusations over shelling in the vicinity …

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