Ukraine accuses Russia of “nuclear terror” by shelling a power plant

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.

A view shows the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in Zaporizhia region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.
Russian troops captured the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant early in their invasion of Ukraine last spring.
REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/FILE
This file photo taken on April 27, 2022 shows a general view of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, located in the Russian-controlled Enerhodar Oblast, as seen from Nikopol.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant complex.
ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

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.”

A man crosses a road near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in Zaporizhia region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.
Ukrainian technicians still operate the Russian-controlled plant in Zaporizhia.
REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
A view shows the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in the course of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in Zaporizhia region, Ukraine, August 4, 2022.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has issued a warning about Russia’s bombing of the Zaporizhia plant.
REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
This file photo taken on April 27, 2022 shows a general view of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, located in the Russian-controlled Enerhodar Oblast, as seen from Nikopol.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls for international sanctions “against the Russian nuclear industry”.
ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

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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