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The danger of an accident increases at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant

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The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the south of Ukraine is Europe’s largest and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 2021. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi is now warning that the danger of destruction is increasing after the recent many drone attacks on the facility. Archive photo: AP/NTB

Of NTB | 15.04.2024 23:03:22

War and conflicts: The Zaporizhzhya power plant is Europe’s largest and has been occupied by Russian forces since shortly after the February 2022 invasion.

The power plant was shut down the same year after repeated artillery attacks and is monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In the last week, the nuclear power plant has been attacked with drones several times. These are the first direct attacks against the facility since 2022. Russia accuses Ukrainian forces of being behind it, which Ukraine denies.

– These reckless attacks must stop immediately, emphasized IAEA chief Rafael Grossi when he briefed the UN Security Council on Monday.

– Fortunately, this time it has not led to radioactive incidents, but the risk increases significantly at the Zaporizhzhya power plant, where nuclear safety has already been weakened, he said.

The recent attacks have created a very dangerous precedent, stated Rossi, who points to the fact that the reactor building itself has suffered damage.

– Two years of war have taken a toll on nuclear safety at the Zaporizhzhya power plant. The IAEA’s seven pillars of nuclear safety have all been affected. We cannot sit idly by and watch the scales tip over this finely balanced scale, he said.

– We have come dangerously close to a nuclear accident, warns Grossi.

(© NTB)

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