The G7 (G7) accused Moscow of “endangering” the Ukrainian region around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and demanded that the station be returned to Ukraine.
“We demand that Russia immediately return to its sovereign and rightful owner, Ukraine, full control of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” the G-7 statement, released Wednesday by Germany, said.
“Ukrainian employees who operate the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye should be able to perform their duties without threats and pressure,” she added.
The G7 noted that they were “extremely concerned about the serious threat” from the Russian military to the “security” of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.
She explained that control of it by Russian forces “significantly increases the risk of a nuclear accident” and “endangers the Ukrainian people, neighboring countries and the international community.”
Moscow and Kyiv exchange accusations in connection with the bombing of nuclear facilities at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant last week. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of a Chernobyl-like disaster.
Ukrainian operating company Energotom said on Tuesday evening: “Russian forces are preparing to connect the plant to Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014,” noting that “they are harming it by continuing to divert electricity generation.”