Following a large scale missile attack across Ukraine Europe’s largest nuclear power station “has lost all power” and is in a dangerous situation and all 20 diesel generators have been activated as the “last line of defence.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned “if we allow this to continue time after time then one day our luck will run out” and Europe will face a radiation disaster which will affect tens of millions.
The IAEA said in a statement this is “the first time the site has lost all power since 23 November 2022” and warned that the emergency diesels are the “last line of defence.”
The organisation’s director-general said, “However, yet again Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is running on emergency diesels – the last line of defence.
“This is the sixth time – let me say it again [for a] sixth time, that ZNPP has lost all off-site power and has had to operate in this emergency mode.
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“Let me remind you – this is the largest nuclear power station in Europe. What are we doing? How can we sit here in this room this morning and allow this to happen? This cannot go on.
“I am astonished by the complacency – what are we doing to prevent this happening? We are the IAEA, we are meant to care about nuclear safety.
“Each time we are rolling a dice. And if we allow this to continue time after time then one day our luck will run out.”
The Ukrainian power company Energoatom announced, “Today, the last line of communication between the occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP and the Ukrainian power system has been cut off.
“Fuel for operation remains for 10 days.”
Petro Kotin, the head of Ukraine’s nuclear power industry, told Sky News, “There are negotiations with the IAEA, with the United Nations on their support of this mission, and I think within 10 days they will be on-site.
“The situation (at the plant) is very bad now and it is worsening all the time. Over the last three weeks, there’s been an increase of shelling at the site.
“The actions from Russia increase the danger to nuclear and radiation safety onsite. Also, the conditions of our staff there are really decreasing.”
He added, “They captured about 1,100 personnel from the site, and they kept them in their facilities, the captured facilities and police facilities in the (nearby) town of Enerhodar.
“One person was killed, another person was heavily wounded.
“They’re trying to push on them to accept the Russian world. All kinds of psychological pushes on them.”