The head of the IAEA said that the nuclear safety situation at ZNPP is extremely unstable

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The nuclear safety situation at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is “extremely vulnerable,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Raphael Grossi said Monday, calling on the parties to reach an agreement on protecting the plant.

“Ukraine’s #ZNPP lost all external power for the 7th time this morning during the conflict, forcing it to rely on emergency diesel generators, the nuclear safety situation at the plant is extremely vulnerable. We must agree to protect the station now. Grossi tweeted:

Earlier today, the power plant announced that due to the disconnection of the last high-voltage line, diesel generators were put into operation. The reasons for the disconnection of the high-voltage line are being investigated. The radiation level remains within normal limits.

Located on the left bank of the Dnieper River, the Zaporizhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of number of units and energy production. It came under the control of Russian forces in early March 2022 and has since been shelled repeatedly, sparking international concern over a possible nuclear accident. On October 5, the Zaporizhia NPP was placed under the control of Russian structures on the instructions of President Vladimir Putin.

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