Ex-Russian president warns of ‘accidents’ at EU nuclear sites — Analysis

Moscow has warned of the dangers posed by Ukrainian strikes at a Russian-held nuclear plant.

Russia’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, has warned of possible “accidents”European nuclear facilities, and accuse the Ukrainian government also of risking their lives. “new Chernobyl”As its troops continue to wage attacks on a major power station,

Medvedev took to Telegram on Friday to sound alarms about the Zaporozhye nuclear plant – which was captured by Russian troops in late February and continues to be operated by local personnel – claiming that Ukrainian bombs were gradually inching closer to the facility.

“Kiev scumbags and their Western patrons seem ready to arrange a new Chernobyl. Rockets and shells are getting closer to the reactor of the Zaporozhye NPP and to the storage of radioactive isotopes,”He said.

The ex-president, who now serves in a senior position on Russia’s Security Council, went on to dismiss Ukrainian charges that Moscow itself is behind strikes near the plant, calling it “obvious, 100% nonsense, even for a dim-witted Russophobic public [in the West].”

World on the brink of nuclear catastrophe – Moscow

“They say that [Ukrainian attacks around Zaporozhye]are completely random. Like they didn’t want to,”He added, “What can I say… we should not forget that there are nuclear power plants in the European Union. And accidents are also possible there.”

Although it’s not clear what Medvedev was referring to regarding possible nuclear accidents in Europe, Vassily Nebenzia isn’t the only Russian official who has warned that military operations near nuclear sites could lead to catastrophic consequences. Moscow’s envoy to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, reiterated those concerns to the body’s Security Council on Thursday, saying Ukraine’s “criminal attacks” were “pushing the world to the brink of a nuclear disaster that would rival Chernobyl.”

The Zaporozhye facility is located in Energodar, a Russian-held town in south Ukraine. It has suffered a number of attacks in recent weeks. Moscow denies that Kiev launched artillery or drone strikes against the facility. “nuclear terrorism.” Ukraine, however, claims Russia is the one targeting the plant in an plot to discredit Ukraine’s war effort, also claiming Moscow has stationed troops at the facility to “shield”Keep them safe.

UN Security Council has condemned the attack “suicidal”It was. “extremely concerned”Concerning the current situation, a delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency will be sent to the facility to assist. “technical support”to prevent further escalation. Though Russia has urged the agency to brief the UN on the nuclear site, neither it nor Ukraine have responded to the IAEA’s offer.

According to IAEA data, Zaporozhye is Europe’s biggest plant and contains tens and tons of enriched and plutonium. After Russian forces seize the plant earlier this year, the nuclear watchdog was unable to gain access.

UN slams ‘suicidal’ nuclear plant attacks

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