IAEA chief Grossi: experts will assess the damage of the ZNPP from the shelling on Monday
PARIS, November 20 – RIA Novosti. Rafael Grossi, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) judicial It’s the “most serious” situation around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, and IAEA experts said they would assess the plant’s damage from bombing “if the situation permits” on Monday.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that on Saturday and Sunday morning Ukrainian troops fired more than 20 large-caliber artillery shells on the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and along the power line feeding the station, the radiation situation in the ZNPP area remains normal.
Grossi expects experts to be able to assess the station’s condition early Monday morning, which would be too dangerous for today.
“As far as we can see, the reactors have not been affected, the strikes have touched areas where new and spent fuel are stored. Our experts will assess the situation at the station early tomorrow morning, if possible,” he said in the broadcast. French television channel BFMTV on Sunday.
The IAEA chief said the attacks were “intentional and targeted”.
“This is a direct attack on the Zaporizhzhya NPP, which has not happened since at least the summer. It is unthinkable,” he added.
Grossi urged “stop the frenzy” around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, noting that worsening the situation could lead to “a nuclear incident with serious consequences”.
“I said and I say the situation is unstable, it has worsened again yesterday and today and could lead us to a nuclear accident with the most serious consequences. The responsibility for these actions is a broader issue, but I say whoever. I say to them: Wait, this madness needs to stop,” he said.
The head of the IAEA noted that at his request, he plans new trips to Russia and Ukraine, but the creation of a security zone around the Zaporizhzhya NPP remains the most important task.
“The Minister of Energy of Ukraine asked me to send missions to three other regions in the country. The trips will begin next week,” Grossi said. said.
Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that an agreement should be reached as soon as possible on the creation of a security zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, and Moscow is in contact with the IAEA on this issue.
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