Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has again urged Russia to withdraw its soldiers from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. He once again warned of the consequences of a possible nuclear catastrophe. Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, occupied by Russia, has been under fire for days. Ukraine and Russia blame each other for this.
EU, Turkey and Georgia in imminent danger
Zelenskyy said in a video message distributed in Kyiv on Monday evening: “Any radioactive incident at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant could also become a blow to the states of the European Union and to Turkey and to Georgia and to the states of more distant regions. Everything depends only on the direction and strength of the wind”.
He demanded that Russia withdraw from the power plant without conditions. At the same time, he reiterated his demands from the weekend for sanctions against the Russian nuclear company Rosatom and the entire nuclear industry of the “terrorist state”.
Selenskyj asks for support
The international community must act, he stressed. “If the world doesn’t muster the strength and determination now to protect a nuclear facility, it means the world will lose,” Zelensky said. It is about protection against radioactive contamination. According to the Russian side, no increased radiation levels have been measured so far.
Ukraine accuses Russia of “nuclear terrorism” with the shelling. Russian occupation representative Vladimir Rogov said the shots were fired by Ukrainian “terrorists”. He had also proposed a cease-fire. However, Russia refuses to hand over the nuclear power plant. According to its own statements, Kyiv has already attacked the power plant site with combat drones.
Ukraine has accused Russian troops of using the nuclear power plant as a fortress to fire on the small towns of Nikopol and Marhanets across the Dnipro Dam. Russia, on the other hand, claims that Ukraine is shelling the facility with drones, heavy artillery and rocket launchers. In most cases, the Russian air force intercepts the projectiles, it said. Nevertheless, infrastructure has already been hit in the area of the nuclear waste storage facility there.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warns of an escalation and would like independent experts to assess the situation on site.
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