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Zelenskyy: Only complete withdrawal of Russians from Zaporizhzhia NPP will restore nuclear security in Europe

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 23:04
Zelenskyy: Only complete withdrawal of Russians from Zaporizhzhia NPP will restore nuclear security in Europe

Kateryna Tyshchenko — Thursday, 11 August 2022, 23:04

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the world to immediately respond to the Russian shelling of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) and stressed the need for the Russian invaders to completely withdraw from the plant’s premises.

Source: Presidential video address

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Quote: "Russia has once again gone through another floor in the world history of terrorism. No-one else has used a nuclear plant so obviously to threaten the whole world and to put forward some conditions.

And absolutely everyone in the world should react immediately to expel the occupiers from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This is a global interest, not just a Ukrainian need.

[...] Only the complete withdrawal of Russians from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP and the restoration of Ukraine's full control over the situation around the plant will guarantee the restoration of nuclear safety for all of Europe."

Details: The Ukrainian President called the situation around the ZNPP one of the biggest crimes of the terrorist state.

Background: Earlier on 11 August, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russia could provoke the largest accident in history at ZNPP, and this would essentially constitute the use of nuclear weapons without an actual nuclear strike.

More Background:

  • On 5 August, Energoatom reported that the Russian invaders once again fired on the premises of ZNPP. Three strikes were recorded near the industrial site and a high-voltage power line was hit.
  • Later, the Russians hit the ZNPP using MLRS. A rocket fell near one of the power units where the nuclear reactor is located.
  • On the evening of 6 August, the Russian army fired rockets at the city of Enerhodar, hitting the site of the ZNPP directly next to the area used for storing spent nuclear fuel.
  • On 11 August, Russian forces fired on ZNPP and the adjacent territory four times.

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