Ukraine denounces that a Russian missile flew over the main nuclear plant in the south of the country at a ‘critical’ distance

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The Ukrainian authorities denounced this Sunday that a Russian missile passed dangerously close to the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, in the south of the country, in an incident that they have directly described as “act of nuclear terrorism”.

The state nuclear energy operator, Energoatom, specified that the incident occurred around 05:30 this morning when a Russian cruise missile, “similar to the ‘Kalibr’ model”, flew over the plant at a “critical” proximity for a few moments before moving on.

“Probably, the rocket was going in the direction of kyiv, where explosions were heard this morning,” Energoatom estimated on its Telegram channel. Several missiles hit the Ukrainian capital on Sunday after weeks of relative calm and at least one person has been injured. kyiv is about 350 kilometers north of the plant.

The Ukrainian operator denounced that “Russia continues to represent a threat to the safety of nuclear power plants in Ukraine and threatens the world with a new nuclear catastrophe.

In the image, the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Photo: Reuters Archive

In the opinion of those responsible for Energoatom, the Russians “appear to still not understand that even the smallest fragment of a missile can cause a catastrophe if it ends up hitting a unit in operation” of a nuclear power plant.

A similar incident in April sparked the firm condemnation of the UN nuclear agency, launched an investigation into it.

“A missile of this type could have seriously affected the physical integrity of the nuclear power plant, which could lead to a nuclear accident,” lamented the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, in a statement.

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