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UN’s nuclear watchdog chief condemns shelling at Zaporizhzhia plant

ZURICH: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) raised grave issues on Saturday (Aug 6) concerning the shelling the day prior to this at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in Ukraine, saying the motion confirmed the chance of a nuclear catastrophe.

Both sides accused one another on Saturday of partaking in “nuclear terrorism”. Ukraine’s state nuclear energy firm Energoatom blamed Russia for the injury whereas Russia’s defence ministry accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the plant.

“I’m extremely concerned by the shelling yesterday at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster,” IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi stated in an announcement.

Grossi, who leads the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, urged all sides within the Ukraine battle to train the “utmost restraint” across the plant.

Shells hit a high-voltage energy line on Friday at the power, prompting its operators to disconnect a reactor regardless of no radioactive leak being detected. The plant was captured by Russian forces in early March within the opening stage of the warfare however it’s nonetheless run by its Ukrainian technicians.

Energoatom stated Russia needed to disconnect the station from the Ukrainian electrical energy system and trigger blackouts within the south of the nation. Moscow’s forces, it stated, had positioned weapons and explosives in two of the power-generating models and mined the shoreline exterior the plant.

“It is highly probable that all of this will cause a nuclear and radiation disaster,” it stated in an announcement on Saturday.

Russia’s defence ministry stated injury to the plant had solely been prevented due to the “skilful, competent and effective actions” of its models.

Grossi stated that navy motion jeopardising the security and safety of the Zaporizhzhia plant “is completely unacceptable and must be avoided at all costs”.