A missile landed near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant on Sept. 19, 2022.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
Ukraine said a Russian missile strike landed less than 1,000 feet from a nuclear power plant on Monday.
The facility was the country’s second-largest plant, the defense ministry said.
Ukrainian nuclear facilities have not been immune from fighting during the seven-month-long war.
A Russian missile landed less than 1,000 feet from Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear power plant, the country’s military and state energy operator said on Monday.
Ukraine’s defense ministry shared a video of security footage near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, in the country’s southern Mykolaiv region, with a timestamp of 12:19 a.m. local time.
The black-and-white video appeared to show the moment the Russian missile struck, illuminating a dark scene with a fireball that was immediately followed by larger second fireball.
“A missile fell 300 meters from the plant,” Ukraine’s defense ministry said, adding that the Kremlin’s “nuclear terrorism continues” and arguing that Russia “is the threat to the whole world.”
Energoatom, Ukraine’s state nuclear operator, blamed the attack on “Russian terrorists” and said the strike landed close to the plant’s reactors.
—Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) September 19, 2022
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a top nuclear watchdog, did not immediately publish a statement or assessment of any potential damage. The New York Times, however, quoted Energoatom saying there was damage to a hydroelectric power station near the nuclear plant but not to any of the plant’s essential safety equipment.
Ukraine’s nuclear facilities have not been immune to fighting throughout the nearly seven-month-long war. Fighting near the country’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — which is the largest in Europe and has been occupied by Russian forces since March — has raised the alarms at watchdog agencies like the IAEA.
International inspectors have said that reckless shelling could trigger a nuclear disaster and have urged hostilities to cease.
Monday’s strike near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant comes after Western intelligence warned that Russian forces are increasingly targeting civilian infrastructure as President Vladimir Putin’s forces continue suffer major battlefield defeats in the face of successful Ukrainian counteroffensive moves.
Last week, for example, Russian forces fired a volley of missiles at a local hydraulic structure in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown — in what officials said was “revenge” for Ukraine’s punishing military advances.
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Source:: Business Insider