The IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that the situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP is "extremely vulnerable" and called for an agreement to ensure the safety of the plant.
Grossi wrote about this on Twitter, according to Ukrinform.
“This morning lost all external electricity for 7th time during conflict, forcing it to rely on emergency diesel generators for power; nuclear safety situation at the plant extremely vulnerable. We must agree to protect plant now; this situation cannot continue” - the statement reads.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, as a result of Russian shelling on the night of 22 May, the last high-voltage transmission line, the 750 kV Dniprovska, which supplied power to Zaporizhzhia NPP, was disconnected. This is the seventh time since the beginning of the occupation that ZNPP has gone into blackout mode.
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According to Energoatom, after the loss of external power, which is vital for the operation of the nuclear cooling pumps at the power units, all diesel generators at the plant were switched on automatically, and the fuel supply will last for ten days.
If it is not possible to restore external power to the plant during this time, an accident with radiation consequences for the whole world may occur.
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Energoatom emphasised that the continued occupation of ZNPP by Russia is constantly worsening the conditions for maintaining the plant on the verge of a nuclear and radiation accident. The Russian nuclear terrorism "must stop immediately, and the invaders must leave the territory of the plant and the satellite city of Enerhodar".