The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) denounced this Wednesday that the russian army, which has occupied the Ukrainian nuclear plant since March 2022 Zaporozhye, is denying observers of the UN access to three reactor rooms.
“IAEA experts are still unable to access all parts of the plant, and during the last two weeks They have not been allowed access to the reactor rooms of units 1, 2 and 6″, the IAEA explained in a statement.
“This is the first time that IAEA experts have not been allowed to access the reactor room of a unit that is in cold shutdown,” added the IAEA Director General, Rafael Grossi, in the note.
In addition, access to “some parts of the turbine rooms continues to be restricted,” added the agency, which again called for “access to the reactor roofs.”
The IAEA has had observers on the premises since last year. the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, with six reactors, the largest in Europe. The reactor core and spent fuel are located in the reactor rooms, Grossi highlighted in the statement.
Five of the six reactors are in cold shutdown, that is, they do not produce energy, while one is in hot shutdown to produce steam and heat for the nearby city of Enerhodarwhere most of the personnel employed at the plant live.
On the other hand, the IAEA highlights that at the insistence of its observers, the plant has carried out work in its electric transformers reserve to guarantee permanent and instantaneous supply with electricity.
According to Grossi, this is a “significant advance” since it allows independence and redundancy in the plant’s energy supply system, despite the fact that The situation at the plant remains “extremely fragile.”
In recent weeks, IAEA observers have heard periodic explosions at some distance from the plant, “which underlines the dangers that continue to be faced,” concluded the statement from the IAEA director general.
Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and within a few days he conquered the area around the Zaporizhzhia plant. The complex was targeted by gunfire and lost power eight times. Both Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of wanting to cause a nuclear catastrophe.
(With information from AFP and EFE)