Satellite Images Show Damage to Building at Ukrainian Nuclear Plant

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  • New satellite images show damage to the roof of a building at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
  • The factory in the south of Ukraine, the largest in Europe, has been occupied by Russia for months.
  • It has also been the site of recent fighting, prompting watchdog organizations to raise concerns.

Satellite images released on Monday show local fires and damage to a building at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which Russian forces are using as a shield.

A photo taken by Maxar Technologies and obtained by Insider shows a handful of holes in the roof of a building near the power plant, which has been damaged by fires and explosions during ongoing fighting and shelling in the area. Some of the holes appear to have dark scorch marks around them, but it’s unclear what exactly caused them.

This image specifically shows the damage to the roof of a building at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

This image specifically shows the damage to the roof of a building at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.


Russian troops have been occupying the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, since early March. Since then, international watchdogs have continuously raised concerns that any fighting near the factory could lead to major disaster.

In recent weeks, hostilities and shelling around the plant have damaged the facility, disconnecting it from the local power grid. Ukraine’s state energy operator last week blamed Russia for the disconnection, which it said was the first in its decades-long history. Shelling earlier in August also led to a partial power outage at the plant.

The British Ministry of Defense, among others, has said in intelligence updates that Russian forces appear to be using the plant’s protective status as a shield, making Ukraine reluctant to attack because it does not want to risk a nuclear accident. Nuclear watchdogs, meanwhile, have raised the alarm that the safety and security of the plant must be ensured.

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday that the “day has come” for a mission to travel to the nuclear power plant to ensure and inspect its stability. He said the mission will arrive later this week.

Here are some other images of the Zaporizhzhia factory captured by Maxar on Monday, showing armored personnel carriers and smoke from nearby fires.

Armored personnel carriers at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant on August 29, 2022.

Armored personnel carriers at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant on August 29, 2022.

Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.


A look inside the reactors of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant on August 29, 2022.

A look inside the reactors of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant on August 29, 2022.

Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.


Overview of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant on August 29, 2022.

Overview of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant on August 29, 2022.

Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies.



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