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Ukrainian authorities have denounced this Saturday a new Russian attack occurred overnight in the vicinity of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant that has hit a road used for the transport of hydrogen and the power lines of the facility, whose operators have been forced to divert part of their power supply.
According to the Ukrainian administrator of the region, Oleksandr Starukh, the hit road has been set on fire and the damage caused to the power lines has forced the disconnection “of the fourth power unit of the power system.”
The power supplied by the unit has been replaced by a backup generator, Staruj has made known on his Telegram account, in a message picked up by Ukrainian channel 24Tv.
The administrator recalls that the power plant was the scene on Friday of three Russian attacks with Tenga rocket launchers that damaged some power units in which the nuclear reactor is located.
As was already the case yesterday, Staruj has denounced that the representatives of the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom who are on site “quickly left the power plant before the attack.”
At the beginning of March, the Russian Army seized the facilities of the nuclear power plant, one of the largest in Europe, and which in the early stages of the war was already the scene of intense clashes.
Russia, on the other hand, accuses the Ukrainian Army of launching these attacks, as denounced on Friday by Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dmitri Polianski.
Moscow accuses Ukraine specifically of having fired on Friday about twenty 20 152 mm shells at the power plant and the nearby town of Energodar. These attacks, according to Moscow, caused a fire at a hydrogen station, but the fire was brought under control by the emergency services.
As a result of the shelling at Energodar, according to Russia, there is a partial lack of electricity and water supply, and the power generated by the plant has been substantially reduced.
“We have sent detailed information about this heinous provocation to the UN secretary general,” the diplomat made known on his Twitter account.
“It’s time for the UN to call a spade a spade,” he said.