top Russian reliable warns of possible nuclear accident at Zaporizhzhia - Reuters

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - the pinnacle of Russia's state-run atomic power agency, Rosatom, warned on Monday there changed into a possibility of a nuclear accident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Europe's greatest, following renewed shelling over the weekend.

Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations of shelling the ability for months considering that Russian forces took handle of it in March, presently after invading Ukraine. Renewed shelling on Sunday caused clean fears of a likely catastrophe at the site.

"The plant is at risk of a nuclear accident. We were in negotiations with the international Atomic energy agency (IAEA) all evening," Interfax quoted Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev as announcing.

Rosatom has managed the facility via a subsidiary on the grounds that President Vladimir Putin in October ordered Russia to formally capture the plant and transfer Ukrainian team of workers to a Russian entity. Kyiv says the transfer of belongings quantities to theft.

The IAEA has called for the introduction of a protection zone across the plant, whatever thing Likhachev noted would only be possible if it became permitted by means of the USA.

"I think the colossal distance between Washington and Zaporizhzhia may still not be an argument for the U.S. to delay the determination on a safety zone," Interfax quoted him as announcing.

The Rosatom head also talked about it seemed Kyiv turned into inclined to "accept" a "small nuclear accident" at the nuclear power station

"This will be a precedent which will perpetually alternate the direction of heritage. therefore everything should be performed in order that no person has of their minds to violate the safety of the nuclear power plant," TASS quoted him as announcing.

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