IAEA confirms no safety, security systems damaged at Zaporizhzhia NPP
IAEA chief said no damage was caused to the main systems of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, while Russian representative to UNSC said that Russia is most interested in maintaining general nuclear and physical security in Ukraine.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed on Friday that the security and safety systems of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant were not harmed after a projectile hit the site.
During a UN Security Council meeting, Grossi said, "We were able to confirm that no security or safety systems have been compromised, neither the reactors themselves have been hit by this projectile."
During the UNSC meeting, the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said that Russia is most interested in maintaining general nuclear and physical security in Ukraine.
"We are the most interested in maintaining nuclear and general security in Ukraine, physical and nuclear security, to be properly maintained and ensured in Ukraine," Nebenzia stated.
The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations said, "Today’s meeting is another attempt by the Kiev authorities to kindle artificial hysteria about what is taking place in Ukraine," adding that "they [Kiev authorities] are being assisted in this by their Western backers."
Russia: Ukrainian nationalists behind nuclear plant fire
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov pointed out Friday that Kiev wanted to accuse Russia of creating a radiation focus at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP).
The Russian National Guard thwarted a terrorist act by Ukrainian extremists at the Zaporizhzhia NPP on Thursday, Konashenkov announced, noting that the national guard took control of the NPP to avoid a recurrence of extremist attacks on it.
The Ministry accused Ukraine of attempting to implement a monstrous provocation on the territory adjacent to the NPP.
In particular, while patrolling the protected area adjacent to the station, a mobile patrol of the Russian National Guard was attacked by a group of Ukrainian nationalists.
Heavy fire was opened from small arms from the windows of several floors of an educational and training complex located outside the power plant.
The firing points of the Ukrainian nationalist group were suppressed by return fire from small arms. Leaving the building, the group set fire to the building.
Europe's largest nuclear power plant fire extinguished
Russian forces take full control of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, reported the Reuters news agency, quoting the mayor of Enerhodar of Ukraine.
Kiev officials reported a fire at the plant, blaming the Russian forces, which was later extinguished.
Reuters noted that the Zaporizhia plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
In addition, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin, accused Western countries of "seeking to destroy Russia," explaining that the military operation was in response to Kiev's desire to obtain nuclear weapons.