The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has demanded the creation of a security zone around Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, in Ukraine. The entity has demanded that the bombings stop “immediately” to avoid a radioactive disaster.
In a report of 52 pages prepared by the agency dependent on the UN, the inspectors have pointed out that “the current situation is untenable And the best measure to ensure the security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities and its population would be for this armed conflict to end now.”
For this reason, they consider that “an agreement of all the parties is necessary for the establishment of a nuclear safety zone and protection around the plant”. The document states that, although “the ongoing bombardment has not yet triggered a nuclear emergency, it continues to represent a constant threat to nuclear security”.
Russian military equipment at the plant
One of the most prominent concerns for the body is the presence of Russian military material inside the plant and that there are personnel from the Russian state nuclear company rosetomsomething criticized by the IAEA, because “it creates ppossible friction when it comes to decision-making.”
The inspectors ask that the military equipment be removed because it interferes with possible security operations at the plant and “those spaces were not designed for military use.” The IAEA will expose seven recommendations and its conclusions at a UN Security Council meeting in New York.
The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe with its six reactors, is occupied by the russian forces and has been disconnected from the Ukrainian network since Monday afternoon. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of putting the area at risk from the possibility of a nuclear disaster.