Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that the bombing of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant site “by the Ukrainian armed forces … could be extremely dangerous.”
Peskov added: “It may have catastrophic consequences for a vast region, including the European territory,” according to AFP.
For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the regime of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “committed a new act under the category of nuclear terrorism at the infrastructure facilities of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia,” according to the Russian RIA Novosti news agency.
“At approximately 12:40, Ukrainian units of the 44th Artillery Brigade, from the area of the village of Marganets, on the opposite bank of Lake Kakhovka, bombed the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia,” the agency quoted a statement issued by the ministry as saying.
The statement added that as a result of the Ukrainian bombing, the Kakhovskaya high-voltage line, which was providing electricity to the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, was damaged. It was working, it turned off the power supply.
The statement continued: “The fire brigade that arrived immediately succeeded in eliminating the smoke, and to prevent disruption of the technical staff to operate the nuclear power plant, the capacity of the fifth and sixth units was reduced to 500 megawatts,” according to RIA Novosti.
This comes as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned today, Monday, the recent attack on a nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
“Any attack on a nuclear plant is suicidal and I hope those attacks will end,” Guterres told Japan’s National Press Club in Tokyo, according to the Associated Press.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was bombed on Saturday evening and each side accused the other of the attack.
While the company “Energoatom”, the operator of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant, claimed that “Russian bombing” destroyed 3 radiation monitoring devices around the spent nuclear fuel storage facility and that one of the workers was injured, Russian news agencies said, quoting the station’s management, which is run by separatists, that the Ukrainian forces Those shells were fired.
The International Atomic Energy Agency recently warned that the way the plant is run and the fighting around it poses serious health and environmental threats.
On Saturday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations attended an event marking the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
During Monday’s press conference, he reiterated his warning against the use of nuclear weapons.
“I think if nuclear weapons were used, there might not be a United Nations that would be able to respond afterwards,” Guterres said. “We may not all be here afterwards.”
It is noteworthy that Russian forces had taken control of the Zaporizhia nuclear reactor complex in southeastern Ukraine in early March, shortly after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, but it is still managed by Ukrainian technicians.