22 Nov 2022 00:07 GMT
Russia urged the IAEA to take a “responsible stance”, putting aside its “abstract demands”, and point out “clearly” the perpetrators of the bombings.
The UN cannot identify those responsible for the attacks carried out last weekend against the Zaporozhie nuclear power plant, located in the city of Energodar, communicated this Monday the deputy spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General, Farhan Haq.
“We don’t have the skills to determine [quién cometió] attacks,” the official told a briefing. Haq said the UN “share the worries” of the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, and supports his call to the parties in conflict to cease fire around the nuclear plant.
Previously, Grossi reported that the bombings have caused “widespread damage” throughout the territory of the Zaporozhye power plant, and in particular in the condensate storage tanks, which has led to leaks, although not radioactive. “This is a cause for great concernas it clearly demonstrates the sheer intensity of the attacks against one of the largest nuclear power plants in the world,” he said.
The IAEA must take a “responsible stance”
The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has recently been subject of numerous attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On November 19 and 20, kyiv carried out a massive shelling raid on the plant, with one of the shells hitting the deck of the special block No. 2, where the fresh nuclear fuel. Impacts were also recorded in the fuel storage area in dry containers.
In this regard, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, urged this Monday to the leadership of the IAEA to adopt a “responsible position”, leaving aside their “abstract demands”, and indicate “clearly” the perpetrators of the attacks. “It’s time to call things by their name. Otherwise, the Ukrainian nationalists will not stop. This requires determination and responsibility,” Zajárova claimed.
The spokeswoman also condemned the “hypocrisy” of the Westwhich has given “carte blanche to the regime of Vladimir Zelensky to continue with the reckless attempts to cause a irreparable damage to the nuclear plant”. “The Ukrainian authorities, motivated by the unlimited support of their Western sponsors, apparently nothing stops them anymore, not even the presence of IAEA representatives at the plant,” he denounced.