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YouUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called Russia’s actions around Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant “the height of irresponsibility”, accusing Moscow of using it as a “nuclear shield” in attacks on Ukrainian forces Is.

In March, Russia was accused of dangerously firing shells near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant as its military took over it in the first weeks of Ukraine’s invasion.

After nuclear non-proliferation talks at the United Nations in New York, Blinken told reporters that Washington was “deeply concerned” that Moscow was now using the plant as a military base and firing at Ukrainian forces from its vicinity. Is.

“Of course, the Ukrainians cannot retaliate, lest there be a terrible nuclear plant accident,” he said.

Blinken described it as a “nuclear shield”, adding that Russia’s actions went beyond using a “human shield”.

The Russian mission to the United Nations in New York strongly rejected Mr. Blinken’s allegations.

The Russian UN mission said in a statement, “We have repeatedly stated that the actions of our armed forces do not in any way undermine Ukraine’s nuclear security or interfere with the routine operation of the NPP (Nuclear Power Plant). Is.”

It said the sole purpose of the Russian military’s capture of Zaporizhzhya was “to prevent Ukrainian nationalist formations and foreign mercenaries from using the current situation in Ukraine to carry out nuclear provocation with the most unexpected consequences.”

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