More than a dozen powerful explosions have been recorded near a huge Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in south Ukraine since Saturday evening.
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Rafael Grossi, made an urgent appeal for a stop to the fighting at the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s biggest.
“Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately,” he said. “You’re playing with fire!”
The plant stands on the River Dnipro, on the front line in the war.
Russia’s military accused Ukrainian forces on the other side of the river of shelling the area under its control. There was no immediate word from the Ukrainians who have previously suggested Russian forces shell the area themselves despite having their troops there.
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Ukraine nuclear plant shelled, U.N. warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’
By Guy Faulconbridge and Caleb Davis
LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control, was rocked by shelling on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the U.N. nuclear watchdog which said such attacks risked a major disaster.
More than a dozen blasts shook Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant on Saturday evening and Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.
Moscow and Kyiv both blamed the other for the shelling of the facility as they have done repeatedly in recent months after earlier explosions.
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MELITOPOL, November 20. /TASS/. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be given access to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant after the shelling by Ukrainian troops strictly within their mandate, Renat Karchaa, an adviser to the head of Russia’s Rosenergoatom nuclear power engineering company, told TASS on Sunday.
“Access will be given, but strictly within their mandate. They tend to interpret their mandate as “without limitation.” It is not so. The IAEA is an organization addressing issues of nuclear security. Naturally, we will give them access to corresponding facilities. But is they want to inspect the facility, which has no relation to nuclear security, access will be denied. Not because we want to conceal anything, but because they should work within their mandate,” he said.
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