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Ukraine, nuclear disaster |  International Atomic Energy Agency: A real danger of a nuclear catastrophe at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant

Ukraine, nuclear disaster | International Atomic Energy Agency: A real danger of a nuclear catastrophe at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant

– This underscores the very real danger of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment both in Ukraine and elsewhere, says International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi in a statement according to Reuters.

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Grossi says he is deeply concerned about the devastation caused by Friday’s attack. Among other things, one reactor at the power plant is out of service, and there has been extensive damage to a plant where nitrogen and oxygen are stored, as well as to an additional building, Energoatom reports on Telegram.

They accuse each other

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of being behind Friday’s attack. The nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has been under Russian occupation since March, but it is still mainly run by Ukrainian workers.

– There is still a risk of hydrogen and radioactive material leakage, and the risk of fire is high, writes Energoatom.

Several months ago, the International Atomic Energy Agency wanted to send inspectors to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Ukraine denied inspectors access, claiming that the visit would help legitimize Russia’s occupation of the power plant.

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unstable and unsafe

According to Grossi, Friday’s attacks are just the latest in a long line of increasingly worrying messages from Zaporizhzhya. Grossi said, on Wednesday, that the situation at the power plant is unstable and unsafe.

Every nuclear safety principle has been violated. What is at stake here is very dangerous, dangerous and dangerous, Grossi said.

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– The situation is not stable. “We cannot allow this to continue,” he added.