Ukrainian drone attacks Russian town close to major Nuclear Plant in a new attack by Ukrainian forces. Russian officials reported that a town in western Russia, home to a major nuclear power station, experienced an attack by a Ukrainian drone. Russian authorities confirmed that there was no damage to the nuclear plant.
Governor Roman Starovoit provided details of the incident, explaining that a Ukrainian drone had caused damage to a building’s exterior in Kurchatov town. Kurchatov is located just a short distance from the Kursk nuclear power station. Initially, Governor Starovoit mentioned the presence of two drones but later clarified that there was only one.
Governor Starovoit emphasized that there were no casualties in the incident. However, he did not mention any potential harm to the Kursk nuclear power plant.
The Kursk nuclear power station, established during the Soviet era, is equipped with graphite-moderated reactors similar to those found at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The 1986 Chernobyl plant explosion and fire constituted the world’s most severe nuclear accident, spreading radiation across Europe. Russia’s state nuclear corporation reports that the Kursk facility has three operational RBMK-1000 reactors, with one reactor shut down.
Both Russia and Ukraine have previously made accusations against each other regarding plans to target Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. Russian forces seized control of this station, Europe’s largest nuclear facility featuring six reactors, in the days following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
In another incident, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reported that Moscow successfully shot down a drone approaching the city on Friday morning. This incident led to a temporary disruption of flights at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport. In the western Russian region of Belgorod, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported the interception and downing of another drone.