India. UN Nuclear Chief Rafael Grossi has issued a grave warning to all world leaders, stating that Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which happens to be Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, is ‘completely out of control’.
Grossi remarked, “Every Principle of nuclear safety has been violated. What is at stake is extremely serious, extremely grave and dangerous. “
Grossi has urged both Russia and Ukraine to look into the matter and take necessary precautions to ensure the plant’s safety to avoid any fatal damage.
A working nuclear power plant which encompasses an entire operating system with various intricate parts together in perfect unison is suffering a setback due to the war. Many spare parts and important equipment may not be reaching the plant due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, Grossi clarified.
“When you put this together, you have a catalogue of things that should never be happening in any nuclear facility. And this is why I have been insisting from day one that we have to be able to go there to perform this safety and security evaluation, to do the repairs and to assist as we already did in Chernobyl,” added Grossi.
The infamous ‘Chernobyl Catastrophe’ also took place in Ukraine, just 110 kilometres away from the city of Kyiv. It is to be emphasized that if another nuclear disaster as jarring as the Chernobyl one takes place, then that could wreak havoc on the entire world, not just Europe itself.
As per reports by news agency Wion, Russian forces attacked the plant in March earlier this year, jeopardizing nearly 20% of the annual electricity production of Ukraine by destroying a five-story training facility building in the area. The plant has been annexed by Russia, while Ukrainian staff continue to operate the nuclear activities.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has condemned Russia’s actions and called it “the height of irresponsibility”.
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