The head of the powerful Ukrainian National Security Council warned on Friday that his government still has no full knowledge of the situation inside the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, including the potential threats, despite the inspection carried out by the UN officials.
Oleksiy Danilov, an official crucial to the war in Ukraine, asked in an interview with The Associated Press for greater international support to try to demilitarize the area where the largest nuclear plant in Europe is located.
“No sabemos que está sucediendo ahí, si está siendo por los rusos o no”, declared Danilov in the interior of a building strongly guarded in the center of Kiev, reinforced with bags of sand at the entrance and the windows.
“I want to highlight that it is a challenge for the whole world: how to make this nuclear installation not dangerous. Si la comunidad mundial collaborara con nosotros en este asunto, estaríamos muy agradecidos”.
The intense fighting around Zaporizhia continues despite the fact that the experts of the International Organization of Atomic Energy (OIEA), who initiated an inspection this week, have warned about the dangers of structural damage caused to the installation.
The plant is still operated by Ukrainian personnel and is connected to the national electrical network, but it has been occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion launched on February 24.
Danilov said that as winter approaches, preparations are being made to protect the supply of energy in case the connection with the Zaporizhia plant is lost.
Advirtió that Ukraine is not willing to negotiate a cease fire while Russia remains in Ukrainian territory. “Enfrentamos un enemigo insidioso que es complejo y difícil. Nos engañaríamos si creyéramos que una victoria rápida fuese posible”, he added.
The development of the war goes beyond the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Danilov.
“Even if Putin died, it would not automatically mean the end of the war,” he said. “Hay mucha gente que quiere que continúa la guerra, muchos oligarcas rusos y gente en la conducción rusa están ganando mucho dinero”.
The National Security Council is made up of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ministers of Defensa, Exterior and Interior and Commanders of the Armed Forces and the Intelligence Service.