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“No one in the world can feel safe when terrorist state fires at Zaporizhia NPP – Zelensky 07.08.2022 22:18 https://www.ukrinform.net
No one in the world can feel safe when a terrorist state – Russia – fires at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant.
According to Ukrinform, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this in his nightly video address. https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/vzhe-zaraz-potribna-principova-vidpovid-mizhnarodnoyi-spilno-76929
“I spoke today with President of the European Council Charles Michel. I informed him about the situation on the battlefield, about the threat that Russia created by striking at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. There is no such nation in the world that can feel safe when a terrorist state fires at a nuclear plant.” Zelensky said.
He called on the international community to give a principled response to Russian strikes on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
“God forbid, if something irreparable happens, no one will stop the wind that will spread the radioactive contamination. Therefore, a principled response of the international community to these Russian attacks on the Zaporizhia NPP – the largest in Europe – is needed right now,” Zelensky said.” https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3545630-no-one-in-the-world-can-feel-safe-when-terrorist-state-fires-at-zaporizhia-npp-zelensky.html
“Russian troops open fire on Zaporizhzhia NPP, rockets hit close to spent fuel dry storage casks 07.08.2022 13:55
Russian troops have again opened fire on a site of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Enemy rockets hit close to the spent fuel dry storage casks.
The relevant statement was made by Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. https://t.me/energoatom_ua/8708
“In the evening of August 6, 2022, Russian occupiers again fired rockets at the site of Zaporizhzhia NPP and the city of Enerhodar. They hit close to Zaporizhzhia NPP’s spent fuel dry storage casks. Apparently, they were aiming at the spent fuel casks, which are kept in the open air near the impact area. 174 casks, and each of them contains 24 spent fuel assemblies,” the report states.
According to Energoatom, Russian projectiles damaged three radiation monitoring sensors around Zaporizhzhia NPP’s spent fuel dry storage casks. Hence, in the event of the deterioration of the radiation situation or leakage from spent fuel storage casks, it is now impossible to timely detect and respond to the issue.
In addition, numerous small projectile fragments caused damage to about 800 square meters of window surfaces in different buildings within Zaporizhzhia NPP.
One of the plant’s employees received a shrapnel wound and was taken to hospital.
“All the Russian military – 500 persons who had been remaining at Zaporizhzhia NPP since it was seized, – and terrorist Rosatom’s personnel timely hid in the bunkers of the plant’s crisis center and technical support center,” Energoatom stressed.
According to Energoatom, Russian troops also opened fire near a construction structures factory and water intake in the city of Enerhodar.
“This time a nuclear disaster has been miraculously avoided,” Energoatom added.
Energoatom insists it is necessary to immediately withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine’s civilian nuclear facility, Zaporizhzhia NPP, and establish a demilitarized zone around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
“Director General Grossi Alarmed by Shelling at Ukraine NPP, says IAEA Mission Vital for Nuclear Safety and Security 124/2022 Vienna, Austria
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, issued the following statement today about the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzya nuclear power plant:
I’m extremely concerned by the shelling yesterday at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond.
The IAEA has received information about this serious situation – the latest in a long line of increasingly alarming reports from all sides.
According to Ukraine, there has been no damage to the reactors themselves and no radiological release. However, there is damage elsewhere on the site.
Military action jeopardizing the safety and security of the Zaporizhzya nuclear power plant is completely unacceptable and must be avoided at all costs.
Any military firepower directed at or from the facility would amount to playing with fire, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
I strongly and urgently appeal to all parties to exercise the utmost restraint in the vicinity of this important nuclear facility, with its six reactors.
And I condemn any violent acts carried out at or near the Zaporizhzya nuclear power plant or against its staff.
The Ukrainian staff operating the plant under Russian occupation must be able to carry out their important duties without threats or pressure undermining not only their own safety but also that of the facility itself.
In this highly volatile and dangerous situation, it is more important than ever that the seven indispensable safety pillars that I outlined at the beginning of the war, and that I reiterated at the United Nations in New York last Monday, are fully respected in order to maintain nuclear safety and security.
Ominously, however, almost all have been compromised at the Zaporizhzya nuclear power plant over the past several months, and yet again, in the last 24 hours, several pillars have been violated.
This must stop and stop now.
In order to help prevent the situation from spiralling even more out of control, the IAEA’s presence to provide technical support for nuclear safety and security is of paramount importance.
Since the beginning of this tragic war, the IAEA – and I personally – has been working on supporting Ukraine in keeping all its nuclear facilities safe and secure.
And for the last four months now, I have been ready to lead a mission of IAEA safety, security and safeguards experts to the country’s biggest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzya.
This mission would play a crucial role in helping to stabilise the nuclear safety and security situation there, as we have at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant and elsewhere in Ukraine in recent months where we have also delivered nuclear safety and security equipment that is urgently needed.
At the same time, IAEA safeguards inspectors would conduct essential verification activities at the plant.
We would also provide impartial and independent information about the status of the Zaporizhzya facility.
That this vital mission has not yet happened is not because of the IAEA. Despite our determined efforts, it has not been possible, so far.
I will not give up. I will continue to push – and push again – for this IAEA mission to finally take place.
But this will need the cooperation, understanding and facilitation from both Ukraine and Russia.
We will also need the United Nations to support us, and I’m very grateful for the steadfast support of UN Secretary General António Guterres.
We can’t afford to lose any more time.
For the sake of protecting people in Ukraine and elsewhere from a potential nuclear accident, we must all set aside our differences and act, now. The IAEA is ready.”https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/director-general-grossi-alarmed-by-shelling-at-ukraine-npp-says-iaea-mission-vital-for-nuclear-safety-and-security
“Unfortunately, we have a significant worsening of the situation around the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Russian terrorists became the first in the world to use a nuclear plant for terror. The biggest in Europe! We will draw the world’s attention to this and insist on new sanctions against Russia for creating such a global threat.
And despite the fact that the Russian shelling of the nuclear plant is one of the most dangerous crimes against Ukrainians and all Europeans, against the right to life of every person, for some reason there is no report or even a simple notification from Amnesty International about it. A very eloquent silence, which once again indicates the manipulative selectivity of this organization.” “We are doing everything to get yet more effective and modern weapons – address of President of Ukraine” 6 August 2022 – 22:47 https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/robimo-vse-shob-otrimati-she-bilshe-efektivnoyi-ta-suchasnoy-76917
Beyond Nuclear shows that it’s really concerned about the dangers of all things nuclear, unlike too many anti-nuclear activists who have exposed themselves as hating only western nuclear defense, but not major nuclear proliferator Russia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosatom