U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to be given access to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. This statement was made after reports of the shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant by Russian troops.

“Any attack (on) a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing,” Guterres told a news conference on Monday in Japan, where he attended the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing.

According to the UN Secretary General, it is very important that the international agency be granted access to the NPP “to guarantee technical support for nuclear security.”

“We fully support the IAEA in all its efforts to create conditions for stabilising the station,” Guterres emphasised.

Meanwhile, Russian propagandists published a statement by Valeriy Vasiliev, the commander of the occupation garrison at the nuclear power plant, who said that Russian troops had mined all the important facilities of this nuclear power plant and were ready to blackmail the West. He added that “the station will either belong to Russians or nobody.”

These words caused a great international outcry, so the publications quoting Vasiliev were deleted, but a screenshot of the publication remained on social networks.

According to the Energoatom company data, Ukrainian intelligence also has information about Zaporizhzhia NPP power units mined by Russian troops.

As a reminder, on 6 August, the Russian occupiers shelled the town of Enerhodar and directly hit the site of the Zaporizhzhia NPP near dry cask storage.

Bohdan Marusyak

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