The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Raphael Grossi, yesterday expressed concern about a “nuclear disaster”, against the backdrop of the bombings that damaged the reactor in Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine – the largest in continental Europe.
“I am very disturbed by the shelling of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, which highlights the real risk of a nuclear disaster that could endanger public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond,” Grossi said after the Ukrainians accused at the weekend that Russian shelling had hit a power cable and one of the reactors stopped working .
“Military action that endangers the safety and security of the nuclear power plant is completely unacceptable, and must be avoided at all costs,” continued Grossi, who called for the agency’s team led by him to be allowed to visit the facility that is under Russian control. “Any artillery force aimed at or from the installation would be equivalent to playing with fire, with possible catastrophic consequences.”
Ukrainian intelligence has accused that the Russian forces in the power plant complex are also trapping the area with mines. “There is verified information that the Russians are planting mines in the electrical units of the power plant,” claimed Andrey Yusov, representative of the spokeswoman for the intelligence service at the Ministry of Defense.
In the meantime, the implementation of the export agreement from Ukraine continues, and yesterday four more ships left the ports in the south of the country, and in total eight ships sailed within a week. The ship Glory is transporting 66,000 tons of corn to Istanbul, and Riva Wind is transporting 44,000 tons of corn to the port of Iskenderun in Turkey, while the ship Star Helena is carrying 45,000 tons of meat to China and Mustafa Nakati is carrying 6,000 tons of sunflower oil to Italy.