Kyiv/Moscow – Russia has called a Security Council meeting on this issue, alleging the Ukrainian military was attacking the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Dmitry Polyansky, a senior official of Russia at the United Nations, demanded that the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC) inform the Security Council about the ongoing provocative activities by Ukraine. In the last few days, the issue of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has quite festered, and Russia has warned that if an accident occurs in it, the whole of Europe will have to face serious consequences. Ukraine has rejected Russia’s accusations and has taken a stand that Russia should be held responsible for the events occurring in the project.
Moreover, Russia had seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine in the weeks following the attack on Ukraine in February. The project is one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe, including Ukraine, with a capacity as high as staggering 6,000 megawatts. The project has a large stockpile of enriched uranium and nuclear fuel. Currently, only employees of the Ukrainian company are working on this project.
Ukraine launched counter-attacks against Russian-held areas in southern Ukraine last month. Against this background, this project has been discussed again in the last few days. Moreover, Russia has deployed many troops and advanced defence systems in this project. Ukrainian forces are targeting the project’s vicinity to push the Russian deployment. However, Ukraine and Western organisations have rejected these claims and said that Russia is attacking the area of the project and laying it on Ukraine. However, Russia has asserted that Ukraine is launching the attacks. It seems that the matter has taken a serious turn as it has been rushed directly to the Security Council against this.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Yuri Kot threatened that Russia would launch a nuclear attack on the US and the UK if there were any accidents in the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Kot works as an anchor in Russian media and is known as a staunch Putin supporter.
Along with the nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Russia also criticised NATO deployments of nuclear weapons in Europe. NATO has declared itself a nuclear alliance and has been deploying nuclear weapons in non-nuclear countries. This constitutes a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act. Russia has warned that this has increased the risk of nuclear conflict.