Energoatom stated that the missile hit just 300m from the plant and caused an explosion that damaged more than 100 windows in the complex.
On September 19, 2022, a Russian missile strike struck a facility near a nuclear power station in southern Ukraine. It did not cause any damage to the reactors but damaged other industrial equipment. The country’s atomic energy operator condemned it as a “nuclear terrorist”.
Energoatom, the operator of Ukraine’s nuclear power stations, announced that the strike occurred early in September 2022 at an industrial complex, which includes the Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant, located in southern Mykolaiv.
Energoatom stated that the missile hit the plant at 300m (yards), causing an explosion that exploded, breaking more than 100 windows in buildings.
Energoatom stated that the attack caused the hydropower plant nearby to temporarily shut down, but it didn’t affect reactors at the nuclear plant. Energoatom called the strike “nuclear terrorist”
The Russian Defence Ministry did not immediately comment on the attack.
Pivdennoukrainsk, also known as the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant is located along the Southern Bug River, about 300 km (190 miles) from the capital, Kyiv.
It has three reactors and is the second-largest in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the invasion, Russia has occupied the Zaporizhia nuclear power station, which is the largest in Europe. It was repeatedly under attack that cut its transmission lines, and finally forced operators to close it down to prevent a radiation catastrophe.
Russia and Ukraine traded accusations for the shelling.
The International Atomic Energy Agency is the United Nations’ watchdog for nuclear safety. They did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
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