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Attacks on Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant Pose Global Security Threat |

Russia and Ukraine are at odds over attacks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which have raised concerns of a potential nuclear catastrophe, according to the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi. Grossi stated that there have been three confirmed attacks on the plant since April 7, emphasizing the need for these reckless acts to cease immediately to prevent a radiological incident.

The drones used in the attacks are remotely controlled, making it difficult to determine the responsible party. The Zaporizhzhia plant, located in Russian-controlled territory in southeastern Ukraine, has six nuclear reactors and has been a point of contention since Russian forces occupied it following the invasion.

The United States and Ukraine have accused Russia of disregarding the risks associated with the plant, with the US Deputy UN Ambassador stating that Russia’s control of the plant is a cause for concern. On the other hand, Russia has pointed the finger at Ukraine for the attacks, claiming that they have intensified in recent months.

The Ukrainian ambassador has labeled the attacks as a distraction from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, describing them as a “well-planned false flag operation.” The Zaporizhia plant is among the largest in the world and the largest in Europe, with ongoing fighting in the region increasing the risk of a potential nuclear disaster akin to Chernobyl in 1986.

Despite ongoing conflicts between the two countries, the IAEA has reassured that the plant remains secure, as it is designed to withstand significant impact. However, the operation of the plant’s essential systems still requires power and trained personnel to ensure safety.

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