Russia’s Defence Ministry says it may shut down Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant if shelling continues

By Thomson Reuters Aug 18, 2022 | 3:56 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine may be shut down if Ukrainian forces continue shelling the facility, something Kyiv has denied doing.

In a briefing, Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s radioactive, chemical and biological defence forces, said the plant’s back-up support systems had been damaged as a result of shelling. Kirillov said that in the event of an accident at the plant, radioactive material would cover Germany, Poland and Slovakia.

The Zaporizhzhia plant was seized by Russian forces in March. It remains close to front lines, and has repeatedly come under shelling in recent weeks. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for strikes on the plant.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Mark Heinrich)