LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s FSB security service on Tuesday accused Ukraine “saboteurs” of repeatedly blowing up power poles running from a nuclear reactor complex in the Kursk region in the south of the country. Russia, disrupting factory operations.
In a statement, the FSB said sabotage groups targeted six high-voltage poles connected to the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant on August 4, 9, and 12, resulting in a “breach” in the factory operations.
“With the cooperation of the (National Guard), measures have been taken to strengthen the protection of nuclear power facilities,” the FSB statement said.
Reuters was unable to immediately verify the report.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kursk is about 90 kilometers (55 miles) from the Ukrainian border and is one of several Russian cities to have suffered explosions at fuel depots and ammunition dumps since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly six months ago.
Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility but has described the incidents as “karma”.
Since the start of the war, concerns have grown about the safety of nuclear infrastructure, with Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in the Russian-occupied region of southern Ukraine regularly under shelling attacks.
Both Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of increasing the risk of a nuclear accident. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to all military activity near the Zaporizhzhia reactor complex.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Moscow blamed Ukraine’s sabotage on explosions at a military base in the annexed Crimea region. Ukraine has not officially confirmed or denied responsibility for the explosions.