At night, two explosions were heard near the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported. Experts clarified that the shock wave broke the windows at the plant, but no other damage was recorded, and the station continues to operate as normal.
IAEA experts present at the nuclear power plant in western Ukraine reported that air raid sirens went off at 1.26 local time, followed by two loud explosions in the morning. They were subsequently informed that two drones were shot down at a distance of approximately 5 and 20 kilometers from the site, respectively, the Agency said in a statement.
Earlier, the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, emphasized that what happened demonstrates the extremely unstable situation with nuclear safety in Ukraine. The fact that numerous windows at the plant were destroyed shows how close to the nuclear power plant the explosions occurred, Grossi said. Strikes on the territory of the enterprise must be avoided at all costs, otherwise next time you may be unlucky, the agency’s general director emphasized.
Grossi also said that Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky personally promised him not to attack the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.