Ukraine shelled Zaporizhzhia plant on Sunday, Russia says

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Ukraine warns of fresh 'provocations', shelling near occupied nuclear plant
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<div> <p><span class="caps">MOSCOW</span> – Russia’s defence ministry said on Monday that Ukraine had shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, the biggest in Europe, on Aug. 7, damaging high-voltage power lines and forcing the plant to reduce its output.</p> <p>In its daily military briefing, the defence ministry said Ukraine had shelled the power station at around 12:40 p.m. (0940 <span class="caps">GMT</span>) from positions near the town of Marhanets.</p> <p>The shelling damaged a high-voltage power line supplying electricity to the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions – parts of which are under Russian control – in southern Ukraine, the ministry said.</p> <p>A power surge also occurred as a result of the shelling, Moscow said, triggering a safety system that cut off the power supply, it added.</p> <p>Kyiv has denied attacking the plant. Ukraine’s state nuclear power company Energoatom said on Sunday that a worker had been wounded when Russian forces shelled the power station on Saturday evening.</p> <p>Reuters was unable to verify the battlefield reports.</p> <p>Russia also said it had reduced the output of two of the reactors to “prevent disruption”, and that fire crews had extinguished a source of smoke.</p> <p>A Russian-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region had said earlier on Monday that the facility was working normally.</p> <p/> </div>