This image made from a video released by Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant shows bright flaring object landing in grounds of the nuclear plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine Friday, March 4, 2022. (Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant via AP)
This image made from a video released by Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant shows bright flaring object landing in grounds of the nuclear plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine Friday, March 4, 2022. (Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant via AP)

The Epoch Times-By Mimi Nguyen Ly March 4, 2022, Updated: March 4, 2022

Russian forces on Friday seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant—Europe’s and Ukraine’s largest nuclear power station—in southeastern Ukraine, the regional state administration said, following what officials said was shelling that caused a temporary fire at the site earlier in the day.

The plant is located in Enerhodar, a city on the Dnieper River. It accounts for one-quarter of Ukraine’s power generation.

A statement posted Friday on the website of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine reads: “The Zaporizhzhia NPP site has been seized by the military forces of the Russian Federation.”

It said that Russian forces “committed shelling the Zaporizhzhia NPP site” on Friday, which caused a fire at the site. “The fire was extinguished by the Ukrainian State Emergency Service units. Information on the dead and injured is absent,” the statement said.

In an announcement Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Ukraine had informed the agency about Russian forces have taken over, but that “the nuclear power plant continued to be operated by its regular staff and there had been no release of radioactive material.”

“The safety systems of the plant’s six reactors had not been affected and there has been no release of radioactive material. Radiation monitoring systems at the site are fully functional,” according to the announcement. “However, the operator has reported that the situation remains very challenging and therefore it has not yet been possible to access the whole site to assess that all safety systems are fully functional.”

The statement continued, “Of the plant’s reactor units, Unit 1 is shut down for maintenance, Units 2 and 3 have undergone a controlled shutdown, Unit 4 is operating at 60 percent power, and Units 5 and 6 are being held ‘in reserve’ in low power mode.

“Two people were reported injured.”

IAEA Director General Rafael Mario Grossi said at a press conference later in Vienna, Austria, that two security people at the plant were injured due to the attack.

In a statement, he said he was “extremely concerned” about the situation at the plant. “Firing shells in the area of a nuclear power plant violates the fundamental principle that the physical integrity of nuclear facilities must be maintained and kept safe at all times,” he said. He added that the main priority was to ensure the safety and security of the plant, its power supply, and the people who operate it.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm had said on Twitter late Thursday local time that the reactors at the power station “are protected by robust containment structures and reactors are being safely shut down,” and that no elevated radiation readings near the facility were observed.

According to the Ukrainian nuclear inspectorate, if the nuclear fuel cannot cool down, it could have led to “significant radioactive releases into the environment.”

“[S]uch an event may exceed all previous accidents at nuclear power plants, including the Chornobyl [sic] accident and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,” the nuclear inspectorate speculated. “It shall be reminded that in addition to six power units at the Zaporizhzhya NPP site, there is a spent nuclear fuel storage facility, damage of which due to shelling will also lead to radioactive releases.”

Russian troops had on Feb. 24 captured the now-defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant, located some 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. The following day, Ukrainian officials reported higher levels of radiation around the area.

Mimi Nguyen Ly

Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter based in Australia covering world news with a focus on U.S. news. Contact Mimi at mimi.nl@epochtimes.com


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