The G7 Foreign Ministers called on Russia to immediately transfer the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) and all nuclear facilities in Ukraine to Kiev’s control.
“The Russian Federation must immediately withdraw its troops from within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and respect Ukraine’s territory and sovereignty,” a joint statement issued on Wednesday by the German Foreign Ministry, which holds the G7 presidency read.
The G7 top diplomates believe that Ukrainian staff operating theZaporozhye NPP must be able to carry out their duties without threats or pressure.
Russia stated that the bombardment of the nuclear power plant is an act of nuclear terrorism committed by the regime of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy.
“The Zelensky regime committed a new act of nuclear terrorism at energy infrastructure facilities of the Zaporozhye NPP to create a humanitarian disaster in the Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions,” Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov indicated that the shelling attack damaged the high-voltage electric power line that supplied electricity to the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions.
“The Zaporozhye NPP experienced a voltage surge that caused smoke at the station’s outdoor switchgear unit. The protection system was also activated, switching off electric power supply,” the spokesman noted.
Over the last week, Kiev and Moscow have been exchanging blames for the shelling of Zaporozhye NPP, which is the largest in Europe.
Zelenskyy called for a tougher international response to Russian “nuclear terror” in a phone call with European Council President Charles Michel.
Energoatom, the operator of the Zaporizhzhia NPP in the south of the country, affirmed that parts of the facility had been “seriously damaged” by military strikes and one of its reactors was forced to shut down.
Moreover, the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog expressed alarm over the shelling at the plant.