Energoatom, Ukraine’s nuclear energy organisation, has accused Moscow’s troops of attacking the country’s second largest nuclear plant in the south.
The reports follow recent shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear facility, the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor in Ukraine, which has fueled fears of a catastrophic disaster.
Energoatom stated in a post on Monday that “the Russian army carried out a missile strike on the industrial site” of the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power station.
It added that a “powerful explosion” took place “just 300 metres” (985 feet) from the facility’s reactors but they were operating as “normal”.
The strike damaged more than a hundred windows of the power station’s building, the nuclear agency said, posting photos of glass shattered around the broken windows.
“Fortunately, no one among the power plant staff was hurt,” Energoatom said.
“Russia endangers the entire world. We must put a stop to it before it is too late.” Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, responded to the strike through a statement.