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Ukraine dangers repeating Chernobyl catastrophe, Russia warns

Russia has urged the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to make Ukraine cease the “shelling” of Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant.

Moscow accused Ukrainian troops of firing artillery shells on the Zaporozhskaya Nuclear Power Plant within the nation’s southern Zaporozhye Region on Friday.

The plant was seized by Russian forces in late February, when Moscow launched its army marketing campaign within the neighboring nation. The facility continues to function with Ukrainian employees beneath Russian management.

Igor Vishnevetsky, a senior non-proliferation and arms management official on the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that the shelling of the plant dangers triggering an occasion just like the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.

We wish to enchantment to worldwide organizations, particularly to the UN and the IAEA, in addition to to the nations which have affect on the Kiev regime, so they’d take motion as a way to make the shelling of the nuclear energy plant cease instantly.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, “parts of the equipment” on the plant are out of energy as a result of shelling, and a fireplace broke out on the facility and was shortly put out. The ministry claimed that “by sheer luck,” the Ukrainian shells didn’t trigger an even bigger fireplace and “a possible nuclear disaster.” 

The ministry mentioned that Ukrainian troops additionally shelled the adjoining metropolis of Energodar, inflicting energy outages and disruptions of water provide.

The ministry known as on the worldwide neighborhood to sentence Ukraine for “the acts of nuclear terrorism.” 

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claimed that the shelling of the plant got here from Russian troops. “It is not only yet another reason why Russia should be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism, but also a reason to impose tough sanctions on all of Russia’s nuclear power industry,” Zelensky mentioned on Friday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian officers earlier accused Russia of utilizing the plant as a “shield” for its troopers.

“Russia is now using the plant as a military base to fire at Ukrainians, knowing that they can’t and won’t shoot back because they might accidentally strike a reactor or highly radioactive waste in storage,” Blinken mentioned on Monday at a UN nuclear non-proliferation convention in New York.

The Russian delegation to the convention launched an announcement rejecting Blinken’s declare. “The actions of our Armed Forces don’t damage Ukraine’s nuclear safety in any way and cause no obstacles to the plant’s operation.”

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi instructed AP on Tuesday that the plant must be inspected for repairs and “to prevent a nuclear accident from happening.”

“The situation is very fragile. Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated one way or the other and we cannot allow that to continue,” Grossi mentioned later at an occasion in New York.

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