Ukraine on Monday warned of dire consequences if anything happened to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, and said Kremlin forces were preventing safety experts from visiting Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
“What will happen in a radius of 40-50 km from the station, it is absolutely not comparable even with Chernobyl or Fukushima,” said Yevni Tsymbalyuk, Ukraine’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
Tsympalyuk said Ukraine would like to see a delegation of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations visit the station to monitor its situation, but that Russia’s military operations in Ukraine make such a trip “impossible”.
We will use all possible diplomatic channels to bring the IAEA and the United Nations closer to this task. “We really need it urgently,” Tsymbaliuk said at a press conference on Monday.
His comments come after Russia and Ukraine exchanged blame for the recent artillery and missile launches around the nuclear plant in central Ukraine, which United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called “suicide.”
CNN cannot verify the claims made by Ukraine or Russia.
On the other hand, a Russian representative claimed that Moscow sent a diplomatic note stating that it is ready to assist the International Atomic Energy Agency in a visit to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in central Ukraine.
Russian state media RIA Novosti reported that Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s representative to international organizations in Vienna, said that a diplomatic note was sent on August 4 and distributed on August 5.
According to Ulyanov, the memo also said that Russia is interested in the IAEA given the criminal actions of Kyiv and what it claimed was the disinformation campaign launched by the Zelensky regime.
On Saturday, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said he was deeply concerned about the bombing “which underscores the real danger of a nuclear catastrophe that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond.”