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Ukrainian officials said that Russian forces bombed areas around the nuclear power plant near the town of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhya region.

Ukrainian nuclear power company Energoatom said Russian forces had bombed a power plant, and the town is now largely without electricity.

“The water intake station is not working either – there is no water in the city,” Energoatom said via Telegram.

Energoatom also claimed that a Russian missile hit the grounds of the nuclear power plant.

“Three direct hits were recorded at the plant site,” Energoattom said, claiming that one of them was “near one of the power units where the nuclear reactor is located.”

“The fire risk is high. Currently, there are no casualties,” she said.

It is not possible to confirm Energoatom’s claims about damage to or near the plant, which occupies a large site. Much of the recent Russian fire originated in the area near the factory and targeted the Ukrainian city of Nikopol across the Dnipro River.

“The crew of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia NPP is on the site and takes all measures to ensure nuclear and radiological safety and eliminate the consequences of damage,” Energoatom said.

Earlier on Friday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense reiterated Ukraine’s military accusations that Russian forces were using a nuclear power plant to fire on military outposts across the river, but other Western officials downplayed the danger.

complex situation: International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the situation at the plant was “totally out of control.”

Russia captured the plant, Europe’s largest nuclear plant, in the early days of the war on March 5. A week later, on March 12, a team of officials and technicians from the Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, arrived at the site. To help run the plant and help with repairs, according to Energoatom.

The situation at the plant has remained complicated since then, with Ukrainian and Russian employees working side by side. Communications between the station and the IAEA were sporadic.

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