Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns a possible nuclear disaster.
By Apekshita Sonowal
Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns a possible nuclear disaster amidst the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia power plant, Europe's largest power plant which was captured by the Russian forces in March.
"Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community - sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel", tweets the President.
Renewed Russian shelling damaged three radiation sensors and injured a worker at the power plant in the second strike in consecutive days, Ukraine said on Sunday.
The attack increased the fear of a radiation disaster.
The UN atomic watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency warns that the damaged caused to the power plant could lead to a nuclear disaster that will not only threaten the lives of the people there but the environment as a whole.
Furthermore, the director general of IAEA said, Rafael Grossi, "Military action jeopardizing the safety and security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is completely unacceptable and must be avoided at all costs."
Both Russia and Ukraine is blaming each other.
While Ukraine said Russia shells hit a power line at the plant on Friday, Russia, on the other hand said Ukraine hit the site with a multiple-rocket launcher.
Nuclear arms control specialist Tariq Rauf told Al Jazeera the reason why Russia captured Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear power plant is “to provide electricity to the eastern parts of Ukraine that Russia has occupied”.
“But we really do not know what the situation is at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” Rauf said.
“Why would the Ukrainian military shell it when they have their own people there?” he asked. “And then similarly, why would the Russians shell it when they have soldiers and technical experts there?”