The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned on Tuesday that the Russian war is placing “unprecedented danger” on Ukraine’s nuclear power plants and “other facilities with radioactive material.”
Director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi visited Ukraine on Tuesday to meet with government officials to discuss how best to provide support and sefety to their nuclear facilities.
Grossi told senior government officials that the conflict is “putting Ukraine’s nuclear power plants and other facilities with radioactive material in unprecedented danger.”
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The IAEA chief added, “We must take urgent action to make sure that they can continue to operate safely and securely and reduce the risk of a nuclear accident that could have a severe health and environmental impact both in Ukraine and beyond.”
According to the World Nuclear Association Ukraine has one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe and also holds 15 nuclear reactors.
Grossi warned, “We can’t afford to lose any more time.
“This conflict is already causing unimaginable human suffering and destruction.
“The IAEA’s expertise and capabilities are needed to prevent it from also leading to a nuclear accident.”
Since the start of the Russian invasion into Ukraine Russian forces have deliberately targetted Chernbyl which had the largest nuclear accident to date in 1986.
Russian forces have also targetted another large nuclear facility at the Zaporizhzhia plant, Grossi said “There have already been several close calls.”