IAEA announces anti-personnel mines near ZNPP that do not threaten security
MOSCOW, July 25 – RIA Novosti. Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency have found directional anti-personnel mines around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant that should not pose a threat to the plant’s security system and nuclear security, even in the event of an explosion, the IAEA reported.
As noted, during the inspection on July 23, the IAEA team spotted several mines located in the buffer zone – between the inner and outer fences running along the perimeter of the facility. Experts reported that they were in a restricted area where station personnel did not have access. No such mines were found in the inner environment during the inspection.
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“As I mentioned earlier, the IAEA was aware that previous mines had been found in some places outside and inside the facility. Our team discussed this particular discovery with the station and they were told it was a military decision, in an area controlled by the military. … However, the presence of such explosives does not comply with IAEA safety standards and nuclear safety guidelines and creates additional psychological pressure on station personnel – even if the IAEA’s own observations and statements of the IAEA Director General of the facility do not have an initial detonation assessment based on any of the IAEA’s own observations and descriptions of the station. He said that nuclear safety and security systems should not be affected.
Grossi said last week that IAEA experts carried out additional checks at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and did not find heavy military equipment, explosives or mines there.
Zaporozhye NPP is located on the left bank of the Dnieper, near the town of Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity – the power plant has six power units with a capacity of 1 gigawatt each. In October 2022, the nuclear power plant became the property of the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian army continues to regularly bombard Enerhodar and the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant adjacent to the city. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the Kiev regime was trying to create the appearance of a nuclear catastrophe threat by continuing to deliberately bomb the ZNPP. The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly expressed the need to create a security zone around the ZNPP.
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