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The security situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant has deteriorated over the past two weeks due to shelling from Ukraine, said Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia.
“About two weeks have passed since the last meeting on the Zaporizhzhya NPP, during which time the situation with nuclear safety at it has degraded even more,” — he said at a meeting of the UN Security Council.
According to him, the Ukrainian military “almost daily” bombard the territory of the nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar, where it is located, “creating a real risk of a radiation accident.”
The diplomat claims that the Russian side does not place heavy weapons on the territory of the nuclear power plant and does not use it for military purposes. “The Russian Ministry of Defense is ready to provide the IAEA with high-resolution images showing that weapons, especially heavy weapons, are not located on the territory of the station,” — he assured.
On Twitter, the Permanent Mission reports that Russia has circulated among the members of the UN Security Council a scheme of attacks by Ukrainian forces on nuclear power plants and photographic evidence of the consequences of shelling.
The day before, during a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the topic “Maintaining international peace and security: promoting common security through dialogue and cooperation” Russian envoy accused “Western patrons of Ukraine” in the fact that in recent weeks they, “in fact, help Kyiv in its attempts at nuclear blackmail, ignoring the facts of the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” According to him, at the meeting of the Security Council convened by Moscow last week, not a single Western delegation decided to “call a spade a spade”; and urge Ukraine to stop shelling nuclear power plants.
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The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that since July 18, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has been “undergoing systematic shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” According to the agency, the strikes are delivered from “multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery and using unmanned aerial vehicles.” During the month, the nuclear power plant was shelled 12 times, more than 50 artillery shells exploded on the territory of the nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar, and five kamikaze drones were used, the Ministry of Defense assures. According to the Russian military, the strikes are delivered from the direction of the settlements of Marganets and Nikopol. As a result of the shelling, auxiliary support systems for the nuclear power plant were damaged.
At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
On August 23, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna discussed with Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov the dispatch of an IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Paris reported. Lavrov agreed on the need to send experts there as soon as possible, the French Foreign Ministry said.
US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have previously spoken in favor of ensuring security at Zaporozhye NPP and welcomed the discussion of sending an IAEA mission to the power plant.