According to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, “the shelling at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant Zaporizhya underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond.”
Since the Russians control this plant, and actually the whole city of Zaporizhya, it would be pretty odd if they decided to shell territory they already hold. Besides, the Russians publicly claim that they keep urging the UN to send their mission as soon as possible. Up until now, however, those appeals have fallen on deaf ears.
As for determining the culprits of these crimes, somehow I believe we need more reliable witnesses than Zelensky to tell the truth. More and more witnesses, including Amnesty International and western journalists, report that Ukrainian army is responsible for using civilians as human shields, placing artillery near schools and hospitals, shelling of civilian targets, including water, electric, and gas infrastructure, at times using NATO-supplied weapons and petal mines which are specifically prohibited by EU-Ukraine agreements signed back in 2013 per the Ottawa Convention. Indeed, the EU and NATO were supposedly helping Ukraine destroy its petal mine stockpiles. In any event, if the UN has any relevance left at all, the immediate dispatch of an IAEA team to this nuclear power plant is long overdue.Nuclear Catastrophe Is Gaining Momentum in Ukraine – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization
The Russians are getting ready to switch off the power being sent to Ukraine from this plant, and transfer all of it to Crimea, and or Russia. Why would Russia sabotage this? It only makes sense that Zelensky knows this plan as well, and is trying to prevent it from happening. One massive power line has already been damaged, and/or put out of action.
Lack of outside power and an earthquake damaging the plants (which could happen via shelling) is what melted down the six nuclear reactors and melted down the spent fuel pools in Japan in 2011.