Atomic Energy Agency warns of “nuclear catastrophe” after shelling nuclear power plant in Ukraine

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finds the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, also the largest in Europe, alarming. “The risk of a nuclear catastrophe is very real,” Argentina’s IAEA chief Rafael said in a statement on Saturday.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky accuses the Russian army of twice attacking the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, despite Moscow having controlled the area since the invasion began. The attack hit a power line, shutting down one of the reactors. The Russian army, for its part, says Ukrainian troops are behind the attacks that started a fire that has since been extinguished

The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, warns of the potential dangers. “The risk of an accident or safety breach is increasing.”

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