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IAEA says latest ZNPP bombing did not result in ‘immediate threat to nuclear security’

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Saturday’s bombing near the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) dry storage unit for spent nuclear fuel caused some damage, but radiation is at normal levels, the agency’s director general Mariano said. Grossi. said on August 9.

“According to Ukraine, Saturday’s incident – which occurred a day after the bombing damaged the plant’s external power supply system – injured a Ukrainian security guard at ZNPP. It also damaged the walls, roof and windows in the spent nuclear fuel storage area… But there was no visible damage to the spent nuclear fuel containers or the protective perimeter of the facility,” the statement said.

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Grossi added that based on the information provided, IAEA experts assessed “the absence of an immediate threat to nuclear security as a result of Saturday’s incident.”

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At the same time, the IAEA says the August 5-6 attacks violated nearly all seven essential elements of nuclear safety, including those related to the physical integrity of the nuclear plant, the operation of safety systems and the protection of personnel.

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IAEA Director General Mariano Grossi reiterated his grave concern about the situation at the ZNPP and that any military action that threatens nuclear security must be stopped.

From 8:00 am of August 10, according to , the Zaporizhzhia NPP operates with “a risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards.” The agency stresses that the periodic bombardment of ZNPP by Russian troops with anti-aircraft missiles in recent days has caused a serious risk to the safe operation of the plant.

On August 5, it became known that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was operating due to Russian bombing. According to Energoatom, the bombing took place at about 2:30 pm, and later in the evening – there were three “arrivals” near the ZNPP industrial area. Instead, the Russian side accused the Ukrainian army of bombing the nuclear plant.

How on August 6, the Russian occupiers again fired rockets at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar – hitting the ZNPP site right next to the plant’s dry spent nuclear fuel storage.

On March 4, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was captured by Russian troops. Also under occupation is the satellite city of ZNPP – .

source: radio svoboda

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