Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said on August 3 that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which was seized by the Russian military on March 4, has gone out of control.
“Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated at the plant. What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely grave and dangerous.”
Now it is controlled by the Russians, but there are still Ukrainian workers there. This leads to conflicts and violence.
“There is a paradoxical situation in which the plant is controlled by Russia, but its Ukrainian staff continues to run its nuclear operations, leading to inevitable moments of friction and alleged violence. While the IAEA has some contacts with staff, they are faulty and patchy.”
The General Director of IAEA also added that the supply chain of equipment and spare parts to the NPP was interrupted: “We are not sure that the plant is getting everything it needs.”
Earlier, it became known that the Russians turned Zaporizhzhia NPP into a military base and launch missile strikes from its territory.