The EU should explore the option of mounting a peacekeeping mission to the Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said during a Council of the European Union session on Aug. 30. Landsbergis stressed that the world is currently on the cusp of a major nuclear catastrophe.
“To be frank, expressing regret about the situation could be not enough,” said Landsbergis.
“I think we should come back and re-examine the six-months-old peacekeeping mission proposal – perhaps even an armed one – that could guarantee ZNPP safety.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced a ZNPP monitoring mission on Aug. 29. A delegation of 14 IAEA experts, helmed by agency chief Rafael Grossi, is currently in Kyiv, and is scheduled to arrive at the ZNPP on Aug. 31.
The Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station's employees are captives of the occupying troops.
The Kremlin uses the facility as cover for its forces, as Ukraine can’t return fire for the risk of causing a nuclear calamity.
Recently-emerged footage showed numerous Russian military vehicles parked inside the main turbine hall of the facility, some 150 meters away from the nearest reactor.