At the moment, the United States does not want to define the Russian attack on the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia as a “war crime”. But this morning’s tweet from the US Embassy in Ukraine spoke openly of a “war crime,” and then the State Department sent an urgent letter to all other US diplomatic offices urging them not to retweet or delete the message. CNN reports. So far, the US administration has not called any of Russia’s actions in Ukraine a “war crime”.
The attack on the nuclear power plant is the “peak of irresponsibility.” On the other hand, this is the official position taken by White House spokesman Jen Psaki, at a press briefing. There are also the words of the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield: “The world narrowly avoided a nuclear catastrophe overnight when a fire broke out during Russia’s seizure of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine.” He added that Russia’s actions were “reckless” and “dangerous,” according to the Guardian.
Reaction to the event has also reached Europe. “The largest nuclear power plant has been attacked and this is unacceptable because it can cause disastrous consequences,” Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, said at the press conference held at the end of the extraordinary meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council. But from Russia they are trying to belittle: “We do not want nuclear pollution, we are interested in maintaining nuclear safety in Ukraine, since we are close to Ukraine.” “The danger to civilians does not come from the Russians, it comes from the Ukrainians who use them as human shields,” said the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, speaking of the attack on the Zaporizhia factory.
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