Russia must take responsibility for an “act of terror”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday after Moscow and Kiev accused each other of shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
TASR took over the report from the AFP agency.
Russia has previously accused Ukrainian forces of attacking the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and Zelenskyi’s government of “nuclear terrorism”.
“Today, the occupiers took care of another extremely risky situation for the whole of Europe: they hit the Zaporizhia Atomic Power Plant twice. Any bombing of this place is a shameless crime, an act of terror,Zelenskyi said in his video speech.
“Russia must take responsibility for the very fact that it is creating a threat to the nuclear power plant. And this is not just another argument in favor of recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. It’s also an argument in favor of applying tough sanctions to Russia’s entire nuclear industry — starting with that [ruskou štátnou jadrovou spoločnosťou] Rosatom, up to all related companies and individuals,” declared the Ukrainian president.
With six units and a total installed capacity of 6,000 megawatts, the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. The Russians occupied it at the beginning of March.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, pointed out this week that the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine is “completely out of control”. At the same time, he called on Russia and Ukraine to allow experts to inspect the plant in order to stabilize the situation and thus avoid a nuclear disaster.