The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommends an immediate cessation of shelling in the vicinity of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in order to avoid further damage to the plant and related facilities. This is stated in the report published on Tuesday, September 6, following the visit of the mission to ZNPP.
The document notes that while shelling continues to threaten nuclear safety and can lead to equipment damage and an unlimited release of radioactive materials. In this regard, it is proposed to create a protective zone around the station.
“This requires the consent of all relevant parties to establish a nuclear safety and security buffer zone around the ZNPP,” the authors of the report pointed out.
The agency’s experts declared their readiness to immediately begin consultations on the creation of a “security zone”. They also called for ensuring supply chains to the plant and communication between ZNPP and all external organizations. In addition, it was stated about the need for exercises to develop an effective response in the event of an emergency.
Sergei Tsekov, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the IAEA in its report states the fact of shelling, but does not give an assessment of who is shelling. In his opinion, all this indicates that pressure was nevertheless exerted on the IAEA, and, as a result, there is no benefit from this report.
The delegation led by the agency’s director general Rafael Grossi arrived at the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP on the afternoon of September 1. During the visit, the experts looked at fragments of rockets fired at the station by Ukrainian troops. The organization recorded damage to a special unit for storing radioactive waste and fresh nuclear fuel. This is stated in the mission report.
On the day of the visit of specialists, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) intensified hostilities in the area of the station. It was reported that four Ukrainian shells exploded at a distance of 400 m from the first power unit. In addition, the Ukrainian landing attempted to capture the station.
The Zaporizhzhya NPP was taken under the protection of Russian forces as part of a special operation of the RV in Ukraine and the Donbass. As Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, noted on August 11, the withdrawal of the Russian military from the facility could turn into a disaster, since Kyiv could use the station for monstrous provocations.
The nuclear power plant is located on the left bank of the Dnieper near the city of Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity.
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