Speaking before the UN Security Council on Thursday, August 11, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requested access to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of having bombed.
“The situation is serious and the IAEA must be authorized to carry out its mission in Zaporizhia as soon as possible,” explained Rafael Grossi, who spoke via video during this emergency Security Council meeting.
” Hurry up “he stressed, while the IAEA has been trying for weeks to send a mission to inspect the facility.
Paris calls on Moscow to withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhia power plant
France is very concerned about the serious threat posed by Russia to Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, the French Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Russia must immediately withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and return full control of the plant to Ukraine, the Quai d’Orsay added in a statement “the presence and actions of the armed forces Russian armies near the plant greatly increase the risk of an accident with potentially devastating consequences. »
Kyiv and local pro-Russian authorities later accused each other of being responsible for a fresh bombardment that hit the Zaporijia power plant in southern Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls on the world to react
For his part, the Ukrainian President called on the entire international community “react immediately” to hunt “the inmates” Russians.
“Only the total withdrawal of the Russians would guarantee nuclear safety for all of Europe.”
get in shape
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also called on Kyiv officials on Thursday not to openly discuss the military tactics used against Russia with journalists. He described such comments as “Honestly irresponsible”.
After explosions rocked a Russian airbase in Crimea on Tuesday, the New York Times and Washington Post, citing unidentified Kyiv officials, reported that Ukrainian forces were responsible.
The Ukrainian government does not want to say whether he was behind the explosions.
“War is certainly not the time for vanity and sensationalist declarations. The fewer details you give about our defense plans, the better for execution. implementation of these defense plans”Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a daily video address.
“If you want to make headlines, that’s one thing – it’s frankly irresponsible. If you want victory for Ukraine, that’s another thing and you have to be aware of your responsibility for every word you say in Ukraine government defense or counterattack plans”he added.
Russian oil production and export
In its August report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that Russian oil production in July fell by almost 3% from pre-war levels to 310,000 barrels per day.
Total oil exports, meanwhile, fell by 580,000 barrels a day. According to the IEA, by diverting Russian oil to India, China and Turkey, it has managed to offset the decline in exports to Europe, the USA, Japan and South Korea.