Howitzers started shelling on the Ukrainian town of Nikopol from the side of Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
Experts have repeatedly raised an alarm over the plant being in an active combat zone. The International Atomic Energy Agency has underlined that the current situation poses a grave risk of a nuclear catastrophe.
About the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant –
- Located in southern Ukraine on the banks of Kakhovka reservoir on the Dnipro (Dnieper) river.
- Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant is Europe’s largest, and 10th biggest in the world.
- Before the war started, it produced half of Ukraine’s power with a total capacity of 5,700 MW. The plant has six reactors with a capacity of 950 MW each.
- Geographically, the plant is located 200-km from Russia-annexed Crimea, and 500-odd km from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
- It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world. The plant has 6 VVER-1000 pressurised light water nuclear reactors (PWR).