US accuses Russia of violating nuclear safety principles in Ukraine

The United States has accused Russia of violating nuclear safety principles in Ukraine and demanded its invading forces stop firing on nuclear power plants.

But the US added that there were no signs detected yet of any radiological release in the country.

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a Twitter post that radiation monitors in much of Ukraine were still functioning, although the US was concerned by lack of data from safeguards monitors at Chernobyl or Zaporizhzhia, which is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Both plants are under Russian forces’ control but are being operated by Ukrainian staff under conditions that the International Atomic Energy Agency said endangers the safety of the facilities.

“We remain concerned about Russia’s reckless actions and violations of nuclear safety principles,” Ms Granholm said.

After fighting and apparent shelling around the Zaporizhzhia plant a week ago, the Russian military accused Ukrainian forces of a “provocation.”

Ms Granholm said the US could not confirm reports that power has been restored to Chernobyl.

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