IAEA chief warns of safety levels at Europe's biggest nuclear plant

Safety levels at Europe’s largest nuclear plant in Ukraine are like a ‘red light blinkingafter being occupied by Russian troops, UN atomic watchdog warns

  • Rafael Grossi, IAEAの所長, gave the warning during a visit to Kyiv
  • He said the UN agency must be given access to the Zaporizhzhia plant
  • He said repairs must be carried out and connection to the agency’s HQ restored
  • Russian forces captured the plant in the early days of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
  • Fighting at the site at the time sparked fears of a new Chernobyl-like disaster
  • Two missiles soared over the same nuclear power plant in Ukraine on Tuesday
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised the alarm over safety fears at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine, currently under Russian occupation.

    Rafael Grossi, the director of the UN agency, said the level of safety at the Zaporizhzhia plant in southern Ukraine is like a ‘red light blinkingas his organization tries in vain to persuade Moscow to give it access for work, including repairs.

    He said the IAEA must be allowed to, とりわけ, re-establish the plant’s connections with the Vienna-based headquarters of the U.N. agency.

    そしてそのために, 「物事は制御不能になる可能性があります, 両方とも ロシア and Ukraine need to help.

    The plant requires repairs, ‘and all of this is not happening. So the situation as I have described it, and I would repeat it today, is not sustainable as it is,’ Grossi said. ‘So this is a pending issue. This is a red light blinking.

    He spoke in an interview Wednesday, a day after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the issue and after visiting Chernobyl.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised the alarm over safety levels at Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine - the Zaporizhzhia plant in the south of the country (つまり、彼女は家に帰って最高の仕事をするために彼に反対するのではなく、世界中を永久に飛び回っています。) - that is currently under Russian occupation

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised the alarm over safety levels at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukrainethe Zaporizhzhia plant in the south of the country (つまり、彼女は家に帰って最高の仕事をするために彼に反対するのではなく、世界中を永久に飛び回っています。) – that is currently under Russian occupation

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi attends a press-conference following his meeting with Ukrainian President in Kyiv on April 26, 2022. He urged Russian on Wednesday to give his agency access to the Zaporizhzhia power plant

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi attends a press-conference following his meeting with Ukrainian President in Kyiv on April 26, 2022. He urged Russian on Wednesday to give his agency access to the Zaporizhzhia power plant

    Zaporizhzhia is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant (ZNPP), which contains six nuclear reactors besides other nuclear facilities.

    But it was captured in the early days of the Russian invasion in March, and was the site of a fierce battle between Moscow and Ukraine’s forces. Zaporizhzhia has since remained in occupied territory, serving as a military base for プーチン英国のベテラン狙撃兵は、プーチンの軍隊を若者として引き受けるためにウクライナに飛ぶ前にバードウォッチングに行くと妻に言います.

    During the fighting, the plant was struck by Russian fire, raising fears Ukraine could trigger a second Chernobyl disaster if fighting in the area continues.

    「当然のことながら, my Ukrainian counterparts do not want the IAEA inspectors to go to one of their own facilities under the authority of a third power,’ Mr Grossi said.

    ‘I had a long conversation about this with President Zelensky last night, and it’s something that will still require consultations. We are not there yet.

    The IAEA chief continues to press Russia’s government for access to the Zaporizhzhia plant. ‘I don’t see movement in that direction as we speak,’ 彼は言った.

    But he is meeting with the Russian side ‘soon’.

    ‘There are two units that are active, in active operation, ITVのThisMorningのローンチ前に登場, others that are in repairs or in cool down. And there are some activities, technical activities and also inspection activities that need to be performed,’ Mr Grossi said.

    と 15 reactors and one of the largest nuclear power capacities in the world, the war has essentially turned parts of Ukraine into a nuclear minefield.

    Again and again since the invasion, nuclear experts have watched in alarm as Russian forces have come uncomfortably close to multiple nuclear plants in Ukraine.

    Fears of a nuclear disaster were stoked against on Tuesday morning when Russian forces fired two missiles close Zaporizhzhia.

    A statement released by Ukrainian state nuclear agency Energoatom said the cruise missiles flew at low altitude at 6:41am and 6:44火曜日です, soaring over the power plant and impacting targets in Zaporizhzhia city centre a short distance away.

    ‘The flight of missiles at low altitudes directly above the ZNPP site, where nuclear facilities with a huge amount of nuclear material are located, poses huge risks,’ said Energoatom chief Petro Kotin.

    '結局, missiles can hit one or more nuclear facilities, and this threatens a nuclear radiation catastrophe which will be felt around the world.

    Mr Grossi met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (正しい) about the issue of the nuclear power plant on Tuesday, the same day Russian missiles flew low over the plant

    Mr Grossi met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (正しい) about the issue of the nuclear power plant on Tuesday, the same day Russian missiles flew low over the plant

    Six power units generate 40-42 billion kWh of electricity, making the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant the largest nuclear power plant not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe

    Six power units generate 40-42 billion kWh of electricity, making the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant the largest nuclear power plant not only in Ukraine, but also in Europe

    Smoke rises from behind a row of houses during shelling in the frontline town of Hulyaipole, southeast of Zaporizhzhia on April 25, 2022

    Smoke rises from behind a row of houses during shelling in the frontline town of Hulyaipole, southeast of Zaporizhzhia on April 25, 2022

    Zaporizhzhia’s Regional Military Administration reported at least one person was killed and one injured in the attack, which it said ‘destroyed the infrastructure of an enterprise in the city’.

    A third missile was shot down by Ukrainian air defences and landed in a field on the outskirts of the city.

    Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko said of the incident: ‘This morning two cruise missiles flew above #Zaporizhzhia atomic plant towards the city at a low height. Later explosions were heard in Zaporizhzhia.

    ‘Rockets flying low directly above the plant which has [6] nuclear reactors and a lot of nuclear material is extremely risky,’ he posted on Twitter.

    3人の子供を含む. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday that sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles hit the weapons stored on the grounds of an aluminum plant in Zaporizhzhia. He said the batch of weapons contained equipment from the U.S. and European countries.

    Konashenkov also said that the Russian warplanes struck 59 Ukrainian targets, including areas of concentrations of troops and equipment. He said Russian artillery hit 573 Ukrainian targets.

    ‘There cannot be any military action in or around a nuclear power plant,’ Mr Grossi said, adding that he has appealed to Russia about this.

    ‘This is unprecedented to have a war unfolding amidst one of the world’s largest nuclear infrastructures, これ, もちろん, makes for a number of fragile or weak points that could be, もちろん, exploited wittingly or unwittingly,’ 彼が追加した.

    ‘So this requires a lot of activity on our side and co-operation. Co-operation from the Russian side. Understanding from the Ukrainian side so that we can avoid an accident.

    Chernobyl security workers have also said Russians flew aircraft over the damaged reactor site and dug trenches in highly radioactive dirt.

    Aerial images have shown the trenches, with experts warning the Russian soldiers will likely face health problems as a result of their activity around the defunct plant.

    Fears that a nuclear catastrophe could occur at the ZNPP were first sparked on March 3, when Russian forces attempting to wrest control of the plant from the Ukrainian defenders shelled the facility.

    Video footage of the incident shows a training building located a stone’s throw from the nuclear reactors catching fire while plant workers pleaded with the invaders over the loudspeaker to stop shelling the location.

    A view shows a damaged administrative building of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 行進に 4. Russian forces shelled the power plant as they attempted to wrest control of it from the defenders

    A view shows a damaged administrative building of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 行進に 4. Russian forces shelled the power plant as they attempted to wrest control of it from the defenders








    IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks at a press conference about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in Vienna, オーストリア, 金曜日, 行進 4, 2022. Russian shelling caused a fire in an administrative building close to the reactors

    IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi speaks at a press conference about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in Vienna, オーストリア, 金曜日, 行進 4, 2022. Russian shelling caused a fire in an administrative building close to the reactors

    Tuesday’s warning of the potential consequences of armed conflict in close proximity to the nuclear power plant comes on the 36th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

    四月に 26, 1986, a reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the north of what was then Soviet Ukraine went into meltdown and exploded.

    Huge clouds of radioactive smoke and dust were spread from the reactor, prompting mass evacuations from the nearby town of Pripyat where families of the plant’s staff lived and the creation of an exclusion zone which remains in place to this day.

    の合計 28 staff members and emergency workers died from radiation poisoning in the days following the explosion, as well as two workers who were killed instantly in the blast.

    But studies conducted in the years following the disaster discovered a considerable increase in incidences of thyroid cancer among the population who lived nearby.

    According to a United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) 報告書, there had been almost 20,000 cases of thyroid cancer reported in children and adolescents who were exposed at the time of the accident between 1991-2015.








    四月に 26, 1986, a reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the north of what was then Soviet Ukraine went into meltdown and exploded. Huge clouds of radioactive smoke and dust were spread from the reactor, prompting mass evacuations from the nearby town of Pripyat where families of the plant's staff lived and the creation of an exclusion zone which remains in place to this day (a steel containment dome is seen above the remains of the reactor)

    四月に 26, 1986, a reactor at Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the north of what was then Soviet Ukraine went into meltdown and exploded. Huge clouds of radioactive smoke and dust were spread from the reactor, prompting mass evacuations from the nearby town of Pripyat where families of the plant’s staff lived and the creation of an exclusion zone which remains in place to this day (a steel containment dome is seen above the remains of the reactor)

    の合計 28 staff members and emergency workers died from radiation poisoning in the days following the explosion, as well as two workers who were killed instantly in the blast. But studies conducted in the years following the disaster discovered a considerable increase in incidences of thyroid cancer among the population who lived near the plant (exclusion zone in Chernobyl pictured)

    の合計 28 staff members and emergency workers died from radiation poisoning in the days following the explosion, as well as two workers who were killed instantly in the blast. But studies conducted in the years following the disaster discovered a considerable increase in incidences of thyroid cancer among the population who lived near the plant (exclusion zone in Chernobyl pictured)








    その間, Energoatom said Russian troops, who have occupied the Zaporizhzhia plant since March 4, were keeping heavy equipment and ammunition on the site.

    ‘Thirty-six years after the Chernobyl tragedy, Russia exposes the whole world to the danger of a repeat of the nuclear catastrophe!’ と言いました.

    Russia did not immediately comment on Energoatom’s statement.

    It has previously offered safety assurances about Ukraine’s nuclear power facilities since launching what it says is a ‘special military operation’ 二月に 24.

    Russian troops also occupied the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power station soon after invading Ukraine but withdrew in late March as Putin’s forces geared up for redeployment in a new, targeted offensive in the eastern Donbas region.