On Saturday, Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency raised great concerns after the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Rafael Grossi said in a statement. The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency is leading all sides in the Ukraine conflict to exercise “maximum restraint” in the vicinity of the plant.
Rafael Grossi said in a statement that he is deeply concerned about the bombing of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which underlines the grave danger of a nuclear catastrophe and could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and abroad.
On Friday, shelling hit high-capacity power lines inside the station complex, forcing its operators to disconnect one of the reactors, although no radioactive leakage was detected.
The Ukrainian state nuclear energy company, Energoatom, blamed the damage to the Zaporizhzhia power plant on a Russian shelling, while the Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukrainian forces of attacking the plant, saying that “a coincidence was behind the absence of a radioactive leak.”
Grossi said that this military act, which threatened the safety and security of the plant station, was “totally unacceptable and must be avoided at all costs.”
It is noteworthy that on July 21, Russia accused the Ukrainian forces of launching drone strikes near this nuclear reactor, while Kyiv confirmed that Moscow stored heavy weapons and explosives on the territory over which the central reactor extends.