"The United Nations nuclear chief warned of a potential 'nuclear disaster' after the shelling of Europe’s largest atomic power plant, once again urging Russia and Ukraine to allow a mission of experts access to the facility to help secure it." —Praveena Somasundaram
The shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine could potentially have dire consequences.
"The shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine highlights the potential for 'catastrophic consequences' from attacks on and near the facility, Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a statement on Saturday." —Praveena Somasundaram
Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the attack: The facility has been under Russian control since March, but it is staffed by Ukranians.
"After the shelling Friday, Russia and Ukraine placed blame on one another for the attack. The facility near the front lines of fighting has been under Russian control since March, but is still staffed by Ukrainians." —Praveena Somasundaram
President Zelensky has argued for sanctions against Russia's nuclear industry, stating that Russia should be recognized as a "state sponsor of terrorism."
"This is purely a matter of safety...The one who creates nuclear threats to other nations is definitely not capable of using nuclear technologies safely.” —President Volodymyr Zelensky
Russia has placed blame on Ukraine for the incident.
"In turn, Russia’s ministry of defense has accused Ukraine of the attack, stating that protection by Russian-backed forces was the reason the plant was not more extensively damaged. The shelling damaged two power lines and a water pipeline, leaving more than 10,000 residents without water and electricity, the defense ministry’s statement said." —Praveena Somasundaram
Grossi is extremely concerned that there could be a nuclear accident.
"Grossi was in New York on Monday for the tenth Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons review conference. In his keynote speech, he discussed the IAEA’s 'seven pillars' of nuclear safety and security, which include facilities’ physical integrity, reliable communication with regulators and the ability for staff to work safely." —Praveena Somasundaram
“We can’t afford to lose any more time...For the sake of protecting people in Ukraine and elsewhere from a potential nuclear accident, we must all set aside our differences and act, now.” —Rafael Grossi