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Belgium: IAEA director Grossi addresses situation of Ukrainian nuclear zone as shelling continue to hit ZNPP01:45

Belgium: IAEA director Grossi addresses situation of Ukrainian nuclear zone as shelling continue to hit ZNPP

Belgium, Brussels
January 24, 2023 at 17:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Rafael Mariano Grossi talked about the current situation of the Ukrainian nuclear plant during a European Parliament session on Tuesday.

According to the Grossi, the plant is not producing energy for the Ukrainian grid as of now.

"The temperature is depending on how the reactors are operating. It is a very low level operation that you need. You know nuclear reactors are not like a lamp that you can switch on and switch off. You have to have a certain level of activity to allow them to kick in for the safety systems," he explained.

He also mentioned that in the past few days, direct shelling has not hit the plant itself, but the surroundings of the area, and IAEA inspectors are there to report the situation.

"The situation is pretty tense, as you can of course imagine," Grossi described.

During his speech at the Parliament, Grossi also stressed his project of implementing a nuclear safety zone around the plant, where any kind of military action would be interdicted.

"Principle being: don't shoot at the plant or, very important for Ukraine, don't use the plant to place military equipment to attack the other side," he said.

Zaporozhye nuclear power plant continues to be targeted by the Russian army, who have claimed territorial progress in the region recently.

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Rafael Mariano Grossi talked about the current situation of the Ukrainian nuclear plant during a European Parliament session on Tuesday.

According to the Grossi, the plant is not producing energy for the Ukrainian grid as of now.

"The temperature is depending on how the reactors are operating. It is a very low level operation that you need. You know nuclear reactors are not like a lamp that you can switch on and switch off. You have to have a certain level of activity to allow them to kick in for the safety systems," he explained.

He also mentioned that in the past few days, direct shelling has not hit the plant itself, but the surroundings of the area, and IAEA inspectors are there to report the situation.

"The situation is pretty tense, as you can of course imagine," Grossi described.

During his speech at the Parliament, Grossi also stressed his project of implementing a nuclear safety zone around the plant, where any kind of military action would be interdicted.

"Principle being: don't shoot at the plant or, very important for Ukraine, don't use the plant to place military equipment to attack the other side," he said.

Zaporozhye nuclear power plant continues to be targeted by the Russian army, who have claimed territorial progress in the region recently.