IAEA Head Rafael Grossi speaks to journalists upon his return from ZNPP. September 2, 2022 The IAEA insists on the creation of a nuclear safety zone around the ZNPP
The report on the results of the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP notes that some parts of the power plant were damaged
On Tuesday, in Energodar, occupied by Russian troops, where the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is located, explosions were heard and electricity was cut off. This happened a few hours before the publication of the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was supposed to assess the threat of a nuclear catastrophe. , but is still operated by personnel of the Ukrainian company Energoatom. Over the past month, the territory of the nuclear power plant has been regularly subjected to shelling, in which Kyiv and Moscow blame each other. Ukraine has also repeatedly accused Russia of stationing troops and military equipment at the power plant.
The report on the results of the mission to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, prepared on Tuesday by the IAEA, lists the damage caused to the plant and recommends improving the working conditions of Ukrainian personnel servicing the plant. The presence of Russian military personnel, vehicles and equipment at the ZNPP is also mentioned.
“Ukrainian personnel serving the station under Russian military occupation are constantly under severe stress and pressure, especially with a limited number of personnel,” the IAEA said. “This is unacceptable and could lead to errors with implications for nuclear safety.”
However, the report states that despite the difficult circumstances, the IAEA “has not found any indication that could raise concern regarding distribution.”
“Until the end of the conflict and the restoration of stable conditions, there is an urgent need for temporary measures to prevent a nuclear accident resulting from physical damage caused by military means,” the document emphasizes. “This can be achieved by immediately establishing a secure nuclear safety zone.”
“Continued shelling could damage other critical plant systems and equipment and lead to more serious consequences, including the unrestricted release of radioactive materials into the environment. Therefore, any shelling that jeopardizes the safety and security of the ZNPP must be avoided,” the agency concludes.
Russia has so far ignored international calls to withdraw its troops from the territory of the NPP and demilitarize the area.
< br /> Dmitry Orlov, the mayor of Energodar, who operates outside Russian-controlled territory, reported on social media that a powerful explosion was heard shortly after noon. Residents were left without electricity and water.
IAEA inspectors released their report after a visit to the nuclear power plant last week led by the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi. Two IAEA experts remained at the nuclear power plant.