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Attacks at Ukraine N-plant could be ‘catastrophic’: Putin

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Attacks at Ukraine N-plant could be ‘catastrophic’: Putin

Published in The Nation, on Sep 12th, 2022, Agencies

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin on Sunday warned his French counterpart of the potential “catastrophic consequences” of what he said were Ukrai­nian attacks on the Zapor­izhzhia nuclear power plant in a Russian-controlled area of Ukraine. During a telephone call with Emmanuel Macron, Putin “drew attention to regular Ukrainian attacks on (Zaporizhzhia nuclear) facili­ties, including a radioactive waste storage facility, which is fraught with catastrophic consequences,” the Kremlin said in a statement. The larg­est nuclear power plant in Europe has been a focal point of fighting in recent weeks, raising concerns of a poten­tial nuclear incident.

Putin said Russian special­ists at the plant were taking steps to ensure its safety and said Moscow was ready to continue work with the UN’s atomic agency to agree on “non-politicised” solutions to problems at the facility.

Ukraine’s nuclear energy agency said Sunday the final reactor at Zaporizhzhia was shut off as a safety measure.

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