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Russia rejects US accusations of alleged use of Zaporiyia power plant as military base
Russian authorities on Tuesday rejected accusations made by the United States about the alleged use of Ukraine’s Zaporiyia nuclear power plant as a «military base» and stressed that «the actionsU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced on Monday that Russian forces "toamroned" the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, as part of the invasion and added that "Russia is now using the plant as a military base to fire on Ukrainians knowing that they cannot and will not fire back because they could accidentally hit a reactor or a storage facility with radioactive waste." "This takes the notion of human shielding to a whole different and horrible level," he said.
China's representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, warned Thursday before the Security Council that an accident at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant could be more serious than the nuclear accident that took place at Fukushima in 2011.
"The Zaporiyia nuclear power plant is one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe. If a large-scale nuclear accident occurs, it could be more serious than the Fukushima accident," Jun said, while saying that China does not want "the same risk" to be repeated, according to a statement from the Chinese mission to the United Nations.
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At the Security Council meeting held on Thursday at Russia's request to discuss the lack of safety of Ukraine's nuclear facilities, the Chinese representative called on the parties to exercise "restraint, act prudently, avoid taking actions that endanger nuclear safety".
Nevertheless, China expressed its support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to play "an active role" in promoting nuclear safety and security issues. It has also urged Russia and Ukraine to remove "relevant obstacles" for a team of the agency's experts to go to the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant to carry out their work smoothly.
On the other hand, Jun stressed that, after five months of war and knowing the security risks posed by the conflict to nuclear facilities, "only by cooling down the situation and restoring peace at an early date can nuclear risks be fundamentally eliminated."
Ukraine warns of risk of hydrogen leakage and possible fires at attacked Zaporiyia power plant
Ukrainian nuclear power operator Energoatom warned Saturday that the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant is in danger of a hydrogen leak and a possible fire following attacks in the past two days for which Moscow and Kiev are blaming each other.
"We once again call on all parties involved to resume negotiations as soon as possible, seek a solution to the Ukraine crisis with a calm and rational attitude, address each other's legitimate security concerns, and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture to achieve common security," the Chinese representative said.
"China has always advocated abiding by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and respecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We call on all parties in the international community to push for a proper resolution of the crisis in a responsible manner, intensify political and diplomatic efforts and create conditions for the parties to resume negotiations," he added.
The UN Security Council met on Thursday at Moscow's request, and was attended by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, who had already announced this week that he would participate in the meeting and would ask the UN to facilitate a mission of experts to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant.
The Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe and controlled by Russia despite being on Ukrainian territory, has been the scene of clashes since the beginning of the war, which started at the end of February on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the last few days it has again gained notoriety after a series of attacks in the vicinity of the plant, for which Kiev and Moscow have mutually blamed each other, and which has once again awakened fears of a possible nuclear disaster, despite the fact that radiation levels are normal.
The World Needs to Wake Up to Putin’s Nuclear Terrorism .
To Russia’s long list of crimes against humanity associated with its invasion of Ukraine, we must add nuclear terrorism. While many worried that Russia might use nuclear weapons if the war grew more desperate for them—and senior U.S. government officials do not rule that possibility out—Moscow has already done something that could have similarly catastrophic consequences. In early March, Russian forces seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. Since then, they have taken a number of steps, each of which has raised the risk of a nuclear disaster. They have turned the facility into a military base. They have mined parts of the facility.