The CEO of the Russian state nuclear energy company, Alexei Likhachev, warned on Monday about the Danger of nuclear catastrophe at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe and under the control of Russian troops, after renewed bombing last weekend.
“We are informing the international community that the facility is threatened by a nuclear disaster and Kyiv clearly believes that a small nuclear incident would be acceptable.” As reported by the official Russian news agency TASS, he referred to journalists in the Black Sea city of Sochi.
“But the radiation will not ask Kyiv what kind of incident they want. It will set a precedent that will change the course of history forever. Therefore, everything must be done so that no one can even think about endangering the safety of nuclear power plants,” Likhachev said.
This was announced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Sunday Bombings with impacts in the immediate vicinity of the facility Nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine, which it considers “unacceptable” although so far they have not caused any critical damage to the safety of the facilities.
IAEA Director-General Mariano Grossi said in a statement that it was there both on Saturday evening and Sunday morning “loud explosions” near the nuclear power plant.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on the previous day that the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired on Saturday 11 large caliber shells at the plant’s premises and that on Sunday morning Ukrainian troops from the Kyiv-controlled town of Marganets in the Dnepropetrovsk region fired twice at the perimeter of the plant.
Three of the 14 shells fired on Sunday hit between the fourth and fifth reactor, and one hit the roof of engineering building number two, according to the military institution.
“It must be of great concern. at the IAEA and we see that they are concerned. We urge them and the countries of the world to use their influence to persuade the Ukrainian armed forces to stop doing this,” Russian Presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in his daily press briefing on Monday.