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The Russian leader once again denounced the “catastrophic consequences” that could result from Ukrainian strikes on the sites of the nuclear power plant, during a telephone call with his French counterpart.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on September 11 of the “catastrophic consequences” of attacks on the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye, the largest in Europe, under the control of Russian forces, according to a report from the Kremlin.
During a telephone conversation with Emmanuel Macron on the latter’s initiative, Vladimir Putin drew attention to “regular Ukrainian attacks against the sites of the Zaporozhye power plant, including the deposit of radioactive waste, which could lead to catastrophic consequences”.
The Russian president also informed his French counterpart of the “measures taken by Russian specialists to ensure the safety of the plant and underlined the need to put pressure on the kyiv authorities so that the bombings targeting the plant stop immediately” .
During what the Kremlin presents as a “frank and detailed exchange of views”, the two leaders also expressed their willingness to “cooperate in a depoliticized manner on the situation around the Zaporozhye power plant, with the participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”.
The press release further states: “Vladimir Putin also underlined that Ukrainian fighters are continuing, using weapons delivered by Western countries, deliberate and massive bombardments of civilian infrastructure in the cities of Donbass from which civilians are suffering.”
The day before, the French presidency had announced that Emmanuel Macron had spoken with Volodymyr Zelensky about the Zaporozhye power plant. “[Les deux présidents] expressed their support for the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” reported the Elysée, quoted by AFP. And to add that the French president had also “questioned President Volodymyr Zelensky on the developments of the conflict on the ground and on the needs of Ukraine to which France could contribute to answering”.
According to the same source, Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky, who had already met on September 5, “share the same demand for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area to guarantee the safety and security of nuclear installations”.
The French president had also spoken in mid-August with his Russian counterpart, who had already denounced the “systematic bombardments by the Ukrainian soldiers” and had underlined the importance of an upcoming IAEA mission.
Do the Russians hit an area they control? “Total delirium”, according to Putin
kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of strikes on the area of the Zaporozhye power plant, which the Russian army took control of early as part of its “special military operation” launched on February 24.
On September 9, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported a “total power outage” in the Ukrainian city of Energodar (south of the country), where the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is located, a situation that “compromises the safety of operations”. “It is totally unacceptable. This cannot continue”, declared in a press release the director general, Rafael Grossi, calling for “immediately to cease the bombardments in the zone”, without pronouncing on the origin of the latter.
On September 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin described as “total delirium” the hypothesis according to which Russian troops could be responsible for the firing that endangered the integrity of the plant, insofar as they already control the installations in question.
In addition, on September 2, the day after the arrival of an IAEA mission at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Ukrainian authorities declared that they had struck a Russian base in Energodar, the town where the nuclear power plant is located.
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Putin encourages Macron to pressure kyiv to stop bombing Zaporozhye — RT in French
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