Russia has mined the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, asserts IAEA

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: January 20 2024 at 08:42 pm

The presence of mines does not meet IAEA safety standards. IAEA experts have again found mines in the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, occupied by Russians.

This was reported by the IAEA press service.

“Mines around the perimeter of the ZNPP, in the buffer zone between the plant's inner and outer fences, previously identified by the IAEA team and removed in November 2023, are now back in place. This is a restricted access area, not accessible to the plant's working staff. Director General Grossi reiterated that the presence of mines does not comply with IAEA safety standards,” the statement said. Additionally, IAEA experts reported that the ZNPP once again lost its backup power source for reactor installations for eight hours this week.

Earlier this week, IAEA experts gained access to the reactor hall of Unit 6, but are still seeking access to other reactor halls, as well as to parts of all six turbine halls they have yet to visit.

It was previously reported that the occupiers are not allowing IAEA experts into certain halls at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. This was the first time they were denied access to the reactor hall of a power unit that was in cold shutdown.

On the night of December 1st, a complete blackout occurred at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. As a result, the plant switched to using its own diesel generators for power. This posed a threat to nuclear safety.

Moreover, experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, who are at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, assert that the Russian army is using the plant as a firing position for deploying MLRS and for shelling Ukrainian territories."

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