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Ukraine president calls for demilitarisation of nuclear plant to avert ‘catastrophe’

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, has asked the global nuclear watchdog for Russia to demilitarize the Zaporizhzhya nuke power plant and give control back to Ukraine.

Officials from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), visited the facility last week to warn of the “urgent necessity” for interim measures to avoid a nuclear accident.

After expressing concerns about the possibility of physical damage to the plant from shelling, the group called for a zone of nuclear safety and security around the facility.

In his Tuesday nightly address to his nation, president Zelenskyy stated that Russia had “put the planet on the radiation disaster edge”, and it was now up to the world to take “appropriate steps” to ensure Russia “will stop terror”.

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He continued, “I believe the world not only needs but deserves the representatives of IAEA to forc Russia to demilitarize territory of ZNPP (Zaporizhzhya nuke power plant) and give complete control to Ukraine.”

According to the IAEA team, it witnessed firsthand damage to the roads, walls, and windows of different buildings at the plant as well as the overpass connecting the reactors units.

Image IAEA Director Rafael Grossi explains how his inspectors saw

It could have resulted in “safety serious impacts, loss of life and personnel injuries,” according to their report.

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The situation posed a constant threat to nuclear safety, security, and safety because crucial safety functions could be affected.

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The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was surrounded by shelling

Antonio Guterres, UNSecretary General, stated bluntly that he was “gravely worried” about the situation and warned it could lead to “catastrophe”.

Let’s be honest: Any damage to Europe’s largest nuclear power station in Zaporizhzhia, or any other nuclear facility within Ukraine, could result in catastrophe not only for those in the immediate area, but also for those further afield.

“All measures must be taken in order to avoid this scenario.”

Radiation levels are currently normal in the region.

Russia has occupied the plant since months, and was accused of keeping military equipment in the facility.

Russia and Ukraine also share the blame for shelling that has caused damage to the plant in recent weeks.

Image: Volodymyrzelenskyy

President Zelenskyy had previously spoken to the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss.

She accepted an invitation to Ukraine from a foreign leader and reiterated her support for Ukraine in its war against Russia.

The UK is a vocal international supporter of Ukraine, having sent almost 7,000 anti-tank weapons and hundreds of missiles, as well as armoured fighting vehicles, to the country. It also trains Ukrainian soldiers.

Official readings of the conversation reveal that Ms. Truss said she “looked forward” to working with President Obama in the coming weeks, and that he thanked the UK “for the major defence and economic assistance,” while also reiterating that “it’s important for Great Britain to further strengthen it.”


“Europe is not the place to murderers”

His address also urged Europe to end issuing visas for Russian citizens.

Referring to the Novichok poisonings by Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Salisbury, in 2018, he said that Russia had sent murderers to Europe “more than once”

They have had enough of the spire in Salisbury, German roads, and the weapons warehouses in the Czech Republic. Enough! “Europe is not a place where murderers can walk about.”

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