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Explainer: Ukrainian nuclear plant shelled: Here’s what we know

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LONDON (Reuters) – The Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was rocked by artillery fire on Wednesday.

The repeated shelling of a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine has raised fears that a severe accident could occur just 300 miles (500 km) from the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident. I’m here.

Here’s what we know about this incident.

What happened?

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said just after 6 pm local time on Saturday and at 9:15 am on Sunday the plant was hit by the heaviest shelling in recent months.

According to the IAEA, there were more than a dozen explosions within 40 minutes.

IAEA experts say that the “radioactive waste and storage building, the cooling pond sprinkler system, the electrical cable to one of the reactors, the condensate storage tank, and the bridge between another reactor and its auxiliary building, Damage in several places” reported.

According to the IAEA, off-site power sources were not affected and radiation levels at the plant remained normal.

The biggest risk is from overheating the nuclear fuel, which can occur if the power driving the cooling system is cut. Power lines were cut multiple times by artillery fire.

In addition to the reactors, the sites have spent fuel storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel assemblies, and each reactor site has a spent fuel pool that is used to cool the spent nuclear fuel.

“Close call”

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said it was a “close call”.

“We were lucky that there was no serious nuclear accident,” Grossi said. ”

Grossi wants a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the nuclear power plant.

“Although there was no direct impact on the plant’s primary nuclear safety and security systems, the artillery fire came dangerously close to them. We’re talking meters, not kilometers.

“Whoever is shelling the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is taking huge risks and risking the lives of many people,” Grossi said.

Who peeled the shell of the plant?

Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling a Russian-controlled factory. Reuters was unable to independently confirm who was telling the truth.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian forces fired 11 high-caliber shells at a factory on November 19 and 12 high-caliber shells between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. local time on Sunday. It then said it fired two more shots at power lines.

Russia said the shelling came from Mahnet in the Dnipropetrovsk region.

“The Kyiv regime has not stopped its provocations aimed at creating the threat of disaster at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom said Russian forces had shelled the plant. It said there were at least a dozen hits at the factory on Sunday.

“The nature of the damaged equipment at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant indicates that the attackers precisely targeted and neutralized the infrastructure needed to start up reactors 5 and 6,” Energoatom said.

“Lassisti [a portmanteau of Russian and fascists] Engage in nuclear blackmail again and endanger the whole world with their actions! “

Reporting by Guy Falconbridge.Edited by Alex Richardson

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