Experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who are at the nuclear power plant in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine, which is occupied by Russian troops, have heard numerous explosions over the past week, German Wave reports on Saturday.
The head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, said the day before that the current circumstances indicate a possible increase in military activity in the region, which “may represent a potential threat to the nuclear safety of the facility.”
According to IAEA experts, the explosions were heard at some distance from the Zaporozhye NPP. In the three days since Saturday, September 2, the organization’s employees counted about two dozen explosions, and in the following days – several more. At the same time, the station itself was not damaged, noted Grossi.
IAEA experts have not yet been granted access to the roofs of some power units of the nuclear power plant, the publication also states. At the beginning of July, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, citing Ukrainian intelligence, stated that Russia had placed explosives on the roofs of several power plants. Moscow denied the charges.
- From September 8 to 10, the Ukrainian territories seized by Russia during the invasion, including parts of the Zaporozhye region, will vote as part of the next Russian elections. In the Zaporozhye region, the occupation authorities organized “elections to the Legislative Assembly”.
- Ukraine condemned the voting, calling it “negligible and arbitrary actions of Russia.”