Ukraine's state energy operation announced on Monday that a Russian missile landed just 1,000 feet from Ukraine's second-largest nuclear power plant.
The moment was captured on video and shared by Ukraine's Defense Ministry via its social channels, and according to reports, the missile strike occurred at 12:19 am local time at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant that's located in the Mykolaiv region. The video showcases the purported Russian missile striking the land near the power plant and causing a large initial explosion, followed by a smaller explosion.
Ukraine's Defense Ministry wrote on Twitter that "Russian terrorists" attempted to strike the facility, and that "Russia is a threat to the whole world". This isn't the first time that conflict between Ukraine and Russia has revolved around nuclear power plants, as both nations were engaging in combat near and around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
Missile strikes and shelling were reported around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which resulted in the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), becoming involved. The IAEA warned against any conflict around any nuclear facilities, and after visiting Zaporizhzhia, it concluded that the nuclear reactors were undamaged and operating as intended. However, international nuclear power plant inspects did say that any reckless shelling that impacts the plant will cause a nuclear disaster, and for that reason, it urged all conflict to cease around the plant/s.
"While we have recently focused on the urgent need for action to prevent a nuclear accident at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant - establishing an IAEA presence there earlier this month - today's explosion near the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant all too clearly demonstrates the potential dangers also at other nuclear facilities in the country. Any military action that threatens nuclear safety and security is unacceptable and must stop immediately," said IAEA Director Rafael Mariano Grossi in a statement.
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