UN blocking visit to Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to avoid shelling

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UN blocking visit to Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to avoid shelling

Local administration says that the UN doesn't want IAEA monitors to confirm Kiev is shelling the power plant.

Local official Vladimir Rogov told RT on Monday that members of the UN are blocking a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant ZNPP so they can avoid confirming Kiev shelled the Russian-controlled facility.

Rogov, a member of the Zaporozhye military-civil administration, said that the ZNPP was always prepared to welcome the atomic energy watchdog, which has repeatedly expressed a desire to visit the facility, but noted that the UN has blocked the possibility of an IAEA inspection. If the agency visits the plant, it would have to conclude that it had been shelled by Kiev's forces. It is obvious that it has been documented, and not only that, it is well known who is being supplied with American guided missiles. It is not Russia, but the Zelensky regime. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporozhye, has come under attack over the past few weeks. While none of the reactors have been struck yet, the shelling has partially damaged a nearby thermal power plant and equipment used to cool the nuclear reactors.

Moscow accused Ukraine of using rockets, artillery and drones to attack the ZNPP and described Kiev's actions as nuclear terrorism and holding the whole of Europe hostage.

Rogov stated that Western countries have completely lost their instinct of self-preservation in an economic, geopolitical and ecological sense, and that a disaster at the ZNPP would cause problems for European countries first and foremost.

He noted that we do not hear a single adequate statement, not a single voice of reason, either from Germany or France.

Kiev has denied responsibility for shelling the plant and insists that it is Russia that has been targeting it in a plot to discredit Ukraine. The US State Department has taken Zelensky's side and called for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area and the creation of a demilitarized zone around the plant.

While the solution has been supported by the UN and the EU, Rogov insists that the West should instead be working to establish a ceasefire there. Russia s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, pointed out that if Russian forces were to leave the power plant, it would be vulnerable to action by Kiev.

The Russian ambassador stressed that Moscow does not use nuclear facilities for military purposes, and that those who propose the withdrawal of Russian troops should be aware of the consequences that this object will be left without protection and that it can be used by Kiev and nationalist groups for the most monstrous provocations.