Conflicts around the nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region continue to cause concern. Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for the attacks, while the UN called on both sides to withdraw from the region.
Fierce fighting is raging near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, located in Zaporizhia, in southern Ukraine . While The Nuclear Facility And Its Surroundings, Which Came Under The Control Of Russia in March, have been frequently targeted since 4 August, the parties again blamed each other.
UKRAINE: SENSORS DAMAGED
The Ukrainian Atomic Energy Agency announced that Russian artillery launched an artillery attack near the power plant yesterday. In the statement made by the agency, it was stated that at least 10 cannons hit the area around the power plant, and that some radiation sensors were damaged as a result of the attack. It has been noted that there has been no radiation leakage in the reactors at the facility for the time being. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the Russian army of using the power plant as a provocation. “What the Russians are doing now is more dangerous than the Soviet authorities trying to hide the Chernobyl disaster,” Zelensky said. “They are doing everything they can to maximize the risk of nuclear disaster,” he said.
RUSSIA: RADIATION LEVEL NORMAL
Russia blamed the Ukrainian army for the attack. “Zelensky’s militants once again hit the area near the nuclear facility with their missiles,” said Vladimir Rogov, the local official appointed by Russia to the Zaporozhye region. The Russian side also announced that the attack did not damage the power plant and that “radiation levels are normal”.
UNITED NATIONS: BOTH SIDES SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE REGION
United Nations ( UN ) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on both sides to “withdraw military personnel and equipment from the facility and refrain from deploying more forces on the ground.” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) President Rafael Grossi stated that the crisis had reached serious dimensions and said that “the institution should be allowed to inspect the power plant as soon as possible”.