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Ukraine nuclear plant drone strike prompts warning

By Ian Aikman

Russia and Ukraine must avoid actions that “jeopardise nuclear safety”, a UN watchdog has said, after a drone attack on Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant.

Russia said Ukraine was behind the attack, which it said injured three people. Ukraine has denied involvement.

The giant Russian-held nuclear plant, with six reactors, is on the frontline of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The UN’s atomic energy watchdog has repeatedly warned that attacking the plant could risk nuclear disaster.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has a team of experts at Zaporizhzhia, confirmed “physical impact of drone attacks” at the plant, including at one of the reactors.

The plant’s Russian-installed administration said radiation levels were normal and that there was no serious damage.

The IAEA said the damage had not compromised nuclear safety, but it warned that “this is a serious incident with potential to undermine [the] integrity of the reactor’s containment system”.

IAEA head Rafael Grossi specified there had been “at least three direct hits” against the plant’s “main reactor containment structures”.

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