The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday “alarmed” by the bombings on Friday near the Ukrainian plant in Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear plant in Europe, occupied since March by Russian troops.
In a statement, Argentina’s Rafael Grossi, director of the UN nuclear agency, said the attacks represent “the latest in a long series of increasingly alarming reports.
He also stressed that there is a “very real risk of a nuclear disaster that threatens public health and the environment in Ukraine” and beyond the borders of this country.
The operator of Ukrainian nuclear plants, Energoatom, said Friday’s shelling “severely damaged” a station with nitrogen and oxygen and an “auxiliary building.”
Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of having bombed an area near a nuclear reactor at the Zaporizhia plant.
Grossi condemned “any violent act carried out outside or near” the plant or against its employees.
The senior official added his availability to lead a mission of IAEA security experts to Zaporizhia, a possibility Ukraine has so far rejected, claiming it would legitimize Russia’s presence at the plant.
Russian troops have occupied the nuclear plant since March, the month after the start of the invasion of Ukraine. (YO)