kyiv continues to strike Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Ukrainian troops, during the bombing of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, tore the roof of the special building where the fuel of the nuclear reactor is stored, breaking it as a result of the aggression, according to Vladimir Rogov.
Rogov is a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region.
“The roof of the special building No. 1 of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was broken as a result of a strike by [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky activists. New fuel for ZNPP reactors is stored in this building,” Rogov wrote.
Physical damage to the facilities will be assessed by the IAEA mission upon arrival, where it will also determine the operability of primary and backup safety and security systems, the organization said in a statement.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said Monday morning that the IAEA mission was already heading for the ZNPP and would arrive there this week.
“Once arriving in Zaporizhzhya later this week, ISAMZ will assess physical damage to facilities, determine the functionality of primary and backup safety and security systems, and assess the working conditions of control room personnel. At the same time, the mission will undertake urgent safeguards activities to verify that nuclear material is used only for peaceful purposes,” the statement said.
Washington, for its part, believes that a controlled shutdown of the reactors at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) will be the safest option in the short term, according to the National Security Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House, John Kirby.
“We continue to believe that a controlled shutdown of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactors would be the safest and least risky option in the short term,” Kirby said.
On Monday, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said a group of IAEA experts led by Grossi was going on a mission to the ZNPP, arriving in Kyiv later in the day.
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