Ukraine: IAEA wants a “safe zone” for the Zaporizhia plant

Ukraine: IAEA wants “safety zone” for Zaporizhia power plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) advocates the establishment of a nuclear safety and protection zone at the Ukrainian power plant in Zaporizhia.

The Agency International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has come out in favor of setting up a “safety zone” to prevent a nuclear accident at the Ukrainian power plant in Zaporizhia, which has been occupied for six months by the Russians and where she considers the situation “untenable”.

It is urgent to take provisional measures, estimated the UN agency in a report made public on Tuesday, advocating the establishment of a nuclear security zone and protection of this complex in the south of the x27;Ukraine.

The bombings on the site and in the surrounding area must stop immediately to avoid causing further damage to the installations, she insisted, underlining the conditions extremely stressful conditions in which Ukrainian personnel work, under the control of the Russian military.

The current situation is untenable, summarized the IAEA, this plant having been affected in recent weeks, at the risk of causing a serious nuclear accident, by multiple strikes of which kyiv and Moscow accuse each other.

Russia in this regard accused the Ukrainians of bombing it again on the same day.

Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian armed forces have fired artillery 15 times at the city of Energodar and at the territory (very close, editor's note) of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest Europe, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Three shells fell on the site of these installations, one of them having exploded near the water storage tanks near the second reactor, but the radioactivity remains within the norms, he assured.

The IAEA's report stems from its recent mission to the Zaporizhia power plant and on which Director General Rafael Grossi will report to the UN Security Council.

The publication of its conclusions comes the day after the disconnection of the last reactor in operation in this complex.

A power line, connected to a neighboring thermal power plant, was indeed deliberately disconnected to extinguish a fire, the IAEA said in a statement.

According to the Ukrainian operator Energoatom, the fire broke out because of the shelling.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk called for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor for civilians wishing to leave the area around the plant.

After much negotiation, an IAEA delegation was able to inspect its site last Thursday .

Mr. Grossi then told the press that he had found that the physical integrity of this infrastructure had been violated on several occasions.

The next day, kyiv announced that it had struck a base Russian at Energodar.

Most of the international team left the plant on Friday. Of the six experts who remained on site, four left on Monday and two others are expected to stay there permanently.

In its morning report on Tuesday, the Ukrainian army general staff reported three Russian missile strikes in 24 hours and more than 35 aerial attacks as well as nearly 50 airstrikes. ;help of multiple rocket launchers.

The Ukrainians on their side carried out about 30 strikes, he continued, adding that the coordinated work of aviation and artillery hit several Russian military sites, including artillery positions and anti-aircraft systems.

In the eastern region of Donetsk, four civilians were injured in shelling on Monday, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Tuesday. A school was destroyed there, in the locality of Kourakhové, local authorities reported, without further details.

In the northeast, a 73-year-old woman was killed in a Russian strike against Kharkiv overnight from Monday to Tuesday, according to regional governor Oleg Synegoubov.

In the morning, a new Russian bombardment hit an apartment building in the center of this city, the second largest in Ukraine, lamented its mayor Igor Terekhov.

In the Dnipropetrovsk region (center), in Kryvy Rig, the hometown of Mr. Zelensky, a major fire occurred on the same day in an oil depot following an attack Russian, informed its governor Valentin Reznitchenko.

The disaster is now contained, said another senior official in the afternoon.

In the southeast, the head of the administration installed by the Russians in the port of Berdyansk was seriously injured in the explosion of his car by Ukrainian terrorists, according to local authorities.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin went to attend large-scale military maneuvers on Tuesday involving several allied nations, including China.

His country has raked in 158 billion euros (207 billion Canadian dollars) in revenue from fossil fuel exports in six months of war, taking advantage of high prices, according to the report of an independent research center published Tuesday, which calls for more effective sanctions.

The European Commission has also detailed proposals aimed at toughening the conditions for granting visas to Russian citizens and providing for the non- -recognition of Russian passports issued in occupied areas in Ukraine don't.

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