Ukrainian official: even Putin’s death would not automatically mean the end of the war

In an interview with the AP news agency, O. Danilov, who plays an important role Ukraine trying to fight back Invasion of Moscowcalled on the international community to pressure Russia to demilitarize the territory of the Zaporizhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

“We don’t know what’s going on there or right now.” [jėgainė] is mined by the Russians, isn’t it,” O. Danilov said in a vigilantly guarded building in the center of Kyiv.

“I would like to emphasize that this is a challenge for the whole world – how to make this nuclear facility safe. If the world community cooperates with us in this matter, we would be very grateful,” he added.

Intense fighting continues around the Zaporizhia NPP, although the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started an inspection at the power plant this week. On Thursday, the agency’s experts already warned about the danger arising from the complex’s structural damage.

This power plant in southern Ukraine – occupied by Russian forces at the start of the war in February but still operated by Ukrainian personnel – is connected to Ukraine’s electricity grid.

According to O. Danilov, as winter approaches, Kyiv will provide additional electricity capacity in case the Zaporizhia NPP is disconnected from the grid.

He indicated that Kyiv does not want to negotiate a ceasefire while there are Russian forces on Ukrainian territory.

“We have faced a treacherous enemy who [įveikti] is complicated and difficult. We would be fooling ourselves if we thought a quick victory was possible,” the RNBO chief added.

According to O. Danilov, the course of the war now depends only on the will of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Even Putin’s death would not automatically mean the end of the war,” said a Ukrainian official. – There are many people today who want to continue this war. Many Russian oligarchs and people in the Russian leadership make a lot of money.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, his appointed ministers of defense, foreign affairs and internal affairs, as well as the heads of the country’s armed forces and intelligence services work at the RNBO.

O. Danilov’s comments were published after the IAEA confirmed that at least two of its specialists will remain in the territory of the power plant for a long time to ensure the security of the complex “damaged” during the shelling.

The Kremlin said on Friday that it was “very positive” about this mission of inspectors from the United Nations Atomic Energy Program Agency.

At that time, the Ukrainian nuclear energy agency “Enerhoatom” stated that Russia The IAEA gives experts distorted information about the situation at the Zaporizhia NPP.

The fighting around the complex has fueled fears of another nuclear disaster similar to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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