Zelensky wants Russia sanctioned for ‘nuclear terror’ — Analysis
Russia asserts that the Ukrainian troops actually shelled a nuclear power station.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has called on Western governments to sanction Russia’s nuclear industry over Moscow’s supposed “nuclear terrorism.”In the meantime, Ukraine has been accused of attacking a Russian nuclear power station.
Zelensky tweeted Sunday’s post that he had talked to Charles Michel, the President of European Council. He briefed him about the current battlefield situation in Ukraine. “in particular at the Zaporozhskaya [Nuclear Power Plant].
“Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community,”Zelensky said that he would like the West to enforce these principles. “sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel.”
Russia accused Ukraine Saturday of firing missiles on the facility. Zaporozhskaya, which is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, is located in Ukraine’s southern Zaporozhye Region.
While Kiev’s claims have been echoed in the Western media, the plant has been under the control of Russian forces since late February, and Moscow on Friday accused Ukrainian forces of the shelling. Russia has asked the UN (and the International Atomic Energy Agency) (IAEA), to intervene to force Ukraine to stop its firing at the plant.
IAEA ‘alarmed’ over shelling at Europe’s largest nuclear plant
Although the EU has passed seven successive packages of sanctions on Russia since February, it has not targeted the country’s nuclear industry. Europe relies on Russia to provide around 20% of its uranium, and the state’s nuclear energy firm, Rosatom, operates plants in Hungary, Slovakia and Finland, though cooperation with the Russian firm has been suspended at the Finnish installation.
Rosatom and EDF have also been involved in a number of agreements.
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