During the night hours, Europe narrowly missed a nuclear catastrophe. The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant caught fire after artillery fire, and according to a regional authority it is now occupied by Russian troops. Burned a training complex. Russia itself did not comment on this incident. In any case, the radiation safety of the nuclear power plant is guaranteed, said the director of the plant, according to media reports. The responsible supervisory authority announced on Facebook on Friday morning that no changes had been registered.
This attack was strongly condemned today, Friday. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also criticized this approach and described it as “ruthless.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that only a no-fly zone would prevent Russia from bombing nuclear facilities. Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) called on Russia to respect protection zones around nuclear power plants. The UN Security Council wanted to discuss it this Friday.
Karl Nehammer made an appeal to Russia. It is important to ensure that there are no hostilities near nuclear power plants.” The Russian army and President Vladimir Putin were literally “playing with fire,” said Nehammer on Friday after a joint briefing with Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) in the radiation protection department of the Ministry of Climate Protection in Vienna. Gewessler called the shelling an “unacceptable act”, but also emphasized that “Austria is not in danger”.
The State Department previously condemned the Russian shelling as “a threat to the security of every single European”. If that was a targeted attack, that’s a further degree of escalation that endangers us all,” emphasized Europe Minister Karoline Edtstadler. The radiation safety of the nuclear power plant is guaranteed, said the director of the plant, according to media reports. The responsible supervisory authority announced on Facebook on Friday morning that no changes had been registered.