The Atomic Energy Agency said that as the fighting continues around the plant, it could pose a serious health risk.
Ukraine accuses Russia of planting explosives at the Zaporizhia plant.
Sunday’s shooting took place before the fire at the nuclear plant last week. For this both the countries blamed each other.
Kyiv: Russia and Ukraine (Russia-Ukraine War) on Monday accused each other of shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Russia claimed the fire was triggered by Ukrainian shelling and that workers were forced to cut production from the two reactors, while Ukraine accused Russian troops of stockpiling weapons there.
Nuclear experts have warned that there is a risk of further shelling at the Zaporizhia nuclear power station seized by Russia at the start of the war. The Kremlin on Monday reiterated a statement it claimed could have “disastrous” consequences for Europe from Ukraine’s shelling.
Atomic Energy Agency warned
International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Rafael Grossi has warned that fighting over the way the plant is being run by the Russian military and around it could pose a serious health and environmental threat.
Ukraine’s head of military intelligence, Andrey Yusov, countered the Russian statements by saying that his organization had received credible information from multiple sources that the Russian military had planted explosives at the Zaporizhia plant to counter an expected Ukrainian retaliation in the area.
Both sides accused each other
Earlier, Ukrainian officials said Russia was launching attacks from the plant and using Ukrainian workers as human shields. The nuclear plant caught fire last week before Sunday’s firing and both sides accused each other of the attack.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday that Ukraine’s attack on the Zaporizhia nuclear plant a day earlier caused smoke to rise at its switch facility, prompting it to shut down in an emergency.
He said firefighters extinguished the fire and plant workers reduced the output of reactors No. 5 and No. 6 to 500 MW. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged Western countries to force Kyiv to stop attacks on the plant.
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First published: Aug 09, 2022, 05:00 IST