Russia continues to warn of nuclear disaster danger

Russia continues to warn of nuclear disaster danger

 "Kiev's reckless actions are pushing the world closer to a major nuclear catastrophe," Nebenzia told the Security Council on Thursday. The Zaporozhye power plant has been under the control of Russian forces since the beginning of the conflict between Moscow and Kiev. Russia continues to warn of the dangers of a nuclear catastrophe amid continued attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. 

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia conveyed a warning about the potential disaster to the United Nations Security Council. "We have repeatedly warned our Western counterparts that, if they fail to speak sensibly about the Kiev regime, it will take the most heinous and reckless steps, which will have consequences far beyond Ukraine," Nebenzia said. "That's exactly what happened," he said, adding that Kiev's Western "sponsors" should bear responsibility for a potential nuclear disaster that is said to be like Chernobyl. 

According to Nebenzia, the disaster at the Zaporozhye power plant – the largest in Europe – could cause radioactive pollution in large parts of the region, affecting at least eight regions of Ukraine, including the capital, Kiev, major cities such as Kharkov or Odessa, and parts of Russia and Belarus. bordering Ukraine. "The Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics, as well as Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria are likely to suffer as well," he said. "And this is the expert's most optimistic estimate," Nebenzia said, adding that the scale of a potential nuclear catastrophe of such magnitude is difficult to imagine. 

The Zaporozhye plant, located in the Russian-held Ukrainian city of Energodar, has been the target of a series of attacks over the past few weeks. Mutual accusations ensued. Moscow accused Kiev of launching artillery and drone strikes at the facility, calling the move "nuclear terrorism." 

Meanwhile Kiev has claimed that Russia was targeting the plant in an alleged plot to discredit Ukraine while stationing its troops at the facility. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, told the Security Council that the situation at the plant was under control and that there was no immediate danger to its safety. At the same time, he called the reports his agency received from Russia and Ukraine contradictory and urged both sides to grant the IAEA access to the facility as soon as possible. "I call on both sides to cooperate ... and allow the IAEA mission to continue," he said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called for any military activity in the vicinity of the factory to be halted when the Security Council convenes its meeting.

“The facility should not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, urgent agreement is needed at a technical level on safe demilitarized boundaries to ensure the security of the area," the UN secretary general said in a statement. Urges also came from China, reminding all interested parties to sit down at the negotiating table and find a solution to this problem. Meanwhile, the US has placed all the blame squarely on Russia.

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