Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, announced on Tuesday that a visit to the IAEA mission in the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant is possible in the coming days. As he said, it would help stabilize the nuclear safety and security situation in this place and reduce the risk of a major nuclear accident in Europe.
“Authorities Ukraine informed IAEAthat I reissued in the last days by Russia the shelling caused further damage at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. Once again, the serious threat to nuclear safety and the need for an expert mission to go there was underlined, “said Rafael Mariano Grossi in a statement posted on the IAEA website.
Ukraine informed the agency that the shelling by Russian forces last weekend damaged the power plant’s infrastructure, including laboratories and chemical installations, said Director Grossi. Russia also shelled the vicinity of the power plant on Monday, which damaged the transformers of a nearby heat and power plant.
The presence of the IAEA “will help stabilize the situation”
“These incidents show why the IAEA needs to urgently send a mission to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. I continue to consult very actively and intensively with all parties to ensure this happens as soon as possible. The IAEA presence will help stabilize the nuclear safety and security situation at the site and reduce the risk. a major nuclear accident in Europe. I expect the mission to take place in the next few days if the ongoing negotiations are successful, “said the IAEA Director General.
Ukraine announced on Tuesday to the IAEA that ten of the country’s 15 nuclear reactors are currently connected to the grid, including two in Zaporizhia, three at the Rivne nuclear power plant, three at the Mykolaiv Oblast NPP and two at the Khmelnytskyi nuclear power plant.
Grossi also announced that the IAEA continues to receive data on the safeguards of the four operating nuclear power plants in Ukraine, as well as from the Chernobyl power plant.
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