“Additional clarification is needed as there are a number of issues with the report. I will not list them now, but we asked the head of the IAEA for an explanation,” Lavrov said.
The report of the IAEA inspectors states that there is damage near the reactor buildings and the infrastructure is also damaged. Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned in this context that “we are playing with fire and something really catastrophic could happen”.
The agency’s inspectors confirmed that there are Russian soldiers and military equipment in and around the facility and that shelling is extremely dangerous.
The plant has been controlled by the Russians since the end of March, but is operated by Ukrainian personnel and connected to the Ukrainian power grid. Both Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of shelling.
We are playing with fire at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, the head of the IAEA warned
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia had provided the IAEA with full details of the source of the shelling and did not understand why the organization did not name Ukraine as the source of the attacks on the nuclear power plant in its report.
In this context, she accused the West of exerting pressure on the International Atomic Energy Agency. “The fact that the West has been putting pressure on the IAEA all along and is not stopping is obvious,” she said on Sputnik radio.
It also said that Ukraine was coordinating its attacks on the facility with the help of the United States and other Western nations.
“According to recent revelations, the armed forces of Ukraine coordinate strikes directly with the Americans, with the Pentagon, with the West. This means that all data is exchanged. How can we say in this situation that it is impossible to find out who is shooting and from which side?” Zakharova said.
Ukraine denies the attack on the plant and has accused Moscow of storing heavy weapons at the nuclear power plant, which Russia denies.