Ukrainian attacks risk ‘nuclear disaster’ – Rosatom — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Moscow calls on IAEA to stop Kyiv’s bombing of Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

The resumption of Ukrainian artillery attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP) has created the risk of a nuclear disaster, Rosatom director general Alexey Likhachev told reporters on Monday. Moscow has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to name and shame the attacker so that kyiv stops bombing the facility.

“We have been in talks with the IAEA all night,” Likhachev told reporters at Atomexpo-2022 in Sochi. After a “relatively quiet” Since September, at least 30 projectiles have hit the facility over the weekend, damaging backup generators and the spent fuel storage facility, he added.

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been under the control of Russian troops since February 28. While the reactor blocks are strong enough to withstand bombardment, damaging spent fuel containers risks releasing radioactive materials into the atmosphere, with unpredictable consequences.

The Ukrainian military has repeatedly targeted the facility with Western-supplied artillery, while claiming that Russia is organizing “false flag” incidents to make kyiv look bad. However, the Ukrainian General Staff eventually admitted to hitting the area around the ZNPP.

The weekend attacks were the first major incident since the IAEA established a permanent observer mission at the ZNPP in early September. On Sunday, IAEA Director General Mariano Grossi called for an immediate halt to the bombings, saying the world “To have good luck” one “serious nuclear incident” did not happen this time. However, once again, he did not name the culprit.

On Monday, the Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry called on the IAEA to fully do its duty and identify those responsible for the bombing.

IAEA specialists completed their inspection of the facility on Monday afternoon and sent their report to headquarters, Likhachev’s top aide Renat Karchaa told Russian Channel 1 television.

“They were accompanied by a highly trained ballistics specialist which we provided, and once again it has been convincingly demonstrated that the origin of these artillery strikes was Marganets,” a town in Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk region, Karchaa said.

Karchaa also told reporters that Rosatom was “take measures” to fortify the spent fuel storage facility and other parts of the ZNPP, although he did not provide any details.


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