With the growing risks of attacks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on NATO to protect his country’s nuclear sites.
In a speech delivered in video conference in front of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid today, on Monday, he urged member states to ensure the protection of nuclear power plants in his country from Russian sabotage.
He also added: “We must all ensure protection from Russian sabotage of nuclear facilities,” according to Reuters.
This appeal came after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov today expressed concern over the new bombing of Zaporizhya station.
He also called on other countries to use their influence to help end attacks on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Yesterday Russia and Ukraine exchanged accusations that they have been bombing the sprawling Moscow-controlled station in southern Ukraine since last March.
While the Russian Defense Ministry has deemed that Kiev “does not stop its provocations aimed at increasing the risk of a man-made catastrophe in Zaporizhia”, the Ukrainian nuclear energy agency “Energoatom” accused Russia of bombing .
For his part, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, put in guard against these bombings, deeming the situation to be very dangerous, and calling for an end to “this madness”, without holding Russian or Ukrainian forces accountable.
Interestingly, this complex is an important source of electricity supply to Ukraine, since that station, which is located on the southern bank of a huge reservoir on the Dnipro River, which separates Russian and Ukrainian forces, supplies the country with more of 20% of its electricity needs.
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