The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) noted on March 6, 2023, that the security situation around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has worsened. In particular, hostilities have intensified near the nuclear power plant, and the presence of Russian military has increased on it.
“Ongoing military operations and the stressful working conditions at Zaporizhzhya NPP caused by the war, continue to compromise the seven pillars of nuclear safety and security at the plant. Over the past few weeks, there has been an increasing security presence at the site. Our team at the plant has reported increases in military action near the facility. There is an open discussion about offensives and counter-offensives in the vicinity of the site. My simple question is: are we waiting for a nuclear emergency before we react?” Rafael Grossi said.
According to Rafael Grossi, the situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP emphasizes the urgent need to create a demilitarized zone around the plant. He also announced that he has intensified consultations on this matter with both Ukraine and Russia.