Russia launched a missile strike at the South Ukraine Nuclear PowerPlant (SUNPP) in Mykolayiv Oblast, damaging a building just 300 meters (0.19 miles) away from a nuclear reactor, Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom said in a Telegram post on Sept. 19.
The message included photos of the aftermath of the attack, which knocked out three high-voltage power lines. All three SUNPP reactors are operating nominally; there were no casualties in the attack.
“Russian acts of nuclear terrorism endanger the entire world; they must be stopped immediately, to avoid a nuclear calamity,” Energoatom said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy later shared CCTV footage of the impact at the power plant.
“The invaders had an itch to shoot at something, but apparently forgot what nuclear power plants actually are,” said Zelenskyy.
“Russia is putting the whole world in danger, and it has to be stopped before it’s too late.”