The Ukrainian state -owned atomic energy company said Russian missiles flew at low altitude over Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine on Tuesday, and reiterated warnings that Russian aggression could lead to “nuclear catastrophe”.
Energoatom issued its latest warning about the risks posed by the war with Russia on the 36th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident at the now-defunct Chornobyl plant, which was then known as Soviet Ukraine.
The company said a touring missile had flown over a Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during an airstrike said by local authorities on a commercial building in the city of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least one person.
“Missiles located at low altitudes directly above the site of ZNPP (Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant), where there are 7 nuclear facilities with large amounts of nuclear material, pose a huge risk,” said Petro Kotin, acting head of Energoatom.
“After all, a missile can hit one or more nuclear facilities, and this threatens nuclear and radiation catastrophe around the world,” he was quoted as saying in a statement released by Energoatom on the Telegram messaging app.
Energoatom said the Russian military, which has occupied the plant since March 4, kept heavy equipment and ammunition at the site.
“Thirty -six years after the Chornobyl tragedy, Russia is exposing the whole world to the danger of a recurrence of a nuclear catastrophe!” he said.
Russia did not immediately comment on Energoatom’s statement. It had previously offered security guarantees on Ukraine’s nuclear power facilities since launching what it called a “special military operation” on 24 February.
Russian troops also occupied the Chornobyl nuclear power station shortly after invading Ukraine but have left the site.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is scheduled to visit Chornobyl on Tuesday, the anniversary of the explosion and fire there on April 26, 1986.
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