International Atomic Energy Agency Director Rafael Grossi warned on Tuesday that the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant had “completely spiraled out of control” since Russian forces seized the facility in March.
“Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated,” Grossi warned. “You have a list of things that should not happen at any nuclear facility.”
Zaporizhzhia is the largest operating nuclear power plant in Europe. The factory is located in the city of Enerhodar, southeast of Ukraine took over By Russian forces on March 3, in a battle a nearby training facility was set on fire.
The list of bad hair-triggering behaviors Grossi mentioned is really long. For one thing, the power plant is still in operation, under the supervision of the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency describe it As a “contradictory position”: Zaporizhzhya is controlled by Russia, but its native Ukrainian crew is still handling operations, and the two groups are not cooperating smoothly.
Grossi said his agency had “wrong” and “incomplete” contacts with the Ukrainian staff and could not guarantee they were getting all the supplies they needed.
Furthermore, fighting continues around the nuclear plant, including an exchange of artillery fire that has come dangerously close to the plant’s six reactors. Ukrainian and US officials accuse Russia of using the facility as a base to attack Ukrainian forces, apparently confident that the Ukrainians would not dare return fire at a nuclear power plant.
“There are credible reports, including in the media today, that Russia is using this plant as equivalent to a human shield, but it is a nuclear shield in the sense that it shoots at the Ukrainians from around the plant and of course the Ukrainians cannot respond lest there be a terrible accident related to a nuclear plant,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Accused on Monday.
The Russians, in turn, accuse Ukraine of deliberately attacking the plant with US-supplied weapons while Russian forces valiantly protect it. Grossi complained that Russia and Ukraine were reluctant to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit the site.
He said, referring to Excellent reason for not trusting the Russians to run an elusive nuclear plant in a war zone.
“The IAEA must go to Zaporizhia, as it did in Chernobyl, to ascertain the facts of what is really happening there, to carry out repairs and inspections, to prevent a nuclear accident,” Grossi He said.
The presence of the International Atomic Energy Agency will be a deterrent to any violent action against this nuclear power plant. So I appeal as an international civil servant, as the head of an international organization, I appeal to both sides to allow this mission to move forward,” he said.
It was more artillery fire mentioned On Thursday in Nikopol, located across the Dnipro from Zaporizhzhia. Russian missiles hit fifty apartment buildings and bring down power lines, leaving Nikopol without power.