Nuclear safety zone around Zaporozhye nuclear power plant should be created immediately - Grossi - Ukraine news, Politics

Nuclear safety zone around Zaporozhye nuclear power plant should be created immediately – Grossi – Ukraine news, Politics

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, in a special statement, called for an immediate cessation of all shelling in the area of ​​the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and called the situation with the plant’s power supply “very serious.”

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Grossi said that the IAEA staff who remained at the Zaporizhzhya NPP told him about “the serious situation that developed last night at the plant.”

He said it was “unlikely” to restore a reliable external power supply to the Zaporizhzhya NPP with ongoing shelling, especially one that damages energy infrastructure.

The head of the IAEA understands that the operator (Energoatom.Note. ed.) in such a situation, considers shutting down the only remaining operating reactor. In this case, the safety and reliability of the plant will depend only on the operation of standby diesel generators, and it will not be possible to restart the reactors until a permanent external power supply is restored.

Grossi states that “the situation is becoming more and more dangerous. Energodar is disabled. The power plant has no external power. And we have seen that the infrastructure that has already been repaired is being disabled again.”

The IAEA considers this situation completely unacceptable.

“I urge an immediate cessation of all shelling in the entire area. Only this will ensure the safety of the plant and operational personnel, as well as restore reliable power supply to Energodar and the nuclear power plant,” Grossi said.

He stressed that everything that is happening “shows the absolute need for the immediate establishment of a nuclear safety zone” around the station, and this is the only way to ensure that it does not face a nuclear accident.

Reuters reported today that Poland and Canada have prepared a draft IAEA resolution that calls on Russia to stop any actions against Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.

REFERENCE. On March 4, 2022, the invaders seized Energodar and Zaporizhzhya NPP near the city. It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the third largest in the world. On August 5, Russia launched artillery shelling of the territory near the ZNPP site. As a result of three recorded hits, the ZNPP high-voltage power distribution line, the Zaporizhzhya TPP, was damaged. On the afternoon of August 25, Russia disconnected the ZNPP from the last intact high-voltage line. Zelensky said that ZNPP was on the verge of disaster.

Read also: All nuclear safety standards have been violated. 5 IAEA conclusions about what they saw at the Zaporozhye NPP

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