shelling The condensate storage tanks at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant were damaged, resulting in a non-radioactive leak, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday, Nov. 21.
Agency experts who inspected the station found that, in addition to the tanks, the shelling also damaged the main road that passes the reactors, the railway line, the compressed air pipeline and the roof of an annex on the territory of the nuclear power plant.
“This is a serious cause for concern as it clearly demonstrates the sheer intensity of attacks on one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.
All six reactors of the nuclear power plant are in stable condition
The IAEA experts called the condition of all six reactor blocks of the station stable – the places where nuclear fuel and waste were stored were not damaged during the impacts.
Four NPP reactors remain in cold shutdown mode, two – in hot shutdown mode, continuing to produce steam and hot water for the needs of ZNPP and Energodar residents, the IAEA said. Station employees have already begun repairing some of the damage and cleaning up the site after the shelling, the agency added.
Resumption of shelling of ZNPP
Russian troops captured the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in March 2022 – shortly after the start of the invasion. Since then, Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused each other of firing at the station.
The last time the territory of the nuclear power plant was fired on November 19 and 20. According to IAEA experts at the station, more than 10 explosions occurred on the site of the nuclear power plant. dangerously close of nuclear reactors.’ “We’re talking meters, not kilometers,” said Grossi.
“There were explosions on the territory of this large nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind this, this must be stopped immediately. As I have said many times, they are playing with fire,” said the head of the IAEA. . Ukraine and Russia are accused of firing at each other.