The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned this Sunday that a Russian military man now directs the technical management of the plant Zaporizhia nuclear bomb, bombed and taken by Russia last Friday during its invasion of Ukraine, which contravenes basic principles for its safe operation.
The IAEA has indicated that the Ukrainian nuclear regulatory authority has reported that any action, including those related to the technical operation of the six reactors, requires the prior approval of the Russian commander.
“I am extremely concerned,” said the director general of this UN body, the Argentine Rafael Grossi, in a statement indicating that some mobile phone and internet networks had been cut, complicating communications between the nuclear regulator and the operator of the plant.
The IAEA has warned that nuclear safety is contravened
Grossi has warned that these changes contravene essential pillars of nuclear safetyas the ability of technical staff to “make decisions free from undue pressure” is limited.
“The deteriorating situation of vital communications between the regulator and the Zaporizhia NPP is a source of deep concernespecially during an armed conflict that could endanger the country’s nuclear facilities at any time,” Grossi warned.
Despite communication problems, the regulator has been able to provide updated information on the operational status of the Zaporizhia NPP and confirm that the radiation levels in her are still normal.
Chernobyl technicians, working tirelessly since February 24
The IAEA has also reported that it had communication problems with the staff of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant -in the hands of the invading Russian troops since February 24-, since at the moment it was only possible through emails.
The staff at this facility, made up of more than 200 technicians and guards, has been since then without being able to rest, unlike the one in Zaporizhia, which is now working three different shifts albeit with food availability and supply problems, which was having a negative impact on staff morale.
“I appeal to those who have effective control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to immediately allow the rotation of its personnel for the sake of safety,” Grossi requested.
In addition, the IAEA has warned that contact with all institutions of the port city of Mariupol has been lostbesieged by Russian troops, who use different sources of radioactive materials.
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin assured this Sunday that has no intention of attacking nuclear power plants in Ukraine and agrees to guarantee its safety under the technical criteria of the IAEA.
Last Friday, the United States, France and the United Kingdom charged at the UN against Russia for the attack on the Zaporizhia plantan incident that Moscow described as part of a propaganda campaign against it and for which it has blamed “Ukrainian saboteurs”.
The armed attacks against the nuclear power plant have triggered all the alarms in the international community, although it finally seems that the attack did not cause serious damage despite the fact that a building located a few hundred meters from the six reactors has burned down.