We may be on the verge of a nuclear disaster, experts describe the situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant near the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar, which has been occupied by Russian soldiers for several months.
This did not change even during the ongoing visit of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was almost thwarted by shelling. The Russian and Ukrainian sides accuse each other of it.
Denník N managed to obtain the testimony of several employees of the power plant, who still work in extremely demanding conditions at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and live in the occupied nuclear town of Enerhodar.
We have changed their names due to concerns for their safety.
Oleg, head of the technical support group:
When the war started, we at Enerhodar thought that the nuclear power plant would be the safest place. Nothing can happen here. It is impossible. If you can hide somewhere in Ukraine, it is in our city.
When the Russian army opened fire on the nuclear blocks from tanks and armored vehicles during the night attack on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, we understood that they could do anything.
I try to look calm as I walk through the checkpoint at the nuclear power plant. Several times I saw how our employees did not want to look the conquerors in the eye when checking documents and were immediately taken to the cellars “for re-education”.
Some returned with marks of burns and beatings on their bodies. Some have not yet returned. And I don’t know if they’re alive.
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