Ukraine on Sunday labeled the Kremlin “nuclear terror” after accusing it of shelling a nuclear power plant.
Russian forces damaged three radiation sensors at the Zaporizhzhia site, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, over the weekend, Kyiv officials said.
“Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community – sanctions on Russia’s nuclear industry and nuclear fuel,” tweeted Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Moscow has maintained its innocence and said it was Ukrainian forces that attacked the plant, which is currently on Russian-controlled territory in southern Ukraine.
Ukrainian technicians are still operating the facility, despite Russia taking control of it in March.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said whoever was responsible, the weekend’s shelling could have serious consequences.
“I am extremely concerned by yesterday’s shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which underscores the very real risk of a nuclear disaster,” its director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a statement on Saturday.
“There are contradictions between the reports from the Russian and Ukrainian sides,” Grossi said. “I’m receiving information…but I have no way of determining if it’s true.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia’s actions were “the pinnacle of irresponsibility”.
He added that the Kremlin wants to use the facility as a “nuclear shield.”
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