Ukrainian Archbishop condemns attack on nuclear facility | earth beat

Rome- The attack and seizure of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by Russian forces could lead to an ecological disaster 10 times worse than the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has said.

In a video message posted March 4, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych said the attack should be a cause for concern for the world, especially for those “who care about the environment, those who care about the ecological conscience of humanity”.

“This is not just becoming a humanitarian catastrophe before our eyes. It is an irreversible attack on God’s creation that for decades, for centuries, will be impossible to correct,” he said. “Ukraine has already experienced Chernobyl. Now it stands on the threshold of a new atomic threat which may be 10 times worse.”

According to Reuters news agency, a fire that broke out at a training center at the facility, which is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, was extinguished after Russian troops captured the site.

Although the fire took place in an area outside the main factory and there were no signs of high radiation levels, the attack prompted a response from the International atomic energy.

“I am extremely concerned about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and what happened there overnight,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said in a March 4 statement.

“Firing shells in the area of ​​a nuclear power plant violates the fundamental principle that the physical integrity of nuclear facilities must be maintained and kept safe at all times,” he said.

The attack was also condemned by Burmese Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.

“The nightmare scenario of a global nuclear holocaust is becoming a frightening possibility,” Cardinal Bo said in a March 4 statement. “The massive attacks on Ukraine and the imminent threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction have brought the world to the brink of self-annihilation. The heartbreaking scenes of the attacks in Ukraine have shocked the world. This must stop.

In his video message, Archbishop Shevchuk said Russia’s continued bombardment has cost countless innocent lives and brought “rivers of blood and a sea of ​​tears” to Ukraine.

He also addressed the many refugees who fled the country following the Russian invasion, which began in late February. As of March 3, more than 1.2 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, the UN Refugee Agency reported.

“To you, dear daughters, children, sons of our nation, I say to you: we are waiting for you at home. We are waiting for you at home when Ukraine has a peaceful sky. And your Mother Church will accompany you, help you there where the horrors of this war could take you,” he said.

Archbishop Shevchuk said that thanks to the country’s soldiers, “Ukraine is winning, Ukraine is standing, Ukraine is fighting.”

He also prayed that Saint Michael, the patron saint of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, “will fight for Ukraine! Slay this demon that attacks and kills us, bringing devastation and death.”

“We perceive today that Archangel Michael, together with the whole heavenly host, is fighting for Ukraine,” Bishop Shevchuk said.

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