Occupied Ukrainian nuclear power plant suffers “serious damage” from shelling
According to the UN’s nuclear watchdog, there is a “very real risk of a nuclear disaster” following military strikes that damaged Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine in a manner reminiscent of the Chernobyl disaster.
The attacks, which led to the shutdown of one of the plant’s reactors, were blamed on each other by Kiev and Moscow.
According to Ukrainian state-run nuclear operator Energoatom, the munitions damaged a station containing nitrogen and oxygen as well as an auxiliary building when they fell on the nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest atomic power complex, on Friday.
The strikes “threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond,” according to Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Despite the strikes hitting a power cable and causing one of the reactors to shut down, no radioactive leak has yet been found.
According to Energoatom, “there are still risks of leaking hydrogen and radioactive materials, and the risk of fire is also high.”
The European Union reacted angrily to Russia’s accusations on Saturday over the shelling, which Moscow has claimed was directed at Ukrainian forces.
Josep Borrell, the head of the EU’s diplomatic mission, posted on Twitter, “The EU condemns Russia’s military activities around the (hashtag)Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.”
“This is a serious and reckless violation of nuclear safety regulations and another illustration of Russia’s disregard for international norms,” the statement reads.
Russian troops, according to Enerhoatom, are using the basement of the plant as a cover from Ukrainian shelling, and Ukrainian employees are not allowed to enter.
Enerhoatom, a Ukrainian state enterprise, posted on its Telegram channel that “Ukrainian personnel do not yet have access to these premises, so in the event of new shelling, people have no shelter and are in danger.”
A serious risk to the plant’s safe operation had been created by the shelling.
Since the beginning of their invasion, Russian forces have been occupying the Zaporizhzhia plant, and Kiev accuses them of keeping large amounts of ammunition there.
Borrell insisted that the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, be permitted access to the facility.
He went on to say that any military action that endangered the plant’s safety and security was “completely unacceptable” and needed to be avoided at all costs.
A team to inspect the plant has been requested by the IAEA for weeks.
The efforts have been rejected so far by Ukraine because, in its opinion, they would give Russia legal standing to occupy the location in the eyes of the rest of the world.
It stated that workers for Russian nuclear company Rosatom had left the facility just before the attacks, but that workers for Ukraine had stayed on and the facility was still operational.
Short Summary of Nokia News.
The attacks forced one of the reactors to shut down, the plant’s operator saidUkraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, saw a power cable damaged in the strikes that forced one of its reactors to stop workingThe operator said there are ‘risks’ of ‘hydrogen and radioactive’ leaks in the area