Ukrainian Energy Agency warns of risks from Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant
Kyiv: Ukraine’s state nuclear agency Enerhoatom has warned of a growing risk of fire and radiation from the bombing of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
“The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant operates at the risk of violating radiation protection and fire protection standards,” the agency said on Telegram, following an attack on the site on Saturday.
Shelling the day before damaged a nitrogen plant and an auxiliary part of the power plant, the dpa news agency reported citing Enerhoatom.
“There remains a risk of hydrogen leakage and dispersal of radioactive particles, and the risk of fire is also high.”
Staff at the Ukrainian plant are trying to maintain security levels despite these conditions, but the threat posed by the occupation of the plant by Russian troops remains high.
The plant may have been mined by Russian troops, according to a report by The Insider which criticizes the Kremlin.
A video allegedly shot earlier this week showed Russian military trucks entering the factory site and unloading goods.
One of the trucks entered the plant’s engine room.
The insider said either the plant itself or the area around it has been mined.
“The EU condemns Russia’s military activities around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which constitute a serious and irresponsible violation of nuclear security rules and another example of Russia’s failure to comply with international standards,” the official said. EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, demanding access from the International. Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the plant.
On March 4, the nuclear and thermal power plants were both captured by Russian forces.
The plant continues to be operated by Ukrainian personnel, under Russian control.
Last week, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi expressed serious concerns about the physical integrity of the plant, whether all necessary repairs and maintenance were carried out, and the security of nuclear materials.