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The IAEA denounces the bombardment with heavy artillery on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has denounced this Sunday “powerful explosions in the area of ​​the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant” during the afternoon of Saturday and again this Sunday. Russia has reported up to 14 Ukrainian heavy artillery hits on Sunday alone, one of which fell on the roof of the power station’s Special Building Number 2.

These attacks “abruptly put an end to a period of relative calm at these facilities and once again highlight the need to apply measures to prevent a nuclear accident,” said the IAEA director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, quoted in the press release organism.

The IAEA has thus confirmed “bombing near and at the site of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.” Specifically, he mentions “more than a dozen explosions” that the IAEA experts present at the scene could hear and in some cases see.

The IAEA inspectors have been informed by the management of the plant that there has been damage to some buildings, systems and equipment, “but none of them are critical to safety.”

Grossi has warned that this news is “extremely worrying”. “The explosions have occurred at the site of this huge nuclear power plant and it is completely unacceptable. Whoever is responsible must stop immediately. As I have said many times, you are playing with fire!” He warned.

Thus, Grosi has advocated the establishment of a security zone around the nuclear power plant. In recent months this possibility has been negotiated, so far without success. “I am not going to give up until it is a reality. These latest bombings show that it is more necessary than ever”, he has stressed.

“On the morning of November 20, Ukrainian troops fired twice at the territory of the nuclear power plant,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Interfax. .

“From 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., twelve large-calibre artillery shells were fired. Eight of them exploded between the fifth power unit and Special Building Number 2, three hit between the fourth and fifth power units, and one hit the roof of the Special Building Number 2”, he added.

Konashenkov explained that “between 10:00 and 10:10, two projectiles were fired on the power line that feeds the plant.”

The spokesman stressed that the level of radiation in the area of ​​the nuclear power plant is still normal. In addition, the Russian spokesman recalled that on Saturday the Ukrainian artillery launched eleven large-caliber projectiles against the territory of the nuclear power plant.



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