The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Argentine Rafael Grossi, is very concerned about the bombing this Friday in the largest atomic plant in Europe, under Russian occupation in Ukrainian territorywarned that “playing with fire” there is a risk of a “nuclear disaster”.
“Very concerned by yesterday’s bombing of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which underscores the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could damage public health and the media environment in Ukraine and, above all,“Grossi advised in a public statement in Vienna.
After the Eve attacks against the Zaporizhia nuclear power plantthe largest in europe, denounced by pro-russian authorities, moscow and kyiv accuse each other of putting the safety of the nuclear facility at risk.
Grossi recalls that, according to the Ukrainian authorities, there was no damage to the reactors themselves or radiological emissions, but there was damage to other parts of the plant.
The head of the UN nuclear agency considered it “completely unacceptable” to prevent the plant in general and assured that directing this type of project there is “playing with fire” and could have “potentially catastrophic consequences.”
“I make a strong and urgent appeal to all parties to exercise the utmost restraint in the vicinity of this important nuclear facility, with its six reactors,” he demanded.
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Grossi once again offered that the IAEA has proposed a sober verification mission on the ground and thus “prevent the situation from getting even more out of control.”
The director of the IAEA showed willingness in June to visit the plant under Russian control, but Ukraine vehemently criticized these planes, considering that the trip by the head of the UNO could mean some kind of legitimization of the Russian occupation.
The Argentine diplomat insisted that a “crucial” era was a mission to stabilize the situation at the nuclear power plant.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrested in a video message against Russia by stating that “the occupiers created another extremely dangerous situation for the whole of Europe: they bombed the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant twice.”
Moscow, which controlled this facility practically from the first days of its military campaign in Ukraine, questioned these statements and in turn described Kyiv as promoting “nuclear terrorism”.
“Ukraine’s attacks on nuclear facilities can be qualified under international law as acts of nuclear terrorism,” Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev confirmed on Telegram.
The pro-Russian authorities of the Zaporizhia region, partially occupied by the Russian Army, yesterday accused the Ukrainian forces of attacking the nuclear power plant with their artillery and damaging the power lines and industrial buildings of the plant.The attack causes the stoppage of one of the nuclear blocks after running out of electricity.