The war has reached an uncontrollable point, in which the military strategies of both sides have put the integrity and security of civilians between a rock and a hard place.
Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) affirms that the state of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is really dangerous.
On the other hand, Amnesty International has criticized the military actions of both Ukraine and Russia for not taking into account the well-being of the civilian population.
Zaporizhia ‘out of control’
Europe’s largest nuclear power plant “is completely out of control.” This has been made clear by the director general of the IAEA in an interview with the press. He explained that the first bombardments and the continuous attacks during the war have endangered the physical integrity of the Zaporizhia plant, the plant located in the southeast of Ukraine and that the Russian troops took at the beginning of March.
“For any nuclear facility to function normally and safely, there are a series of principles and rules that must be respected. And when we see the very particular situation that we have in Zaporizhia, we see that most of these principles, if not all, are being raping,” Grossi said.
The director said that although the plant is taken over by the Russian army, the staff is still Ukrainian, which leads to tense and violent situations. This, together with the knowledge of the lack of equipment and materials at the plant thanks to the few communications that they maintain with the workers, increases the concern about a possible nuclear accident.
For this reason, Grossi has made an urgent appeal to Russia and Ukraine to allow experts to visit the plant with the aim of stabilizing the situation and avoiding a nuclear catastrophe like that of Chernobyl in 1986.
To do this, he demands protection and the cooperation of the two opposing sides so that he and his team can safely access the plant. In addition, he also declared that he would be open to Ukrainian and Russian teams also attending said inspection, as long as this allowed the IAEA to review the status of Zaporizhia.
Amnesty International criticizes Ukraine and Russia
The safety of civilians is another worrying point of war. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that they destroyed a Polish-supplied weapons depot in Lviv by means of a missile attack.
Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, announced: “Air-launched long-range high-precision missiles annihilated a depot in the Radekhiv settlement area of the Lviv region, which stored foreign-made weapons and ammunition delivered to the kyiv regime from Poland”.
He also added that the Russian Aerospace Forces killed more than 50 militants by attacking the Ukrainian army’s deployment site in Mykolaivka in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Just on that day, Ukraine’s Presidential Office released footage of its military launching US-supplied HIMARS rocket systems.
These HIMARS missiles have significantly strengthened the precision strike capability of the Ukrainian Army. These GPS-guided missiles are launched from trucks and are capable of hitting targets up to 80 kilometers away.
Ukraine released the video after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed his country’s forces had destroyed six of the more than a dozen HIMARS rocket launch systems the United States has supplied to Ukraine.
This war scenario has led Amnesty International to criticize both sides for endangering civilians with their combat tactics in its new report. To Russia for its indiscriminate missile attacks and to Ukraine for establishing bases and using this type of weapon in populated residential areas
Zelensky receives Estonian foreign minister
Meanwhile, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, thanked the Estonian Foreign Minister for his country’s support. In particular, for much-needed funds for the reconstruction of Ukraine’s damaged infrastructure.