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Kyiv and Moscow on Saturday again exchanged accusations of shooting at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, occupied by Russia and targeted several times for a week.
“Limit your presence in the streets of Energodar! We have received information about new provocations from the Russian occupiers, Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom said on Telegram, republishing the message from a local leader of Energodar – the city in which the plant is located – who remained loyal in Kyiv.
“According to the testimonies of the inhabitants, shelling is again in progress in the direction of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia (…) The interval between the departure and the arrival of the shots is 3-5 seconds”, adds the message .
For their part, the occupation authorities installed by Russia in the areas it occupies in the Zaporizhia region have unsurprisingly accused the Ukrainian forces of being behind the firing .
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“Energodar and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant are under fire again militants (of Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky,” a member of the pro-Russian military and civil administration Vladimir Rogov said on Telegram.
The projectiles fell “in areas located on the banks of the Dnieper and in the power station”, he said, without reporting any casualties or damage.
The Dnieper River (Dnipro in Ukrainian ) separates the areas in the hands of the Russians from those controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.
Several bombings for which the two parties mutually accuse each other have targeted the Zaporizhia power plant since last week, raising fears of a nuclear disaster and provoking a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.
The first strikes, on August 5, notably hit a high-voltage power line transformer, causing the automatic shutdown of reactor No. 3 of Europe's largest nuclear power plant and the start-up of its groups emergency generators.
The latest strikes on Thursday damaged a pumping station and sensors for measuring radioactivity.
The Ukrainian authorities, supported by their Western allies , call for the demilitarization of the area and the withdrawal of Russian troops who have occupied the site since March, Volo dymyr Zelensky denouncing “Russian nuclear blackmail”.