The situation at ZNPP is unstable, the loss of Kakhovka reservoir was a disaster - IAEA Director General
Rafael Grossi, director general of the IAEA, called the situation there "extremely unstable" after his visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. According to him, the loss of the Kakhovka reservoir after the Russian occupants blew up the Kakhovka hydropower plant was a disaster for Europe's largest nuclear power plant.
Grossi said this in a statement posted on the IAEA website on Wednesday, June 21. He said that for two weeks ZNPP had been receiving the cooling water it needed from supplies stored in a discharge canal near the Zaporizhzhia thermal power plant.
"The nuclear safety and security situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP is extremely unstable. The loss of the Kakhovka reservoir was a disaster for the region as a whole and exacerbated serious difficulties for this major nuclear power plant," the statement said.
The statement also noted that the IAEA is allegedly aware of the preliminary placement of mines by Russian occupants along the perimeter of the plant and inside it. At the same time, Grossi stressed, he did not see any mines when he was at the site.
"Our assessment is that while the presence of any explosive device does not meet security standards, the basic security functions of the facility will not be significantly compromised. We are monitoring this issue with great care," the director general said.
It is noteworthy that the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov stated the day before that Russian occupants additionally mined the Zaporizhzhia NPP after the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant was blown up. The worst thing is that the explosives were also placed on the cooler, which, if damaged, "would cause significant problems."
As OBOZREVATEL reported:
- On June 15, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP. As a result of the visit, he said that the situation at the plant is serious, but the level of water for cooling is sufficient;
- in May, it was reported that Russian occupants were preparing a provocation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Energodar. The invaders may soon simulate an attack on the NPP under the Ukrainian flag.