Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of intentionally deteriorating the situation around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) after it lost connection to the country’s energy grid on Monday.

A spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told that the transmission line connecting Zaporizhia to the Ukrainian power grid had been intentionally disconnected due to a fire. The spokesman also said the line had not been damaged and would be reconnected as soon as the fire was out.

Ukraine blamed Russia for the bombing, which it said caused the fire.

“I find very eloquent the fact that Russia is doing this right now, on the eve of the IAEA conclusions. Bombing the territory of the ZNPP means that the terrorist state does not care what the IAEA says, it does not care what the community decides. International,” Zelensky said in his late-night speech on Monday.

“Russia is only interested in keeping the situation at its worst for as long as possible,” he added, explaining that this is the second time that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been disconnected from the Ukrainian grid, which places it “one step of a radiological catastrophe”.

“This can only be fixed by tightening the sanctions, only by officially recognizing Russia as a terrorist state, at all levels,” Zelensky concluded. “This requires an international response, starting from the UN to all normal states.”

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