The IAEA called for an end to the fighting at the Zaporizhia NPP, suffering damage

The IAEA called for an end to the fighting at the Zaporizhia NPP, suffering damage
The IAEA called for an end to the fighting at the Zaporizhia NPP, suffering damage

Vienna/Kyiv – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today, in a report on nuclear safety in Ukraine, in which it also published the results of its inspection at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, called for an end to the fighting in and around the southern Ukrainian facility. According to the report, the inspection noted damage near the reactor buildings as well as damaged infrastructure. The IAEA says its inspectors have confirmed the presence of Russian troops and military vehicles and equipment at the plant.

The IAEA also recommended ensuring better conditions for Ukrainian employees who keep the facility operating under Russian supervision. “The current situation is unsustainable at this major nuclear power plant,” the report reads.

“The shelling in and around the site should be stopped immediately to prevent further damage to the plant and related facilities and to ensure the safety of employees and preserve the physical integrity of the plant,” the report said. “This requires the agreement of all parties involved to establish a nuclear safety and security buffer zone around the ZNPP,” the IAEA added.

Russia took control of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) shortly after launching its invasion of Ukraine in February this year. IAEA inspectors arrived at the facility last week on a several-day mission due to concerns about the safety of this largest European nuclear power plant. Two experts of the agency remained on the spot. Both Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of shelling the compound and attacks near it and deny attacking the facility.

According to the report, inspectors also saw evidence of damage, according to which the shelling damaged, among other things, a building with a storage of nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Experts also witnessed shelling and, for example, had to evacuate to the ground floor of one of the buildings on September 3.

The roads, roofs, walls and windows of some buildings and the overpass connecting the blocks are also damaged. The inspection also noted various repair works, but according to her, more will be needed.

“(The inspection) noted with concern that the shelling may have hit structures, systems and individual security-related equipment and may have had significant security implications, causing loss of life and injury to personnel,” the report said. The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, who led the mission and visited the Zaporozhye facility with it last week, said that while previous attacks have not yet caused a nuclear crisis, they represent a constant danger.

Today, Grossi will also present the findings of the inspection to the UN Security Council, writes the AP agency.

In previous weeks, Ukrainian and Western representatives also talked about the placement of military units and military equipment in the power plant area. The British Ministry of Defense or the US State Department have said that Russia is using the device as a protective shield. Kyiv has warned that Moscow is stockpiling weapons at the site.

“The (IAEA) team observed the presence of Russian troops, vehicles and equipment at various locations of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, including several military trucks on the ground floor of the turbine halls of units one and two,” the IAEA wrote in the report. The inspection also took photos of the vehicles in the turbine halls.

Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of further shelling of the Zaporozhye power plant

Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of another shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The Russian Ministry of Defense said today that Ukrainian forces fired 15 missiles into the vicinity of the power plant and the nearby town of Enerhodar. The Ukrainian mayor of Enerhodar, Dmytro Orlov, wrote in a telegram that an explosion rocked the city today and caused the interruption of water and electricity supplies.

“In the last 24 hours, the Ukrainian armed forces fired fifteen times at the city of Enerhodar and at the site of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” the Russian ministry said. According to him, three missiles hit the power plant area, one of them near the water tanks at the second reactor. Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Russian-appointed administration of the Zaporozhye region, claims that seven missiles hit the power plant site.

The Ukrainian mayor of Enerhodar wrote that a strong explosion rocked the city after noon and that residents are currently without water and electricity supplies. He did not specify what caused the explosion.

Information about attacks from both warring parties cannot be independently verified.

The Zaporozhye power plant has been occupied by Russian troops since March, and the whole world is concerned about its safety. Experts from the IAEA have been assessing the situation on site since Thursday, and are due to publish their report today.

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