Zaporizhzhia and Southern Ukraine Nuclear power the plants are always under control of Ukraine, gambling head of State nuclear company Energoatom said Thursday, while Russian troops have resumed their advance and are now about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the two plants.
Petro Kotin, speaking with Reuters in an interview, titled Russia capture last week of the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant power plant “nuclear terrorism”. He said Energoatom had transferred the requests to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) earlier on Thursday through a position paper.
Kyiv asked the UN’s atomic watchdog to downgrade his relationship with Russia, and for the agency to help create a 30 kilometer perimeter ban power plants for Russian forces together to push for NATO will establish a no-fly zone over the country, according to the newspaper seen by Reuters.
The IAEA said it was working with all sides to check in how effective way he could provide some help. The IAEA board of governors on Thursday passed a resolution criticizing Russia over son invasion of Ukraine and the call on to let Ukraine control all its nuclear installations, with just of them votes againstdiplomats said.
The United States and its NATO allies have rejected Ukraine’s request to impose a no-fly zone over the country, arguing that it would be lead in direct confrontation with Russia with nuclear weapons.
Kotin said Russian troops had advanced within 35 kilometers of the Zaporizhzhia plant, which is the largest power plant in Europe. Ukrainian and Russian troops clashed on Wednesday in Voznessensk, a city in the southern Mykolaiv oblast located about 30 kilometers from the south of Ukraine (Yuzhnoukrainsk) power plant.
“If the situation gets worse, it will be impossible to think about what will happen if they start bombing raid. They just do not do know what they are doing,” Kotin said, adding that he did not believe the Russians had received the final order to launch attack on plants.
Russia calls its actions in The Ukraine that started on February 24 a “special operation” that he says is not designed occupy a territory but destroy that of son southern neighbor military abilities and capture what he sees as dangerous nationalists.
Kotin said Russian troops wanted local forces to surrender to take control of the surroundings and the power plant. Residents of the city of Enerhodar near the Zaporizhzhia plant had recently erected barricades near the facility on the Dnieper and organized demonstrations against Russian troops.
“The Zaporizhzhia plant is still operating normally. There are no deviations from normal operations, but consumption during this war has dropped significantly to only three units of six work units,” he said. of the 6,000 megawatt plant.
Russian forces last week seized the spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste facilities at Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident at a now defunct site power plant.
The IAEA said that son personnel has since been unable to film, which Kotin said was becoming a psychological strain. on their.
A Russian security source told Reuters on February 25 that Russia wanted control the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to signal NATO not to intervene militarily.
Kotin said there was no logic for that capture. Since the seizure, Chernobyl had seen levels of radiation rise between 5 and 15 times the usual level – still relatively low – as a heavy armored vehicle vehicles shakes up material who had been in ground for the last 35 years old, he said.
“There is no economic benefit. It can only cause problems for Ukraine, Russia and everyone in the world”, said Kotin. “We ask them to leave this area and give this back to Ukrainian experts because there could be an ecological disaster,” he said.