A Russian bombing of the city of Voznessensk, in southern Ukraine, left 12 civilians injured, including four children, this Saturday (20). The affected site is 30 kilometers from the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, the second largest nuclear power plant in the country, according to Ukrainian authorities.
The region The target of the attack raises concerns about the risk of major accidents, which could lead to radioactive contamination in a large area.
This Saturday’s bombing damaged several houses and a building of apartments, informed by Telegram the governor of the Mykolaiv region, Vitaliy Kim, as reported by G1. Anti-aircraft alerts sounded repeatedly throughout the day in the affected area.
“It is possible that the missile was aimed specifically at the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, from which the Russian army tried to take over the control at the beginning of March,” said in a statement the company Energoatom, which operates the four Ukrainian nuclear plants.
Russia did not immediately react to this accusation. No damage was reported at the Pivdennoukrainsk plant, the second in the country after Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine.
During a telephone conversation on Friday (19), the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and France, Emmanuel Macron, agreed to organize “as soon as possible” an inspection of the Ukrainian nuclear plant in Zaporijia, the target of recent bombings.
According to the French government, Putin accepted that the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “pass through Ukraine”. The Russian leader “emphasized that the systematic bombingof the territory of the Zaporijia nuclear power plant creates a danger of a large-scale disaster, which could lead to radioactive contamination of vast territories”, according to the Kremlin.
Kiev and Moscow accuse each other of dangerous bombings at the site. The Ukrainian government says that Russian troops are shooting at the nuclear plant to accuse Kiev of these bombings.
NATO denounces that the Russian occupation of the nuclear power plant Zaporijia “poses a serious threat to facilities [e] increases the risk of a nuclear accident or incident” in Europe.