A spokesperson for the secretary-general of the United Nations said on Monday that the organization does not have the resources necessary to determine who was responsible for the assaults upon that Zaporozhye nuclear power facility (ZNPP). Russia has demanded that the International Atomic Energy Agency carry out its responsibilities in the appropriate manner and admit that the shelling originated from the Ukrainian side.
As per the Russian Defense Ministry, around thirty missiles were fired at the ZNPP throughout the course of the weekend. The Russian nuclear energy organization Rosatom said that the damage done to the facility’s spent fuel supply came dangerously close to causing a catastrophe. Moscow said that it was obvious that the fire originated from the part of Marganets that was occupied by the Ukrainians, but the IAEA has refrained from identifying any individuals.
Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesperson for United Nations secretary Antonio Guterres, told journalists on Monday that there is no way to know who was responsible for the assaults. “We have no means to determine” who carried out the strikes.
“We would want these assaults to stop,” Haq said, saying that the Secretariat “shares the concerns” of IAEA General Director Rafael Grossi and “joins him in urging all parties to cease shooting” in the vicinity of the ZNPP. “We would like these strikes to end,” Haq concluded.
Since the beginning of February, Russia has maintained control of the biggest nuclear power facility in Europe. Rosatom has issued a warning that any damage to the spent fuel canisters might result in the discharge of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which could have unforeseen repercussions.
On Monday, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, and Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both emphasized that the International Atomic Energy Agency should properly execute its role and identify names.
According to Zakharova, “as an authoritative as well as an independent international organization, [the IAEA] should finally shift away from abstract denouncements as well as demands to halt the shelling of ZNPP without attempting to address the perpetrator, and instead point clearly and unambiguously at those who are carrying out the attacks.” “In order to do this, you must have drive and accountability. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they’ll be shown.”
Zakharova further said that western nations had given the authorities in Kiev a “blank check” in order to “continue their irresponsible efforts to wreak irreversible harm” to the ZNPP.
Since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stationed permanent monitors at the ZNPP in early September, this weekend’s assaults were the first serious event to occur at the plant. IAEA inspectors assessed the damage early Monday, backed by a Russian projectiles specialist, and were able to determine that the assault had originated from the Ukrainian side, according to a statement made by a Rosatom official by the name of Renat Karchaa. The IAEA headquarters received the report and sent it on.