Putin signs decree after the referendums in Ukraine: “The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is Russian”
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Putin signs decree after the referendums in Ukraine: “The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is Russian”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a new decree formally placing the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia on Russia’s list of federal assets.

The news agency Tass reports. The power plant, the largest in Europe, under Russian control since last March, has so far been managed by Ukrainian personnel.

But, after the referendum for annexation to Russia, held in recent days in Zaporizhzhia, as well as in Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk, the scenario is still changing. According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, the main objective is to ensure “nuclear safety” and “the normal operation of the nuclear power plant, which is now located on Russian territory and consequently must operate under the supervision of our agencies. competent “.

The situation now worries the international community even more.

The director of the IAEA, the Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, has made it known that he is headed to Kiev for a series of important meetings. “The need for a security zone around the Zaporizhzhia power plant is now more urgent than ever,” he wrote in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Grossi again made it known that “the supply of electricity to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine is precarious”. And in the past few hours there have been new bombings in the area, with the usual exchange of accusations between Moscow and Kiev.

The Russians accused the Ukrainian forces of hitting the area of ​​the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with 43 bullets, directed towards the northern sector of the city of Energodar and the area adjacent to the plant.

According to the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, “the radiation situation remains normal”.

On the other hand, Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhzhia regional military administration, announced that the Russian army attacked the area with Iskander-K missiles and one of the fragmentation rockets was neutralized.

“The enemy attacked with Iskander-K missiles – he wrote on Telegram – destroying some infrastructures. One of the rockets, of the cluster type, was neutralized on the city and the debris fell in various areas of the city. If the missile had reached the goal, the destruction would have been much more extensive. “