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UN is aware of who shells largest nuclear plant in Europe – Moscow

Russia has repeatedly accused Ukraine of concentrating on the positioning, risking a nuclear catastrophe

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is properly conscious of who precisely is shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear energy plant (ZNPP), Russia’s ambassador to UN organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, instructed RIA on Thursday.

“Four IAEA representatives are currently at the plant [and] they are well aware of where the fire comes from,” the official stated. Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of shelling the ZNPP, whereas Kiev maintains it’s a Russian “false-flag” operation. The Ukrainian army overtly admitted concentrating on the ZNPP space in September.

“We are publicly saying that it is high time one called a spade a spade,” Ulyanov stated within the wake of renewed shelling this week, which put it susceptible to a nuclear catastrophe, in keeping with Moscow.

“IAEA Director General [Rafael Grossi] avoids making any direct statements so far, possibly because the IAEA Charter lacks … a mandate … of determining the guilty party in such situations,” Ulyanov instructed RIA. The official believes {that a} direct name from the UN nuclear watchdog for Ukraine to cease shelling the ability plant would “certainly” contribute to easing tensions across the facility.

Russia is able to “use every means at our disposal, to ensure the security” of the IAEA specialists stationed on the energy plant, Ulyanov stated, including that they’re much safer there than within the close by metropolis of Energodar, which can also be “regularly and massively shelled.” 

His phrases got here simply days after additional shelling of the ZNPP, which prompted the pinnacle of the Russian nuclear vitality company, Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, to warn in regards to the threat of a “nuclear disaster.” Moscow additionally contacted the IAEA and requested it to publicly determine these behind the assault.

Grossi met Likhachev in Türkiye on Wednesday, the place the IAEA chief referred to as for a “nuclear safety and security protection zone” across the plant – one thing his company has been pushing for since September. According to Ulyanov, consultations on a draft proposal introduced by the IAEA are nonetheless ongoing. Moscow has already provided its recommendations for the doc whereas Kiev has but to take action, the Russian diplomat defined.

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