Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the U.N., has demanded an immediate end to all military actions around Zaporizhzhia Power Plant, the largest atomic power station in Europe, as Russian and Ukrainian officials accused each other of renewed attacks.
According to Ukraine’s nuclear power company, Enerhoatom, the Zaporizhzhia NPP was hit five times on August 11, including close to where radionuclides are stored. The IAEA, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, has cautioned about the strikes at the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhya atomic power station in southern Ukraine, saying the ongoing circumstances could lead to a nuclear incident.
According to TASS, a major Russian state-owned news agency, Moscow-installed officials, in the meantime, said the Ukrainian military struck Zaporizhzhia NPP twice, interrupting a shift changeover.
But, the two sides have blamed each other for striking the atomic plant and of nuclear terrorism act, with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency urging considerable caution around the atomic site. Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest atomic plant in Europe and among the ten largest in the world. In addition, it produces half of Ukraine’s atomic-derived electric power.
According to TASS, a major Russian state-owned news agency, Moscow-installed officials, in the meantime, said the Ukrainian military struck Zaporizhzhia NPP twice, interrupting a shift changeover. In a declaration before a UNSC meeting called by Moscow, the U.N. chief cautioned that any potential damage could cause disastrous consequences.
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Guterres said he’s very concerned about the unfolding situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia NPP. And Rafael Grossi, the U.N. nuclear chief, told the UNSC, one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, that the military actions around the nuclear facility were upsetting and demanded Kyiv and Moscow to immediately permit nuclear experts to determine the nature and extent of the loss, suffering as well as examine safety and security at the nuclear site because the situation had been worsening very quickly.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, asked European leaders to impose travel restrictions on Russians, an inkling that has gained support from some Western countries but angered the Kremlin, which continued forceful advancement with the brutal offensive in Ukraine’s east. In addition, the Ukrainian leader made a suggestion as Kyiv stopped Russian oil flows to some central European states amid sanctions-linked transit fee issues.