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New Russian attacks on city near Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant

Lviv, Ukraine, Sep 1 (EFE).- The Russians have launched renewed attacks against Enerhodar, a satellite city near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, causing injuries to several civilians, the city’s former mayor said Thursday.

Dmytro Orlov, who was mayor of the city before it was captured by Moscow, said on Telegram that “since five o’clock in the morning, constant mortar attacks on the city have not stopped.”

“It is known that several civilian objects were hit,” he added.

The Ukrainian official said that following the attack, “the emergency protection was activated and the operating 5th power unit was shut down.”

The plant, the largest in Europe and the third in the world, has been occupied by Russian troops since Mar. 4 although it is currently operated by Ukrainian officials.

The facilities have suffered various attacks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, for which Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other, and have led to concerns about the risk of a nuclear accident.

On Wednesday, experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived at the plant to begin an inspection of the facilities on the following day. EFE

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