War in Ukraine
The mines were removed in November but reinstalled, which was “incompatible with IAEA safety requirements.”
Published on 01/20/2024 07:37 Updated on 01/20/2024 11:13
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The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine, March 29, 2023. (ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)
A constant threat. Mines have been laid around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assured on Friday, January 19th. The largest power plant in Europe has been in the hands of Moscow's armed forces since March 2022 and has been hit by multiple power outages in connection with the fighting. The Russian army regularly accuses Ukraine of being a threat. The mines were removed in November but reinstalled, which was “inconsistent with IAEA safety requirements,” the statement said.
The agency still does not have access to several parts of the facility, the IAEA complained. Moscow cited security reasons for restricting such access earlier this month. Tensions continue to arise between Moscow and Kiev over this issue, and the IAEA acts as a mediator while working with the Russians to ensure the site's security.
The Zaporizhia power plant is located in Enerhodar on the Dnipro River, which acts as a natural front line between Russians and Ukrainians. The location is also 50 km as the crow flies southwest of the city of Zaporizhia.
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