Officials in Europe are accusing Russia of weaponizing fuel after it cut off a major pipeline, saying the oil supply won’t be turned back on until sanctions over its war in Ukraine are lifted. This comes as fighting threatens Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Fire is exactly the word you don’t want to hear at a nuclear energy plant. But that’s what happened at Zaporizhzhia amid sustained shelling.
Ukraine’s energy body, Energoatum, said it deliberately took the plant off the grid so that the fire could be extinguished.
The station is occupied by Russia, but operated by Ukrainian technicians. Two permanent IAEA inspectors are now stationed at the plant.
But in Ukraine, there’s growing impatience with the UN watchdog, and state nuclear chief Petro Kotin wants solutions.
“We must have some kind of viable results from this mission. It should be more than ‘concern,'” Kotin said, adding that UN peacekeepers should also be deployed at the plant.
Further afield, a fierce battle is being …