Russia blames “kyiv’s sponsors” in case of catastrophe at nuclear power plant attacked by Ukraine
Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasili Nebenzia, said Thursday that if a catastrophe occurs at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which continues to be bombed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, all responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the ” western patrons of kyiv”.
“If the attacks by the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue, that could happen at any time,” Nebenzia said during a UN Security Council session, warning that several regions, such as kyiv, would remain under threat from radioactive contamination. , Kharkov, Odesa or Kherson, as well as the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The senior Russian diplomat warned that even the border regions of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania could be at risk.
“These are the forecasts of the most optimistic experts. The real scale of the nuclear catastrophe at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is impossible even to imagine. In this case, all responsibility will fall on the Western sponsors of kyiv,” he declared.
Nebenzia denounced that Ukraine’s “criminal” actions could bring the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe comparable to that of Chernobyl and stressed that Russia “repeatedly” warned the West that, “if they do not make the kyiv regime see reason, then he will take the most monstrous and reckless steps, the consequences of which will be felt far beyond the borders of Ukraine.”
“Unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening now,” he said.
Likewise, the senior Russian diplomat spoke about the “cynical” and “absurd” accusations that seek to blame the Russian Army for the attacks. He pointed out that such claims lack common sense, since the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is under the control of the Russian Armed Forces.
“Elementary logic suggests that our military has no reason to bomb the nuclear power plant, or the city, or themselves,” he said.
In parallel, Nebenzia pointed out that “every time the Ukrainian Army attacks the plant, the disaster is avoided only thanks to the selfless work of the Russian workers and personnel who have given them emergency support.” As she said, this is a clear sign that there is “completely normal communication” between Russian soldiers and Ukrainian experts.
In his statements, Nebenzia said that Moscow agrees with the proposal of the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, to deploy a mission of experts to inspect the nuclear plant.
“For our part, we are ready to provide the maximum possible assistance in solving all organizational problems.
We consider it justified that the IAEA representatives arrive at the Zaporozhie nuclear power plant as soon as possible, possibly even before the end of August,” he said, adding that Russia “has from the beginning supported the IAEA’s efforts to ensure the physical security of nuclear power plants. Ukrainian nukes”.