Russian invading forces have now shelled the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP) for a third time, hitting the plant’s fire station, state nuclear power company Energoatom reported on Aug 11.
Updated 5:42 p.m. Russian invading forces have shelled the area of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant for a third time, Energoatom reported.
“The fire department, located on the territory of the ZNPP and designed to protect it from fires and to extinguish them in case of emergencies, was subjected to another shelling,” a Telegram message from the company says.
“The Russian fascists once again shelled the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Ukraine and Europe,” Energoatom’s report on Telegram reads. “Five incoming rounds were recorded in the area of the station commandant’s office – next to the welding site and the storage of radiation sources.”
It is noted that grass caught fire in the place of shelling, but there were no casualties.
Later, the invaders fired five more shells into the area of the fire station located near the nuclear power plant, Energoatom reported.
“As a result of shelling, it wasn’t possible to change shifts at the station on time,” says the message. “Because buses with the personnel of the next shift were turned back to Enerhodar, to ensure the safety of nuclear scientists.”
Energoatom added that until the situation returns to normal, workers from the previous shift will continue to work. Energoatom also urged not to believe the fake news spread by Russian propaganda that the staff are allegedly leaving the plant in panic.
Energoatom added that the radiation background at the nuclear power plant is within the normal range as of 5.00 p.m. They also refuted statements made by pro-Russian channels on Telegram about a fire at the second reactor.
Russian invading forces seized ZNPP on March 4, in the first weeks of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. From that moment on, the employees of the power plant have been held hostage by the invaders.
The Russians use the station as protection for their military equipment, since the Ukrainian Armed Forces cannot return fire because of the risk of damaging the nuclear reactors.
At the same time, the Russian troops themselves have repeatedly staged provocations by shelling ZNPP, and have even threatened to blow it up in the event of an offensive by Ukrainian troops.