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After the attacks on Zaporizhia, the International Atomic Energy Agency fears a turning point in the war

After the attacks on Zaporizhia, the International Atomic Energy Agency fears a turning point in the war

The nuclear site, occupied by Russia since March 2022, has suffered a series of drone attacks since Sunday.

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A view of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, July 21.  2023. (ERCIN ERTURK / AFP)

Zaporizhzhia again causes concern. The latest attacks on a Ukrainian nuclear power plant in the city were in May “Mark the beginning of a new and more dangerous war front”, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned on Thursday, April 11. They are “Brought us to a critical juncture” Raffaele Croci announced the conflict at the start of a meeting of 35 governing body members in Vienna at the invitation of Russia and Ukraine.

The Zaporozhye base in southern Ukraine, occupied by Russia since March 2022, has been the subject of a series of drone attacks since Sunday, with Moscow and Kiev blaming each other. These were “To directly target the plant from November 2022”, The largest in Europe, according to the UN organization that has experts on site. “The strikes must stop” Attacking a nuclear power plant “Absolutely not an option”Rafael Croci called again “Maximum Control”.

kyiv criticized “a disinformation campaign” from Moscow

At the end of the meeting, the Russian ambassador to the IAEA, Mikhail Ulyanov, said “Satisfaction with Discussion”We hope this will inspire Ukrainians “to stop these dangerous, almost daily activities”. Ukraine, for its part, was reprimanded “Disinformation Campaign” In Moscow, it was accused of simulating strikes “Respect” According to the press release of the Permanent Mission in Kiev, Vienna.

Before the Council, the EU considered that these developments “very worrying” Came to remind “Dangers of Russia's Illegal Aggression” of the site. Moscow “Immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its forces and military equipmentThe European Union insisted. This is the only solution to reduce the risk of a nuclear accident.”. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the Board of Governors has adopted four resolutions condemning Russia's actions against Ukraine's nuclear facilities.

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