The diplomat noted that the situation around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is being forced by the Ukrainian authorities, is causing increasing concern.
“We warn the Zelensky regime against continuing provocations against Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, fraught with a nuclear accident, the grave consequences of which could affect not only Ukraine,” the ministry’s website said in a statement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the international community to condemn the actions of the Kyiv authorities and to be vigilant in this matter.
The militants of Ukraine have recently repeatedly tried to damage the object. So, on July 20, Ukrainian drones attacked the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant four times a day. After one of the strikes, a fire broke out, 11 employees of the station were injured, they were taken to the hospital. Shortly before that, on the night of July 12, militants using drones dropped two mines near the nuclear power plant. As a result, the roof and glazing of the neighboring building were damaged.
According to the head of the military-civilian administration (CAA) of the Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, explosions occur in close proximity to nuclear power plant infrastructure, which creates a threat of emergency situations, including man-made and emergency situations. He stressed that these actions endanger not only the country, but the whole of Europe.
At the end of July, after the continued shelling of nuclear power plants, the authorities of the region announced their intention to apply to the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Council of Europe, noting that they classify Ukraine’s attacks as a deliberate strike on a nuclear facility and nuclear terrorism.
Part of the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine was liberated during a special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. To date, about 70% of the territories have been liberated. Under the control of Kyiv remains the administrative center of the region – the city of Zaporozhye, its function is temporarily performed by Melitopol.
In May, the authorities of the Zaporozhye region announced their desire to become part of Russia as a full-fledged subject – the Zaporozhye Republic. A referendum on joining the Russian Federation should be held this fall.
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