Russia says Ukraine shelled area of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant three times

FILE PHOTO: Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant near Enerhodar

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry on Saturday accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant complex three times in the last 24 hours.

Reuters could not verify the battlefield report, and there was no immediate response from Kyiv to the allegation.

Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for shelling near the plant, which on Thursday sparked fires in the ash pits of a nearby coal power station that disconnected the plant from the power grid.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by John Stonestreet)