Russia assures that kyiv’s provocations in Zaporizhia represent a “real threat” of nuclear catastrophe

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“We don’t have heavy weapons”, said the Russian Defense Minister regarding the possible possession of this type of weaponry in Zaporizhia

MADRID, Sep. 2 (.) –

The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has warned that the provocations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the surroundings of Zaporizhia constitute a “real threat” of nuclear catastrophe in Europe, for which he has warned that “all responsibility” will fall on kyiv in case of a possible accident.

“I emphasize that, in the event of further provocations, all responsibility for the possible consequences will fall entirely on the Ukrainian authorities,” explained the head of the Defense portfolio, according to the TASS news agency.

Shoigu has highlighted that, despite the arrival at the plant of the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), made up of 14 members, the Ukrainian forces have bombed both the place and the route of the members of the UN agency .

Likewise, he specified that the silence of the United States and the European Union on the situation around the plant encourages the “provocations” of kyiv. “We hope that the objective results of the IAEA mission activities will draw the attention of the world community,” she added.

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Shoigu has also stated that Russia “has no heavy weapons” in the territory of the Zaporizhia plant and in the surrounding areas. “I hope the IAEA commission is convinced of this personally,” he has said.

“Since mid-July, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, using Western weapons, have been regularly attacking the infrastructure of the nuclear plant. Since July 18, 29 attacks have been recorded, 120 artillery shells and 16 kamikaze drones have been fired. have been used,” he described.

Finally, the Defense Minister has indicated that the Russian authorities are doing “everything necessary” to guarantee the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, according to the Interfax news agency.

The IAEA mission, headed by the agency’s director general, Rafael Grossi, arrived in Zaporizhia, located in the city of Energodar, on Thursday. Ukraine has also accused Russian forces of launching airstrikes on the route established by the UN agency’s team of experts.

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