Zaporizhzhia attack recalls 2011 Fukushima disaster, Ukraine envoy says

Ukraine's ambassador to Japan says recent Russian attacks on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine remind him of the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan. Sergiy Korsunsky stressed the need to ensure the safety of nuclear plants.

Korsunsky was speaking to reporters on Friday, the eve of the 12th anniversary of the March 2011 quake and tsunami disaster that triggered nuclear meltdowns at the Japanese plant.

He referred to Russia's missile attacks on many parts of Ukraine on Thursday, saying they targeted civilian infrastructure. He added that Ukraine is preparing for a counteroffensive by procuring modern equipment from its Western supporters.

Speaking about the nuclear disaster in Japan 12 years ago, the ambassador said such an accident should never be repeated. He also said lessons must be drawn from the past, and efforts must be made to prevent future accidents, "specifically when it comes to nuclear terrorism." He added that it is "what we see now in Ukraine against Zaporizhzhia."

Korsunsky expressed hope that Ukraine will take part in the G7 summit to be hosted by Japan in May. He said that as a country under the threat of nuclear weapons, Ukraine wants to have its voice heard by others.