In a report published on Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency called for the establishment of a “safety zone” to prevent any nuclear accident at the Ukrainian nuclear plant occupied by Russian forces, warning that “the status quo cannot continue.”
In a 52-page report, the UN body stressed that “it is urgent to take temporary measures”, calling for the “establishment of a nuclear security zone” in this complex in southern Ukraine.
The agency stressed that “the bombing operations in and around the site must stop to avoid causing further damage to the facilities,” noting the “extreme conditions of tension” in which the Ukrainian crew works at the station under the supervision of Russian forces. .
This station has been bombed several times in recent weeks, raising fears of a serious nuclear accident, at a time when Kyiv and Moscow are exchanging accusations in this regard.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the report. In his daily video message, he said: “The report refers to the presence of Russian military equipment in the nuclear power plant complex, the pressure exerted on our personnel there, and clearly refers to the Russian military occupation. . This is a good thing.”
On Tuesday, Russia accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the area around the station again.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that “in the last 24 hours, the Ukrainian armed forces fired artillery 15 times at the city of Energodar and the area (in close proximity) to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” the largest in Europe.
On Tuesday, during a meeting of the UN Security Council, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations regretted that the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Zaporizhia refrained from accusing Ukraine, which Moscow considers responsible for the bombing of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant.
“We regret not directly mentioning the source of these bombings… in your report,” Vasily Nebenzia said, adding that the report presented by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency was a “confirmation” that the ” The only threat to this site came “from bombing and sabotage operations carried out by the Ukrainian armed forces.”
“Russian provocations in Energodar, around the site of the nuclear power plant, will not succeed,” Andrey Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, said on Twitter. “Russian forgery doesn’t work,” he added.
In a phone call with Zelensky after he took office, Liz Truss promised “full support” for Ukraine.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Truss “assures the Ukrainian leader that he has his full support and that Ukraine can count on the UK’s support.”