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Russia installs air defense systems at Zaporiyia nuclear power plant

News 360 logo News 360 09/08/2022 Daniel Stewart
Archive - AMP.-Ukraine.- Russia denounces at the UN that the fire at the Zaporiyia power plant was the work of "Ukrainian saboteurs". - DMYTRO SMOLYENKO / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO © Provided by News 360 Archive - AMP.-Ukraine.- Russia denounces at the UN that the fire at the Zaporiyia power plant was the work of "Ukrainian saboteurs". - DMYTRO SMOLYENKO / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The Russian military authorities have installed an air defense system at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, located in the Ukrainian region of the same name, which is currently the scene of fighting during the war.

Moscow and Kiev have accused each other of a series of offensives at the nuclear plant over the last few days, which has raised fears of a possible miscalculation leading to a catastrophe like the one experienced in 1986 at Chernobyl.

"The air defense systems of the nuclear power plant are being reinforced," explained the head of the military administration appointed by Moscow in the region, Yevhen Balitsky, in declarations to Russian state television.

The facility was the target of an attack last week that severed part of the plant's electrical connections. The Russian administration has confirmed that the damaged reactor units have been repaired and the plant is operating normally.

In early March, the Russian Army seized the facilities of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, one of the largest in Europe, which in the early stages of the war was already the scene of intense clashes.

The Ukrainian authorities warned on Tuesday that the consequences of a hypothetical nuclear catastrophe in Zaporiyia would be up to ten times greater than those of the Chernobyl accident.

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