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IAEA condemns attacks on Zaporizjzja nuclear power plant

The war in Ukraine

Published 12 April 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Russian officials at the facility say the attack was carried out by Ukrainian military drones.

Rafael Grossi, head of the UN nuclear agency IAEA, condemns a drone attack on a reactor at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, warning that this type of attacks “significantly increase the risk of a major nuclear accident”.

“This cannot happen”, he declares on X, adding that the UN agency has confirmed at least three direct hits on the containment functions of the main reactor.

Grossi stresses that no one can conceivably benefit or get any military or political advantage from attacks against nuclear facilities, and says that this type of attack simply should not happen.

According to the IAEA chief, this is the first time since late 2022 that a nuclear reactor has been attacked in Ukraine, and Russian officials at the site say that Ukrainian military drones were used in the attack.

Normal radiation levels

Ukrainian intelligence, however, denies any involvement, claiming instead that “Russian strikes, including imitation ones, on the territory of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant … have long been a well known criminal practice of the invaders”.

So far, no critical damage to the plant has been reported, and radiation levels are said to be normal. However, according to the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom, three people were injured near the plant’s dining room.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe.

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