Russia is using Ukraine’s nuclear plant as the “equivalent of a human shield”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke at the opening of the 10th annual Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference at the U.N. In his speech, he pointed to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, which has included seizing control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
“We saw Russia’s aggression with its seizure of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest such plant in all of Europe. Russia is now using the plant as a military base to fire at Ukrainians, knowing that they can’t and won’t shoot back because they might accidentally strike a nuclear — reactor or highly radioactive waste in storage. That brings the notion of having a human shield to an entirely different and horrific level,” he said.