There is a fire at the Zaporizhia power plant in the east of Ukraine. The scope and culprit of the fire are not yet clear, both sides of the conflict blame each other. The power plant has been occupied for some time by the Russian occupying troops, who have built something like a fortress here. The power plant was under fire from the Russians back in March at the beginning of the invasion, when one of the blocks caught fire. Mysterious fire According to both sides, both Ukraine and Russia, the fire was caused by artillery fire that hit one of the blocks of the power plant. The company Enerhoatom, which is responsible for the operation of the power plant, said according to Reuters that it was hit by Russian military forces. However, it adds that the power plant is still fully functional and there is no danger of a radioactive radiation leak. However, the mentioned block had to be disconnected and several kilometers of lines are non-functional. As the reason for disconnecting these parts of the power plant, the company stated the damage that occurred at one of the substations. The high-voltage line was supposed to lead to the neighboring thermal power plant. The Russian version states that the attack on the power plant was carried out by Ukrainian troops and damaged two power lines that supplied energy to the local switchboard. Russia’s state-run TASS agency also described the attack as “repeated” and said it was carried out using military drones. “Only by pure luck did we avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” a high-ranking Russian source told TASS. “The missiles just didn’t hit the critical infrastructure of the power plant,” he adds. At the same time, he claims that Russia has photos and videos that prove he is telling the truth. The portal iDnes further informs that the firefighters are currently extinguishing the fire and there is no danger yet. The alleged video of the incident is attached below. ‼️☢️🇺🇦The AFU once again fired on the territory of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant‼️ pic.twitter.com/alVHOl30EW — AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZmilitary1) August 5, 2022 Out of control Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is also problematic on a larger scale . The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, warned that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant “is completely out of control”. At the same time, he urgently asked Russia and Ukraine to allow experts to visit the complex as quickly as possible in order to stabilize the situation and avoid a nuclear accident. In an interview with The Associated Press, Grossi said that the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine is becoming more dangerous every day. The power plant, located in the southeastern city of Enerhodar, has been under the control of Russian troops since March, shortly after the start of the Russian invasion. source: Illustration: TASR/AP/Bernat Armangue At the facility, “every principle of nuclear safety was violated,” Grossi said, adding that “what is at stake is extremely serious and extremely important and dangerous.” He listed several security violations at the power plant and added that it is located “in an area of active war conflict”, close to territory controlled by Russia. According to him, the physical integrity of the power plant is not respected, mentioning the shelling at the beginning of the war, when it was occupied by the Russians, and also the ongoing information about the attacks in Zaporizhzhia, which Russia and Ukraine blame each other for. Tense situation There is a “paradoxical situation” at the facility, when it is controlled by the Russians, but Ukrainian employees continue to work on the operation of the power plant, which leads to tension and allegedly violence, he continued. Although the IAEA has some contact with the workers, it is faulty and irregular. According to Grossi, supplies of equipment and spare parts have also been interrupted, “so we are not sure if the power plant is getting everything it needs”. The IAEA also needs to conduct an important inspection to ensure that nuclear material is protected and “there’s a lot of nuclear material that needs to be inspected.” source: Unsplash – Nuclear Power Plant “When you put it all together, you have an overview of things that would never they were not supposed to happen in any nuclear facility. That’s why I’ve been insisting from day one that we have to be able to get in there and do this safety assessment, make repairs and help like we did in Chernobyl,” Grossi explained. The IAEA must go to Zaporizhzhia as it went to Chernobyl to it found out the facts of what was really going on there, carried out repairs and inspections and “prevented a nuclear accident”, he added. Thanks for reading Startitup. If you have an observation or found an error in the article, write to us at [email protected] Sources: Reuters, iDnes, TASS, SITA
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