U.N. Sounds Alarm over ‘Suicidal’ Russian Attack on Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed concern over damage to Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, calling the attack "suicidal".
According to Ukrainian reports, the nuclear power plant, which is the largest in Europe, was hit by shells over the weekend, damaging three radiation sensors and a power line. The facility has been under Russian control since March but continues to be operated by Ukrainian technicians.
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"Any attack on nuclear power plants is a suicidal thing," Guterres told reporters in Tokyo after attending the anniversary of the first atomic bombing.
Guterres also called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to gain access to the facility, which is nearly twice the size of Chernobyl, and said he hopes "these attacks will end."
Asked how the UN would react if Russia used a nuclear weapon against Ukraine, Guterres said there probably wasn't a "UN more capable of reacting" and that "we all couldn't be here anymore".
Zaporizhia is in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is concentrating its attacks after unsuccessfully attempting to seize the capital, Kyiv.
The IAEA director on Tuesday told the Associated Press the facility was "completely out of control" and asked the two countries to allow international experts to visit the facility.
"Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated" at the facility, he said, according to the outlet. "What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely serious and dangerous."
Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling the power plant, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calling the attack "Russian nuclear terror".
"Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community - sanctions against the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel," Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter after talks with European Commission President Charles Michel.
Russia has blamed Ukraine for the attack on the nuclear power plant and called on the IAEA to condemn Kiev's actions.
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