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The Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia suffers a new bombing and the UN calls for its demilitarization

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The Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia and its surroundings suffered bombing again tonight. Russia and Ukraine They accuse each other of being behind the attack that, according to the UN, has put the plant in a serious situation.


The International Atomic Energy Agency warned of a situation

The nuclear facilities of Zaporizhiawhich with its six reactors is the largest plant in UkraineThey have been under constant attack for weeks.

Ukraine has claimed that Russia stores bombs and military equipment in the facilities and which carries out artillery attacks from nearby.

According to the Ukrainian narrative, Russia bombs positions near the plant as false flag attacks, to favor a complaint against Kyiv and hold accountable Ukraine of a possible disaster at the plant.

Russia, for its part, accused the Ukrainian military of trying to cause a nuclear accident. The Ukrainian body for atomic energy, Energoatomdenounced that «the Russian invaders again bombed the plant of Zaporizhia and the territories near the nuclear facility.

In tonight’s attack, he denounced Energoatomseveral radiation sensors would have been damaged or destroyed.

Russian bombs would also have fallen on the radioactive material storage area and near the fire unit.

Russia is trying to disconnect the plant from the Ukrainian power grid and connect it to the Russian one through crimeawhich, according to the Ukrainian agency for atomic energy, poses a serious risk that could cause a nuclear accident similar to the one suffered in the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The attack has revived voices calling for the area where the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant become a demilitarized zone.

“An urgent agreement is needed at the technical level to establish a secure demilitarization perimeter to ensure the security of the area,” said the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

Through these attacks, Russia would be trying to stop the Ukrainian advances that try to reconquer the plant and the city of Enerhodar from the other shore of the dnipro river.

In his evening address, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyclaimed that Russia “has bottomed out once again by bombing the nuclear power plant.”

“No one in the world has ever instrumentalized a nuclear power plant to issue threats,” he insisted.

For his part, the Russian senator Vladimir Dzhabarov, did not rule out the possibility of creating a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “It is a sensible initiative, I think we are going to support it,” said the senator from the ruling United Russia party in statements to the agency RIA Novosti collected by EFE.

However, he ruled out the possible delivery of the plant to Ukraine: «Russia must maintain control of the plant», he warned.

At gunpoint

On the other hand, the Ukrainian staff of the Zaporizhia NPP denounced that they work “at gunpoint” controlled by the Russian soldiers who occupy the plant.

In statements to the BBCtwo plant technicians shared their fears of “a radioactive pollution of the entire region’, or an even greater disaster.

The workers also denounce the risk of going to their jobs at the plant due to the continuous bombing. “Saturday they bombed the nitrogen and oxygen station, which caused a fire. By some miracle, the people who worked there survived,” he told the BBC.

They also confirmed that the Russians they use the central as a shield to carry out attacks on Ukrainian positions with the certainty that the Ukrainians will not risk counterattacks and cause a nuclear disaster.

“They placed their military equipment fair in the buildings of the station, so that it would be impossible for the Ukrainian armed forces to attack”, denounces one of the Ukrainian technicians.

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