Putin to Macron: The Zaporizhia NPP shooting could have catastrophic consequences

According to the Kremlin’s statement, during the phone conversation between the two leaders, V. Putin “pointed attention to the regular attacks by Ukraine against [Zaporižios branduolinius] objects, including radioactive waste storage”.

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been the focus of fighting in recent weeks, raising fears of a nuclear incident.

According to V. Putin, Russian specialists working at the power plant are taking measures to ensure the safety of the complex. In addition, Moscow is ready together with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to continue looking for “non-politicized” solutions to the power plant’s problems, the president assured.

Ukraine’s nuclear energy agency, Enerhoatom, said on Sunday that the last operating reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant had been shut down for safety reasons.

During the conversation with E. Macron, V. Putin also accused Ukrainian forces of shelling civilian infrastructure in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region from guns supplied by Western countries.

Ukrainian forces launched earlier this month a large-scale counterattack, in order to win back the eastern territories from the Russians. Pro-Moscow separatists said this weekend that their forces were engaged in “fierce” fighting with Kyiv’s troops in the Donetsk region.

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