Ukraine, explosions in Zaporizhzhia, the IAEA: “stop immediately”

Ukraine, explosions in Zaporizhzhia, the IAEA: “stop immediately”

At least a dozen powerful explosions were recorded between last night and today in the area of ​​the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This was reported by the experts of the IAEA – the International Atomic Energy Agency – who are located near the site. The explosions are due to “alleged bombings”, according to a tweet from the Agency. “Some buildings, systems and equipment at the site have been damaged, but none critically to nuclear safety so far,” they add.

“The news from our team yesterday and this morning is extremely disturbing – explains the agency in a statement – explosions have occurred at the site of this important nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable: whoever is behind it must stop immediately. You are playing with fire.” The raids – says the IAEA – come after a period of relative calm “and underline the urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident.

Agency experts said there were at least a dozen explosions, some of which were not only heard but also seen: “Damage was recorded to some buildings, systems and equipment at the Zaporizhzhia site, but none of them has so far undermined nuclear safety. There have been no reports of casualties. IAEA experts are in close contact with site management and will continue to assess and report on the situation.

IAEA Director-General Raphael Grossi renewed his urgent appeal to both sides to the conflict to agree and implement as soon as possible a nuclear safety and security zone around the nuclear power plant In recent months, the agency has engaged in intensive consultations with Ukraine and Russia to establish that the area of ​​the site will be preserved from bombing, but no agreement has been reached so far.