UN envoy says Russian troops approach Ukraine’s second largest nuclear facility

The day after Russian troops allegedly attacked Europe’s largest nuclear facility, it was believed that Russian troops were approaching Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear power plant on Friday, UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said. Field said.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is now on its 10th day, and Russian troops have seized Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine. After the facility hit the projectile, the seizure caused an international panic and then a fire that was extinguished.

If the Russian army succeeds in managing the Yuzhnoukrainsk nuclear power plant in Mykolaiv Oblast, the second largest facility, Russia will have the third nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

“Russian troops are now 20 miles away from Ukraine’s second largest nuclear facility and are closed,” Thomas Greenfield said in a statement at a UN Security Council emergency meeting on Friday. Said without giving a name to. statement Reads released by the council.

Thomas-Greenfield said the threat to Yuzhnoukrainsk was “imminent danger” and the Ukrainian people “almost avoided the disaster”. It refers to a fire that broke out at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

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United Nations Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield will speak at a special session of the General Assembly held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on March 2, 2022. (Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images)

The ambassador has promised Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the use of force that could endanger all 15 operational reactors across Ukraine.

“President Putin must stop this humanitarian catastrophe by ending the war and stopping these rude attacks on the Ukrainian people,” the ambassador said.

“Nuclear facilities cannot be part of this conflict,” she added. “As with backup diesel generators and fuels, reliable electricity is essential for nuclear facilities. We need to maintain a safe transit corridor.”

Two guards were injured when an unidentified projectile hit after authorities reported fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops at the Zaporizhia factory on Friday.

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Rafael Grossi, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), points to a map of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine on March 4, 2022 in Vienna, Austria. (JOE KLAMAR / AFP via Getty Images)

Russian officials alleged that Ukrainian troops fired at Russian troops early Friday and attempted to provoke Russian troops by forcing retaliation through the state-owned outlet RT.

“Last night, the Kyiv nationalist government attempted a terrifying provocation around the station,” Defense Minister spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov announced on Friday, with Russian troops patroling the surrounding area by Ukrainian saboteurs. Claimed to have attacked. plant.

The claim was argued by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who claimed that it was the Russian army that caused the “unprecedented level of fear” at the factory. “Russian tanks knew they were shooting directly at the station,” Zelensky claimed.

Neither claim could be independently verified.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

from NTD News

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