Zelenskyy to NATO: Protect nuclear facilities from Russian sabotage
With the escalation of the risk of targeted strikes Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern UkraineUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to NATO to protect the country’s nuclear facilities.
In a speech he delivered to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Madrid via video link today, Monday, he called on the member states to ensure the protection of his country’s nuclear facilities against Russian sabotage, “so he said.”
He added: “We all must ensure protection against Russian sabotage of nuclear facilities,” according to Reuters.
The appeal came after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed concern earlier today about the renewed bombing of the Zaporizhya railway station.
He also called on other countries to use their influence to end attacks on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (Reuters)
Yesterday Russia and Ukraine exchanged allegations that they have been bombing the Moscow-controlled sprawling station in southern Ukraine since last March.
While the Russian Defense Ministry was of the opinion that Kyiv “is not ceasing its provocations aimed at increasing the risk of a man-made disaster in Zaporizhia,” Ukraine’s atomic energy agency Energoatom blamed Russia for the bombing.
For his part, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, warned of these bombings as the situation was very dangerous and called for an end to “this madness” without blaming Russian or Ukrainian forces for it.
It is noteworthy that this complex is an important source of electricity supply for Ukraine, since this station, located on the southern bank of a huge reservoir on the Dnipro River separating Russian and Ukrainian forces, supplies the country with more than 20 % of its electricity needs.
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