Zelenskiy: Nuclear plant came near to 'radiation calamity'

Zelenskiy: Nuclear plant came near to 'radiation calamity'

Last regular line to Russia-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear site was cut.

The Ukrainian president said IAEA officials must have immediate access to the facility.

Zelenskiy blamed Russia for ash dump fires that shut down Europe's largest nuclear complex.

Diesel backup generators kept the plant safe, he claimed.

"If our personnel hadn't reacted after the blackout, we would've had a radioactive mishap," he said.

"Russia has put Ukraine and Europe on the brink of a nuclear tragedy,"

IAEA officials must enter before the occupants make the situation irreversible.

Thursday's incident marked the plant's first complete closure in 40 years, according to Energoatom.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February and took the factory in March. Ukrainian specialists still operate it.

Russia and Ukraine accuse one other of attacking the site, causing nuclear worries.

Joe Biden spoke to Zelenskiy on Thursday about a demilitarised zone around the plant.

IAEA: Ukraine claimed the reactor lost power, "further emphasising the need for a site inspection."