The UN nuclear energy agency says Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear plant has suffered “strong explosions”.

Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the surrounding area were rocked by “strong explosions” on Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

The bombing caused damage to buildings and equipment at the facility, the largest nuclear plant in Europe, but there were no reports of casualties, according to the plant’s management.

“The news from our team yesterday and this morning is very disturbing,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said on Sunday.

“There have been explosions at the site of this major nuclear plant, which is totally unacceptable. Whoever is behind this, must stop immediately. As I said many times before, you are playing with fire!”

A Russian armored all-terrain vehicle is parked outside the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant during a visit by the IAEA expert mission.
(Reuters/Alexander Ermoshenko/file photo)

Russia and Ukraine again blamed each other for the attacks. Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator Energoatom accused Russia of trying to “damage or destroy as much of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure as possible” before winter, while Russia accused Ukrainian forces of bombing the power lines supplying the plant with electricity.

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The facility was occupied by Russia from the early days of the war, although it was still run by Ukrainian staff.

A rescuer of Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry attends an exercise in the city of Zaporizhia on August 17, 2022, in case of a possible nuclear accident at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant located near the city.

A rescuer of Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry attends an exercise in the city of Zaporizhia on August 17, 2022, in case of a possible nuclear accident at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant located near the city.
(DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian forces also bombed civilian infrastructure in the Zaporizhia region on Sunday, destroying 30 homes.

In Kherson, roughly 120 miles southwest of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, an oil depot was hit by two Russian missiles on Saturday, starting a massive fire. The southern city, which had recently been recaptured by Ukrainian forces, was also hit by tank shells and other artillery.

A Ukrainian soldier walks past a kindergarten building that was damaged during a Russian missile attack in the village of Novoleksandrivka in the Kherson region of Ukraine.

A Ukrainian soldier walks past a kindergarten building that was damaged during a Russian missile attack in the village of Novoleksandrivka in the Kherson region of Ukraine.
(Reuters/Valentin Ogirienko)

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Zelensky said the planned blackouts would also occur in 15 regions and in the capital Kyiv on Monday.

“Restoration of networks and technical supply capabilities, demining of power transmission lines, repairs – everything is going around the clock,” Zelensky said in his Sunday evening address.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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