Kremlin: West should pressure Ukraine to stop shelling nuclear station

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MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that Western countries with influence over Ukraine should push Kyiv to stop shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's largest.

In a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the shelling of the plant was "extremely dangerous".

Peskov said: "We expect the countries that have absolute influence on the Ukrainian leadership to use this influence in order to rule out the continuation of such shelling."

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A view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Both Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for strikes in recent days near the power station, which is in territory controlled by Russian forces.

On Friday, Russian-installed officials in the nearby town of Enerhodar said Ukrainian shelling had damaged power lines servicing the plant. On Monday, Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Russian-installed administration of Zaporizhzhia region, said the plant was working normally, Interfax reported.

The head of Ukraine's state nuclear power company called on Monday for the plant to be made a demilitarised zone under the control of foreign peacekeepers. read more

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Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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