CAA Energodar: during shelling, one of the shells hit the power unit of the Zaporizhzhya NPP resized/673xH/media/img/2/65/756622589679652.jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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One of the artillery shells during the shelling from the Ukrainian Armed Forces hit the power unit of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. This was announced by the head of the military-civilian administration (CAA) of Energodar, Alexander Volga, in an interview with TASS.
“One of the hits— through— was in the power unit, [it was] an artillery shell. I had a photo. [The power unit] is non-working, which is not yet in working condition, — he said.
Volga did not specify exactly when the projectile hit the power unit. He pointed out that the safety system of power units has a structure that cannot be destroyed with a single hit.
The head of the CAA also noted that the radiation background on the territory of the nuclear power plant is constantly measured, all systems are working, there is no increase in the radiation background.
Volga also assured that none of the representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during their visit to the ZNPP was injured as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Nevertheless, massive shelling by the Ukrainian military continued almost until the very arrival of the mission.
According to him, the Ukrainian government tried to convince the delegation, saying that the Russian troops were allegedly fighting “some kind of incomprehensible battle, almost among themselves.”
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“Fortunately, the IAEA mission and Mr. [general director of the agency Rafael] Grossi had enough common sense not to believe these stories and come and assess the situation at the moment at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant for himself,” — he said.
According to the Volga, the head of the IAEA could not help but see the current situation, because of which the inhabitants of the city were collecting signatures calling on Kyiv and the world community to stop shelling the station.
Russian troops have been controlling the territory of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant since the end of February. The nuclear power plant itself continues to be managed by Ukrainian operators. Since the outbreak of hostilities, Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling.
Grossi has repeatedly called for an end to hostilities near the facility in order to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. UN Secretary General António Guterres advocated the demilitarization of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, but the Russian side opposes, arguing that the plant will become more vulnerable.
An IAEA mission led by Grossi visited the ZNPP on September 1. Six specialists of the organization remained at the facility, two of them will be there on a permanent basis.
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