Last week, a special mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency inspected Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. “We’re playing with fire, and something very, very catastrophic could happen.” That is why in our report we propose the creation of a security zone – said Rafael Grossi, the head of the IAEA.
On Friday, Grossi said in a statement that there is very little likelihood of restoring external power to the plant, and the Ukrainian operator is considering shutting down the last operating reactor. This would make the plant fully dependent on oil-fired emergency generators that keep critical safety functions operational.
“The power plant has no power outside the plant. The repaired infrastructure has been destroyed again. This is absolutely unacceptable,” writes Grossi. The head of the IAEA called for “an immediate cessation of shelling and the establishment of a nuclear safety zone”. “This is the only way to be sure that we are not in danger of a catastrophe,” we read.
Total blackout of Enerhodaru
Gossi also reported that the shelling destroyed the infrastructure that powers the city of Enerhodar. The missiles fell on the distribution station of the municipal thermal power plant, which led to a complete blackout of Enerhodar – no electricity, waterplumbing is down.
The IAEA mission arrived at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant last Thursday. An anonymous employee of the power plant told Ukrainian journalists that the Russians organized a “circus” during the visit. Members of the mission were to convince them that there were no combat units on the site, but radiation, chemical and biological protection units.