“Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated. What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely grave and dangerous”
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi has issued a dire warning over the Zaporizhzhia plant in the southeast of Ukraine, now captured by Russians. The situation there is getting more dangerous every day, he said.
“Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated,” he said. “What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely grave and dangerous.” The power plant currently controlled by Russia has retained its Ukrainian staff, leading to moments of friction and alleged violence. He also said the supply chain of equipment and spare parts to the power plant had been interrupted, so “we are not sure the plant is getting all it needs.”
“When you put this together, you have a catalog of things that should never be happening in any nuclear facility,” he said.
“And this is why I have been insisting from day one that we have to be able to go there to perform this safety and security evaluation, to do the repairs, and to assist as we already did in Chornobyl,” he stressed.