Russian and Ukrainian officials have made duelling claims about taking organisational control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
Ukraine rejects Russia nuclear plant claim
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to take control of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, as the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned that power supply to the site was “extremely fragile”.
However, the boss of Ukraine’s state energy agency announced he was taking over the plant, which has become a focus of international concern due to the possibility of a nuclear disaster after shelling in the area for which Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other.
Russia captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) in March shortly after invading Ukraine but Ukrainian staff have continued to operate it.
The plant is located in the southern Ukrainian region also called Zaporizhzhia, one of four regions that Putin formally incorporated into Russia on Wednesday in a move condemned by Ukraine as an illegal land grab.