The situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is tense

Even after the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the situation around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia remains tense. Since Saturday evening, contact with the last of four power lines through which the largest nuclear power plant in Europe feeds electricity into the Ukrainian power grid and in turn draws electricity for cooling water circuits and cooling pools for spent reactor fuel rods has also been interrupted, apparently because of the shelling.

According to the IAEA and Energoatom, the engineers at the nuclear power plant switched to a smaller reserve power line. In addition, with reactor 5 only one of six nuclear reactors is still in operation. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi plans to brief the UN Security Council on Tuesday. According to Grossi, two IAEA inspectors are now permanently stationed at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

Grossi calls her continued presence “of paramount importance to help stabilize the situation.” There is now independent information about the situation in the nuclear power plant. “If there is now an allegation that something happened at the facility, you can contact us – that’s the difference,” said Grossi. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of being responsible for the shelling of the nuclear power plant and other events that endanger the safety of the plant.

According to Grossi, a reservoir for radioactive waste cast in concrete, a ventilation pipe of a building and the training center have been damaged by continuous shelling since August at the power plant site. So far, at least officially, the IAEA has refrained from commenting on who is responsible for the shelling of power lines outside or power plant facilities on site.

According to consistent reports , Russian soldiers, artillery and rocket launchers were stationed at the power plant site, at least before the IAEA visit, as well as to the east in Enerhodar, five kilometers away, and to the west in several villages, for example in Wodjane. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia removed all military technology from the power plant site before the IAEA visit . Ukrainian units and anti-aircraft guns, for example from the 301st Surface-to-Air Missile Regiment, are stationed on the other side of the Dnieper River, which is at least seven kilometers wide here and on which the nuclear power plant is located.

The independent Russian information service Insider published a video on Sunday that apparently shows Russian rockets being fired from the power plant site or from a position adjacent to the west on the Ukrainian side on the night of September 2nd to 3rd. In turn, the Ukrainian General Staff reported on September 2 that the Ukrainian military had used “precision strikes” to destroy both Russian artillery and ammunition depots in Enerhodar .

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