Ukraine issues a warning that a nuclear plant attack could equate to using an atomic bomb.
After Russian shelling damaged the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) on Friday, Ukraine issued a warning that Russian attacks against nuclear power plants could be compared to “the use of an atomic bomb.”
Even though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish, Russia claimed its invasion of the nation in Eastern Europe was meant to “liberate” the separatist Donbas region and purge the Ukrainian government of Nazis.
Over the course of the conflict’s more than five-month duration, fighting has been confined to Eastern Ukraine, which is home to Europe’s largest nuclear facility, the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
Since March, when Moscow’s forces seized the plant and shelling started, there have been worries that the Russian military may damage the plant and increase the possibility of a nuclear crisis.
The troops allegedly opened fire at the plant once more on Friday, reviving these worries.
In a statement Friday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the alleged shooting and warned that any action taken against the plant could have potentially disastrous consequences.
The ministry stated that Russia had earlier this month moved military trucks and SUVs loaded with weapons to the plant and that the potential consequences of hitting an operational reactor were equivalent to using an atomic bomb.
The high-voltage supply line for the plant was harmed as a result of the alleged shelling, according to the statement.
The nitrogen-oxygen station and “combined auxiliary building” of the plant were also harmed, according to Energoatom, a state-owned nuclear power company in Ukraine.
According to the company, there was also a high risk of fire, hydrogen leakage, and radioactive material sputtering as a result of the attacks.
Any shelling of the building, according to Zelensky, is an “open, brazen crime,” and “Russia should bear responsibility for the very fact of creating a threat to the nuclear power plant,” he said in a speech to the nation.
Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Is a Subject of Concern Worldwide
Russian behavior at the NPP has received criticism from other countries.
Other world leaders have expressed concern about the lack of justification for the invasion as well as allegations of war crimes in the months after the invasion.
The American Nuclear Society urged Russia to remove missiles from the NPP on Wednesday, stating that its actions “violated international humanitarian law.
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