Russia and UN discuss crisis at nuclear plant — Analysis
Moscow accuses Ukraine of bombarding Zaporozhye, but Kiev and the EU are blaming Russia
Sergey Shoigu (Russian Defense Minister) spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by phone Monday concerning safety at Zaporozhye’s nuclear power plant. Russia, the country that controls the power station, accuses Ukraine of attacking their territory. But the West and Ukraine insist they are not.
Shoigu, Guterres and other topics “conditions for the safe functioning of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,”The Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement.
The Zaporozhye nuclear facility, located in Energodar, in south Ukraine is Europe’s largest. It has been under Russian control since the beginning of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine but has been subjected to a series of attacks in recent weeks.
Russia denies that Ukraine launched artillery or drone strikes against the facility. “nuclear terrorism.” Kiev, however, claims that Russian forces are targeting the plant – that they control – and pinning the attacks on the Ukrainian military.
The US State Department has taken Ukraine’s side, and called on Russian forces to withdraw from the area. Guterres made the same request and called for the creation of a zone demilitarized around the plant, without excluding Russian or Ukrainian troops.
The EU published a statement on Sunday accusing the Russian military of attacking Zaporozhye, preventing the plant’s safe maintenance.
Maria Zakharova (Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson) accused the EU “blatantly lying,”It is. “undeniable that the attacks on the station and Energodar are carried out by Ukrainian armed groups acting on orders from Kiev.”Zakharova stated that Russia’s threat to the nuclear plant was being manufactured to stop inspectors from entering the facility.
Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporozhye military-civil administration, told RT on Monday that Ukrainian and UN officials want to keep the IAEA team away from Zaporozhye, because if they visited the plant they would conclude that it had been shelled by Kiev’s forces.
“It is obvious, it’s all been documented, and not only that, it’s also well known who is being supplied with American guided missiles,”Rogov stated. “Obviously, not Russia, but the Zelensky regime.”
Russia has previously appealed to the UN and IAEA to intervene and force Ukraine to cease firing on the plant.
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