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IAEA chief says situation with nuclear safety at ZNPP extremely unstable

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The nuclear safety situation at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is “extremely vulnerable”, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said on Monday. calling on the parties to agree on the protection of the plant.

“Ukraine’s #ZNPP this morning lost all external power for the 7th time during the conflict, forcing it to rely on emergency diesel generators for power; the plant’s nuclear safety situation is extremely vulnerable. We have to agree to protect the plant now; this situation cannot continue,” he added. Grossi tweeted.

Earlier today, the plant said it had switched to running on diesel generators due to the shutdown of the last high-voltage line. The cause of the power line shutdown is under investigation. Radiation levels remain within the normal range.

Located on the left bank of the Dnepr River, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe by number of units and energy production. It came under the control of Russian forces in early March 2022 and has since been bombed several times, raising international concerns about a possible nuclear accident. On October 5, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was placed under the control of Russian institutions in accordance with the instructions of President Vladimir Putin.

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