It is inexcusable for Russia to use Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as cover for missile strikes. Russia’s behavior at the Zaporizhzhia facility violates international humanitarian law, which prohibits both attacks on nuclear power plants and the use of human shields to avoid enemy attacks or reprisals. Russia’s armed forces must remove their weapons immediately from the site and surrounding area.
In addition, we are gravely concerned for the well-being of Ukrainian staff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following alarming reports of alleged human rights abuses at the hands of occupying Russian soldiers.
We urge Russia to give the International Atomic Energy Agency immediate, full and open access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and to plant personnel.
According to Ukraine’s nuclear power operator Energoatom, radiation, fire, and environmental conditions at the Zaporizhzhia facility remain stable and the IAEA continues to receive remote safeguards data from the plant."