Strikes at Ukrainian nuclear plant ‘alarming’, says UN watchdog chief

Strikes at Ukrainian nuclear plant ‘alarming’, says UN watchdog chief

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog said on Saturday that he was “alarmed” by Friday’s shelling at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant, Europe’s largest such facility. In a statement Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the strikes represented “the latest in a long line of increasingly alarming reports” and underlined “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond”. Earlier on Saturday, the plant’s operator said Friday’s shelling had “seriously damaged” a station containing nitrogen and oxygen and an “auxiliary building”. Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for the attacks. Grossi said: “I condemn any violent acts carried out at or near” the plant or against its staff. He added that …
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