Video shows Russian missile hitting less than 1,000 feet from Ukraine’s massive nuclear power plant, Ukrainian military says

On September 19, 2022, a missile landed near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant.

On September 19, 2022, a missile landed near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant.Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

  • Ukraine said a Russian missile strike landed less than 1,000 feet from a nuclear power plant on Monday.

  • According to the Ministry of Defense, the facility was the second largest factory in the country.

  • Ukraine’s nuclear facilities have not been immune to combat during the seven-month war.

A Russian missile landed less than 1,000 feet from Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear power plant, the country’s military and state energy operator said Monday.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has shared a video of security footage taken near the South Ukraine nuclear power plant in the southern Mykolaiv region of the country with a time stamp of 00:19 local time.

The black-and-white video appeared to show the moment a Russian missile hit, lighting up the dark scene with a ball of fire, followed soon after by a second fireball.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that “a missile fell 300 meters from the factory”, adding that the Kremlin’s “nuclear terrorism continues” and that Russia was a “threat to the whole world”.

Ukrainian state-owned nuclear operator Energoatom condemned It said it was an attack on “Russian terrorists” and that the strike had landed near the factory’s reactor.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear oversight body, did not immediately release a statement or assessment of potential damage. However, the New York Times quoted Energoatom said there was damage to a hydroelectric power plant located near the nuclear plant, but not to the plant’s critical safety equipment.

Ukraine’s nuclear facilities have not escaped combat throughout the nearly seven-month war. Fighting near the country’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest and occupied by Russian forces since March, has alarmed regulators such as the IAEA.

An international inspector said: reckless bombardment It could trigger a nuclear disaster and prompted an end to hostilities.

Monday’s strike near South Ukraine nuclear power plant follows Western intelligence services warned Russian forces are increasingly targeting civilian infrastructure as President Vladimir Putin’s forces continue to suffer heavy battlefield defeats in the face of Ukrainian military success. counterattack movement.

For example, last week the Russian military fired a volley of missiles. local hydraulic structure In central Ukraine’s Kryvy Rykh (the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelensky), officials said it was “retaliation” for Ukraine’s punitive military advances.

In an area where Russian troops have recently withdrawn, Ukrainian forces have found mass grave Other evidence of wartime atrocities reminiscent of scenes in the Kyiv suburbs liberated from Russian occupation during the spring.

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