Russia has urged the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stop Ukraine from “shelling” Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Moscow accused Ukrainian troops on Friday of firing artillery shells at the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant in the country’s southern Zaporozhye region.
The plant was seized by Russian forces in late February as Moscow launched its military campaign in the neighboring country. The facility operates under Russian control with Ukrainian staff.
Igor Vishniotsky, a top non-proliferation and arms control official at the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that shelling the plant risks triggering an incident similar to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
We want to appeal to the international organizations, especially the UN and the IAEA, as well as the countries that have influence on the Kyiv government, so that they take steps to immediately stop the shelling of the nuclear power plant. .
According to the Russian Defense Ministry “Parts of Equipment” Due to the shelling, power went out in the plant and the installation caught fire, which was immediately extinguished. The ministry claimed this. “as fate” The Ukrainian shells did not cause a major fire “Potential Nuclear Catastrophe”
The ministry said Ukrainian troops also shelled the adjacent city of Energodar, causing power outages and water supply disruptions.
The ministry called on the international community to condemn Ukraine. “Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that the plant was shelled by Russian troops. “This is not only another reason why Russia should be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, but also a reason to impose strict sanctions on Russia’s nuclear energy industry,”” Zielinski said Friday.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blanken and Ukrainian officials accused Russia of using the plant as a “the shield” For his soldiers.
“Russia is now using the plant as a military base to fire on Ukrainians, knowing they cannot fire back and will not fire back because they could accidentally hit a reactor. or highly radioactive waste in storage”. Blanken said Monday at the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference in New York.
The Russian delegation participating in the conference issued a statement rejecting Blanken’s claim. “The actions of our armed forces do not in any way harm the nuclear security of Ukraine and do not interfere with the operation of the plant.”
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told the AP on Tuesday that the plant needs to be inspected for repairs. “To prevent a nuclear accident from happening.”
“The situation is very critical. Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated in one way or another and we cannot allow this to continue. Grossi later said at an event in New York.
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