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IAEA calls for immediate stop of attacks on Zaporizhzhia NPP

2022/11/21 10:54:05   source:CGTN

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi on Sunday called for an immediate end to the attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP).

He said more than a dozen blasts were heard within a short period of time on Sunday morning in what appeared to be renewed shelling both close to and at the site of Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

"The news from our team yesterday and this morning are extremely disturbing. Explosions occurred at the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind this must stop immediately. As I have said many times before, you're playing with fire!" Grossi said in a statement.

He said there were no reports of casualties, only damage to some buildings, systems and equipment at the plant site, but none of them so far critical for nuclear safety and security.

Russia and Ukraine have again traded blame over the fresh shellings.

Ukrainian nuclear energy agency Energoatom said at least 12 hits were recorded on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Sunday morning, "putting the whole world at risk."

While Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of firing artillery shells at the plant both on Saturday and Sunday morning with an attempt to "create a threat of a man-made disaster at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant."

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