A powerful explosion occurred at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IEA) reported this information on Sunday. Al-Jazeera news.

The IEA said in a statement: ‘There appears to be renewed shelling, both near and at the center of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. IEA experts at the GNPP reported to the agency’s headquarters that more than a dozen explosions were heard within a short period of time in the morning local time.

The IEA team could see some explosions from their windows, the statement added. But so far there have been no incidents of serious damage such as security breaches.

Russia blamed Ukraine for the explosion. They say Ukraine shelled the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Russian nuclear power operator Rosenargotham said the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant had come under Ukrainian shelling, but no radiation leaks had been detected.

The shells were fired near a dry nuclear waste storage facility and a building that contained fresh nuclear fuel, Russian news agency Tass reported, adviser Renat Karcha said.

The facility was captured by Russian forces shortly after the war began. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for shelling the nuclear power plant. This resulted in damaged buildings and the threat of a nuclear accident.

(20 November)