IAEA Director General offers to Guard Nuclear Reactors in Ukraine


Flaring munition landing on the grounds of the nuclear plant in Enerhodar, Ukraine

The world’s top nuclear overseer today offered to travel to war-torn Ukraine to ensure more than a dozen reactors there aren’t targeted as part of Russia’s continued invasion, a bold move that he acknowledged would be difficult but not impossible.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he’s ready to make the trip — and suggested the crippled Chernobyl nuclear plant as a meeting site — after Russian troops attacked and then occupied Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine last night.

“If we are to extend assistance, we have to be there, and the first to be there must be the head of the IAEA,” Grossi told reporters this morning. “I am ready to come.”…

Such a meeting, he said, would allow IAEA “to not simply tweet” but take action in the face of an unprecedented situation unfolding in Ukraine, which he called “fragile” and “unstable.”

Brave dude. Offering his person to do what few bureaucrats would do in any land. Stand as hostage against war and destruction. Simply as part of his requirement to serve and protect anyone who may be affected by a nuclear disaster at any of these power plants in Ukraine.

46 thoughts on “IAEA Director General offers to Guard Nuclear Reactors in Ukraine

  1. p/s says:

    Ukraine crisis: 3rd nuclear site targeted https://www.eenews.net/articles/ukraine-crisis-3rd-nuclear-site-targeted-manchin-talks/
    Experts say Russia’s likely overall goal is to control Ukraine’s critical infrastructure — including reactors that supply more than 50 percent of the nation’s power — and that nuclear overseers’ hands are tied.
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “has no real authority to deal with this situation,” according to Ed Lyman, director of nuclear power safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
    Meanwhile: The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) said yesterday that the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology that houses a “research nuclear installation” was attacked and damaged. https://snriu.gov.ua/en/news/shelter-nsa-neutron-source

  2. Update says:

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that it has lost contact with remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine, which was taken over by Russian forces last month.
    https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/ukraine-russia-putin-news-03-08-22/h_d8fcf4a40f22a7dc433fc896d0e8ce43
    “The Agency is looking into the status of safeguards monitoring systems in other locations in Ukraine and will provide further information soon,” the IAEA said in a statement. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-15-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine

  3. Update says:

    “The Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) has been completely disconnected from the power grid due to the actions of the Russian invaders, the system operator NPC Ukrenergo has said.
    “There are about 20,000 spent fuel assemblies in Spent Fuel Storage Facility 1. They need constant cooling, which is possible only if there is electricity. If it is not available, the pumps will not produce cooling. As a result, the temperature in the spent fuel radioactive substances into the environment. By wind, a radioactive cloud can be transferred to other regions of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Europe,” the company said.
    Energoatom also said that due to a blackout, ventilation at the facility will not work, and all personnel located there will receive a dangerous dose of radiation.
    “The fire extinguishing system also does not work. This is a huge risk in the event of a fire that can occur as a result of a shell hit. Currently, hostilities continue, which makes it impossible to carry out repairs and resume power supply,” Energoatom said. https://ua.interfax.com.ua/news/general/810021.html
    “Ukraine authorizes Chernobyl spent fuel storage” (Wed, Apr 28, 2021) https://www.ans.org/news/article-2847/on-35th-anniversary-of-the-chernobyl-accident-ukraine-authorizes-spent-fuel-storage/

  4. Doomscroller says:

    A senior Ukrainian official accused Russia on Sunday of “irresponsible” acts around the occupied Chernobyl power station that could send radiation across much of Europe, and urged the United Nations to dispatch a mission to assess the risks.
    Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Russian forces were “militarising” the exclusion zone around the station, site of the world’s worst civil nuclear accident in 1986.
    Russian forces, she said, were transporting large amounts of old and badly maintained weapons, creating a risk of damaging the containment vessel constructed around the station’s wrecked fourth reactor.
    And Russian forces were preventing firefighters from bringing under control large numbers of fires in the zone.
    “In the context of nuclear safety, the irresponsible and unprofessional actions of Russian servicemen present a very serious threat not only to Ukraine but to hundreds of millions of Europeans,” Vereshchuk said on her Telegram account. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-says-russian-forces-near-chernobyl-could-pose-new-radiation-threat-2022-03-27/
    Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, demands that the UN Security Council take immediate measures to demilitarize the exclusion zone of the Chornobyl NPP and establish a special UN mission to eliminate the risk of a nuclear disaster. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3441662-vereshchuk-demands-that-un-security-council-take-immediate-measures-to-demilitarize-chornobyl-npp.html

  5. Update says:

    Russian soldiers who seized the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster drove their armored vehicles without radiation protection through a highly toxic zone called the “Red Forest”, kicking up clouds of radioactive dust, workers at the site said. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/unprotected-russian-soldiers-disturbed-radioactive-dust-chernobyls-red-forest-2022-03-28/
    The site got its name when dozens of square kilometers of pine trees turned red after absorbing radiation from the 1986 explosion, one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.
    A vast area around Chernobyl is off limits to anyone who does not work there or have special permission, but the Red Forest is considered so highly contaminated that even the nuclear plant workers are not allowed to go there.
    …One of the employees said he had spoken to some of the rank-and-file Russian soldiers at the plant.
    “When they were asked if they knew about the 1986 catastrophe, the explosion of the fourth block (of the Chernobyl plant), they did not have a clue. They had no idea what kind of a facility they were at,” he said.

  6. Reddy Kilowatt says:

    Ukraine will now be able sell its electricity on the European market.
    Finance Minister of Ukraine Serhii Marchenko said this in a Facebook post, Ukrinform reports.
    “Ukraine has recently joined the European grid by becoming a member of ENTSO-E. Thus, the electricity produced in Ukraine can be sold on the European market. I discussed this opportunity with all European colleagues. Deputy Prime Minister, Bulgaria’s Finance Minister Assen Vassilev has expressed readiness to put on the government’s agenda cobsideration of the issue of purchasing electricity produced by us,” he wrote. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-economy/3466535-ukraine-to-be-able-to-sell-electricity-on-european-market-marchenko.html

    • Chutzpah says:

      “Ukraine did a year’s worth of work in 2 weeks to get on Europe’s energy grid in record time, but major challenges are ahead” (Fortune, April 2, 2022)
      It may have been done in two weeks, but synchronizing Ukraine’s electrical grid with Europe’s has been a mammoth task years in the making.
      The idea was first explored in 2017, when Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s main energy utility company, struck a deal with ENTSO-E to undergo the lengthy operational and regulatory processes necessary to integrate Ukraine’s grid with Europe’s.
      The project was slated to cost over €50 million, and its completion date was initially set for 2026. That timeline was later adjusted to early 2023.
      “It is impressive because typically those things take 10 years or more,” Georg Zachmann, an energy and climate policy researcher at the Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel, told Fortune. “Doing it at that speed has never been done before.”

  7. Update says:

    A huge nuclear power plant occupied by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine is “completely out of control”, The head of the UN’s nuclear agency says.
    Rafael Grossi was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying the Zaporizhzhia plant needed an inspection and repairs.
    “You have a catalogue of things that should never be happening in any nuclear facility,” he said.
    Europe’s biggest nuclear plant is dangerously close to the fighting.
    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia earlier this week of using the plant, which it overran in March, as a military base to launch attacks on Ukrainian forces. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62412429

    • Cassandra says:

      (BBC): Ukraine’s nuclear agency says Russian rockets have damaged part of a giant Russian-controlled nuclear power plant, but there has been no radiation leak.
      Enerhoatom said a nitrogen-oxygen unit and a high-voltage power line had been damaged at the Zaporizhzhia plant – Europe’s largest – in southern Ukraine.
      Local Russian-appointed officials blamed Ukraine for shelling earlier.
      Ukraine also accuses Russian forces of firing rockets at civilian areas from the site, employing “terror tactics”. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62432873

    • Update says:

      Inside the Ukraine power plant raising the specter of nuclear disaster in Europe https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/13/europe/inside-ukraine-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-cmd-intl/index.html
      …”Regrettably, instead of de-escalation, over the past several days there have been reports of further deeply worrying incidents that could, if they continue, lead to disaster,” UN secretary general, António Guterres, said in a statement [link]. “I urge the withdrawal of any military personnel and equipment from the plant and the avoidance of any further deployment of forces or equipment to the site.”
      Addressing a meeting of the UN security council in New York on Thursday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, said that recent attacks [link],had knocked out parts of the plant, risking an “unacceptable” potential radiation leak and called for a team of experts to urgently be allowed to access the site, where the situation “has been deteriorating very rapidly.”

  8. AZ-5 says:

    A team from the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Monday started its journey to the Zaporizhzhia atomic power plant at the heart of fighting in Ukraine, a long-awaited mission to inspect crucial safety systems that the world hopes will help avoid a catastrophe. https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-united-nations-international-atomic-energy-agency-4945f31b924af958454aa4e3ee61e782
    International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi has for months sought access to the Zaporizhzhia plant, Europe’s biggest, which has been occupied by Russian forces and run by Ukrainian workers since the early days of the six-month-old war.
    “China calls on Putin to end Russian roulette at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine after disaster near-miss” https://inews.co.uk/news/world/china-putin-russian-roulette-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-ukraine-disaster-near-miss-russia-1818988 “China’s warning is significant as it is perhaps the only world power with real influence over the Putin regime.”
    Remarks by Chinese Ambassador Geng Shuang at the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation Related to Zaporizhzhia Power Plant (8/24/22) https://newsus.cgtn.com/news/2022-08-24/Remarks-by-Ambassador-Geng-Shuang-at-the-UN-Security-Council-Briefing–1cKpTXYNEdy/index.html

      • Matthew 5:9 says:

        Sep 1 2022 8:54 AM EDT: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s mission has arrived at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after a delay lasting several hours due to shelling around Enerhodar, where the plant is located.

        • Update says:

          (1:56 PM ET, Thu September 1, 2022): “Most of the international team of nuclear experts visiting the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Thursday have left, after overcoming initial challenges in reaching the facility, which included an hours-long delay, and a drive through an active war zone to reach the facility.
          The visit by the team of 14 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including its chief Rafael Grossi, came at a crucial moment for the plant, which has endured constant shelling and raised fears of a nuclear accident.
          So far, five IAEA inspection team remain at the plant after Grossi’s departure, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom said in a statement.
          It is expected that the remaining inspectors would stay at the plant until September 3, it added.
          A prolonged IAEA presence at the nuclear plant would likely help to stave off the possibility of a dangerous nuclear accident. Russia would welcome a permanent IAEA presence at the facility, its diplomat to the agency and other international organizations in Vienna said Wednesday.
          Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously said that he wants the IAEA to help strike a deal that would demilitarize Zaporizhzhia, rather than simply inspect the plant.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/01/europe/ukraine-zaporizhzhia-iaea-inspectors-intl/index.html

  9. Game-changer says:

    (Sep 3, 2022, 5:52pm EDT): “What can the IAEA do in Zaporizhzhia?
    The IAEA observed the damage at Europe’s largest power plant. Now what?” https://www.vox.com/2022/9/3/23335504/what-can-the-iaea-do-in-zaporizhzhia

    “Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant again lost connection to the last remaining main external power line, but continues to supply electricity to the grid through a reserve line, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday. The agency also said, in a statement posted on its website, that only one of the station’s six reactors remained in operation.” Update 97 – IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-97-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine

  10. Kolay Gelsin says:

    “Turkey offers to mediate in Ukraine nuclear plant standoff : Fighting around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine is stoking fears of an atomic disaster.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/3/turkey-offers-to-mediate-in-ukraine-nuclear-plant-standoff
    “Saturday’s offer came hours before the global atomic energy watchdog said Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant had been disconnected from its last remaining main power line to the grid and was now relying on a reserve line.
    Erdogan on Saturday told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that “Turkey can play a facilitator role in the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, as they did in the grain deal”, the Turkish presidency said.”

  11. Update says:

    A vital offsite electricity supply to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been destroyed by shelling and there is little likelihood a reliable supply will be re-established according to Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
    The plant has been relying on its only remaining operating reactor for the power needed for cooling and other safety functions. This method is designed to provide power only for a few hours at a time. Diesel generators are used as a last resort. (The Guardian Fri 9 Sep 2022 14.08 EDT) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/09/offsite-power-supply-to-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-destroyed
    Nuclear power plants generate electricity by heating fluid via a nuclear reaction to run a generator. If the heat from that reaction is not removed adequately, the fuel assemblies in a reactor core will melt through their containment structures, releasing large amounts of deadly radioactive material.

  12. Doubling down says:

    Russian troops Monday launched strikes on Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear power plant that resulted in a power outage but left the reactors undamaged, according to Ukraine’s state nuclear company.
    A “powerful explosion” was heard near the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine just after midnight, Ukraine’s Energoatom wrote on Telegram.
    Artillery shells landed 300 meters from the reactors, the company said, resulting in a temporary power outage and sending a shockwave that smashed over 100 windows at the complex. No one at the site was hurt.
    Responding to the incident, Ukraine’s Energy Minister German Galushchenko said: “Russia is desperate to put the world on the verge of nuclear disaster to achieve any progress in its energy blackmailing Europe.” https://www.politico.eu/article/ukraines-second-largest-nuclear-plant-hit-by-russian-attacks-kyiv-says/

  13. Update says:

    “Russia accused of kidnapping head of Ukraine nuclear plant : Ihor Murashov arrested on his way from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility by Russian troops on Friday and has not been heard from since.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/1/russia-detains-head-of-ukraines-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it was informed by Russian authorities that Murashov was “temporarily detained to answer questions”.
    The UN agency added that “in line with its nuclear safety mandate”, it “has been actively seeking clarifications and hopes for a prompt and satisfactory resolution of this matter”.
    Murashov had access to security codes, coordinated all the work at the plant, made sure protocols were being followed and reported to Kyiv, according to the spokespeople for the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine (Energoatom). Ukrainian authorities appointed him to run the plant several days before Russian troops rolled into Ukraine.

  14. Update says:

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday claiming ownership of the beleaguered Zaporizhzhia power plant, even as the director of Ukraine’s nuclear power company said he would assume operations of the plant, which is Europe’s largest nuclear facility.
    The announcement came hours after Putin signed laws annexing the Zaporizhzhia region. Earlier in the day, Energoatom chief Petro Kotin said he would be running the Russian-held plant from the capital, Kyiv.
    The plant’s Ukrainian director was kidnapped Friday and released this week by Russian forces who occupy the facility. Ukrainian workers continue to operate the plant, which halted power generation last month. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/10/05/ukraine-russia-war-annexation-live-updates/8184737001/
    The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has stated: “The long list of crimes and gross violations of international law by Russia since the beginning of its full-scale aggression against Ukraine has been supplemented by another crime today – an illegal attempt to take control over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. We consider the relevant decree issued by the President of the Russian Federation on this issue to be null and void”.

  15. Update says:

    The nuclear safety and security situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has deteriorated further, with the facility losing all access to external power due to renewed shelling overnight, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.
    The shelling damaged the ZNPP’s last remaining operating 750 kilovolt (kV) power line shortly after midnight, forcing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to rely on its emergency diesel generators for the electricity it needs for reactor cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions, Director General Grossi said, citing information from the IAEA team of experts present at the site.
    While those generators have fuel for ten days the lack of off-site electricity is a deeply worrying development that underlines the urgent need to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the ZNPP, the Director General said.
    “The resumption of shelling, hitting the plant’s sole source of external power, is tremendously irresponsible. The Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant must be protected,” he said. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-114-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine

    Russia continued its rush on Sunday to reestablish supply lines to Crimea, after an explosion on Saturday damaged a bridge that serves as a critical supply route for Russia’s troops in Ukraine.
    Following the bridge’s explosion, Russian missiles rained down residential buildings in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia overnight, AP reported.
    The rocket attack killed at least 17 people and wounded 40 others during the second Russian missile attack on residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia this week.

    • p/s says:

      10-YEAR-OLD Bohdan survived the latest Russian missile strike which hit Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and recalls being woken up by a loud noise when his house was partly destroyed in the attack.

      Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday that Russia had fired 20 missiles on residential areas of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine, killing at least 13 people and injuring 60, including six children.
      “These areas have no military purpose,” the ministry said in a statement. “The only goal of Russia’s deliberate attacks was to cause death and destruction to civilian people, sow terror and fear.”

    • Update says:

      “Power was cut to Ukraine’s nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday for the second time in five days, the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said, a situation that leaves the plant relying on diesel generators for the fuel that it needs to cool its reactors.
      Russian forces shelled an electricity substation in central Ukraine on Wednesday, knocking out power to the plant, the state energy company said. It was the latest in a series of Russian attacks on the country’s critical energy infrastructure in recent days.
      Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director general of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a statement on Twitter that it was “a deeply worrying development” that underlined the urgent need for a safety and security zone around the plant, which is the largest in Europe.” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/12/world/europe/zaporizhzhia-nuclear-power-plant-power-cut.html

      • AZ-5 says:

        The head of Ukraine’s state nuclear energy firm decried as “fake news” on Thursday Moscow’s assertions that the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant would require Russian fuel.
        Energoatom chief Petro Kotin told Reuters in an interview there were two years’ worth of [nuclear] fuel supplies stored at the six-reactor plant, which is still operated by Ukrainian staff.
        All six Zaporizhzhia reactors are now in cold shutdown, thereby extending the lifetime of their fuel and further obviating the need for Russian supplies, Kotin said.
        Ukraine signed an agreement in June to obtain fuel for its nuclear plants from U.S. company Westinghouse – whose fuel powers four Zaporizhzhia units – and end its reliance on Russian supplies. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-ukraine-nuclear-chief-denounces-russian-claim-that-plant-needs-russian-2022-10-13/
        Russian President Vladimir Putin told International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi on Tuesday that the situation around Ukraine’s Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is “of concern”.
        At a meeting in St Petersburg shown on Russian state television, Putin told Grossi, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, that Russia was open for dialogue and would discuss “all issues” concerning the facility’s operations.

  16. Zugzwang says:

    Russia continues the technological regression of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant https://sprotyv.mod.gov.ua/en/2022/10/16/russia-continues-the-technological-regression-of-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-power-plant/
    The “Akhmat” Special Rapid-Response Unit (SOBR) is part of the National Guard of the Russian Federation or Rosgvardiya, which is the internal military force of Russia, comprising an independent agency that reports directly to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin under his powers as Supreme Commander-in-Chief and Chairman of the Security Council.
    In late June 2022, Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, announced the creation of four new battalions comprising only of ethnic Chechens. These battalions are named “North-Akhmat”, “South-Akhmat”, “West-Akhmat,” and “Vostok-Akhmat”.
    These Chechen “Kadyrovite” troops are Rosgvardiya being deployed in combat roles in Ukraine and used as a “psychological weapon against Ukrainians”.

  17. Bummer says:

    The Institute for the Study of War, an independent US-based think tank, has suggested Russia is “likely continuing to prepare for a false flag attack” on the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant, by creating “information conditions” for Russian forces to blow up the dam after they pull out of western Kherson and then accuse Ukraine of flooding the river and surrounding settlements. (BBC 10/21/22 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63341251
    “…If the Kakhovka dam were destroyed, Mr Zelensky warned it could devastate the water supply to much of the south and leave Europe’s biggest nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhia without cooling water.”

  18. Game of Doom says:

    Russian invaders are trying to seize control over the technical operations of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, which threatens a global disaster.
    That’s according to Energoatom President, Petro Kotin, who spoke in an interview with Radio NV, Ukrinform reports. https://www.kyivpost.com/russias-war/energoatom-chief-warns-of-fukushima-scenario-at-zaporizhzhia-npp.html
    “The occupiers are trying to seize control over the technical operations of the ZNPP. On Saturday, they broke into the chief engineer’s office and declared that Moscow is taking full control, and that any actions in the technical plane must also be approved. This is a very dangerous situation,” the chief of Ukraine’s government-run nuclear operator said.
    Kotin explained that this would mean that Ukraine would not be able to launch a power unit.
    “One of the dangerous factors is that the winter period is approaching, ambient temperatures are decreasing, and with the temperature fall, the operating conditions of the equipment located at the station worsen. In fact, the air temperature in the rooms where, say, diesel generators are located, should be above 20 degrees Celsius, while for other premises it’s 15 degrees. It is impossible to allow the temperature to drop to 0 degrees. The only source of heat that can maintain the required temperature at the ZNPP is steam coming from operating power units. It can be obtained only when at least one power unit is on. That is, the priority is turning on one of the power units in order to obtain steam for own needs and create all the conditions for the operation of safety systems that ensure nuclear and radiation safety at the ZNPP,” explained the Energoatom head.
    According to Kotin, if there is a disconnection from the Ukrainian power system, the ZNPP will switch to diesel generators, and then everything will depend on the amount of fuel feeding them. It is also noted that the fuel was delivered both by Energoatom and by the invasion forces.
    “When diesel generators stop, we’ll have a Fukushima scenario. We remember that within three hours, the melting of the active zones and the release of radioactive substances began into the air and water that was cooling the reactors. This is a threat to the whole world,” Kotin stressed.

    • Update says:

      The Group of Seven of the world’s advanced economies condemned Russia’s kidnapping of the leadership of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and called for the immediate return of full control of the facility to Kyiv.

      “We condemn Russia’s repeated kidnapping of Ukrainian” Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant “leadership and staff and denounce the application of other forms of pressure on remaining Ukrainian personnel,” the Nonproliferation Directors General of the G7 countries wrote in a statement Saturday evening. The group includes the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K.

      They urged Russia “to immediately return full control” of the plant “to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine, to remove all Russian personnel from the facility, and to stop any attempts to recklessly and dangerously place” it under Russian administration “which could further jeopardize its safe and secure operations.” https://www.politico.eu/article/g7-calls-for-return-of-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-to-ukraine-control/

  19. Demon seed says:

    Russia’s defense chief on Sunday alleged that Ukraine was preparing a “provocation” involving a radioactive device, a stark claim that was strongly rejected by Ukrainian and British officials amid soaring tensions as Moscow struggles to stem Ukrainian advances in the south.
    Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the allegations in phone calls with his counterparts from the United States, Britain, France and Turkey.
    Russia’s defense ministry said Shoigu voiced concern about “possible Ukrainian provocations involving a ‘dirty bomb,’” a device that uses explosives to scatter radioactive waste. It doesn’t have the devastating effect of a nuclear explosion, but it could expose broad areas to radioactive contamination.
    Russian authorities repeatedly have made allegations that Ukraine could detonate a dirty bomb in a false flag attack and blame it on Moscow. Ukrainian authorities, in turn, have accused the Kremlin of hatching such a plan. https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-putin-europe-think-tanks-business-deb83a49c24736928a010b0a449f308c

  20. Update says:

    (Monday October 24, 2022): “The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergei Ryabkov, has stated that a protective zone around the Zaporizhzhia NPP is necessary, but the demilitarisation of the ZNPP is impossible.” https://news.yahoo.com/russians-not-leave-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-055756010.html
    “Agreements on demilitarisation are in general impossible: we cannot but guard the station, in order to ensure its security. The protective zone is another matter, its parameters are under discussion. We believe that some process of agreement, in particular a diplomatic one, with the [IAEA] agency on the parameters of such a protective zone is not just possible – it is necessary.” (Sergei Ryabkov)

    Background: The Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, has said that an agreement on the safety zone around the Zaporizhzhia NPP can be achieved by the end of the year.

  21. Oscar G. says:

    The UN’s nuclear watchdog IAEA says its inspectors have regularly visited two sites in Ukraine at the centre of Russian claims that Kyiv is preparing a so-called dirty bomb.
    Inspectors would return in the coming days following a Ukrainian request, director general Rafael Grossi said.
    Russia has not offered any evidence for its allegations, which Nato dismisses.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63382277
    Russia’s state-run news agency, RIA Novosti, said it had identified two sites – the Eastern Mineral Enrichment Plant in central Dnipropetrovsk region and the Institute for Nuclear Research in Kyiv – as the locations central to the alleged Ukrainian operation.
    Moscow is expected to repeat the allegation during a meeting of the UN’s Security Council on Tuesday. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Russian representative to the council, Vassily Nebenzia, said his country would “regard the use of the dirty bomb by the Kyiv regime as an act of nuclear terrorism”.
    “Our Ministry of Defence has also received information that this provocation can be carried out with the support of Western countries,” Mr Nebenzia wrote in his letter.

    • Doomscroller says:

      “Ukraine alleges Russian dirty bomb deception at nuke plant” (AP News) https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-kyiv-sergei-shoigu-climate-and-environment-government-politics-6ea801e22edee2d25c1e24d613f18e4a
      “Energoatom, the Ukrainian state enterprise that operates the country’s four nuclear power plants, said Russian forces have carried out secret construction work over the last week at the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.
      Russian officers controlling the area won’t give access to Ukrainian staff running the plant or monitors from the U.N.’s atomic energy watchdog that would allow them to see what the Russians are doing, Energoatom said Tuesday in a statement.
      Energoatom said it “assumes” the Russians “are preparing a terrorist act using nuclear materials and radioactive waste stored at” the plant. It said there were 174 containers at the plant’s dry spent fuel storage facility, each of them containing 24 assemblies of spent nuclear fuel.
      “Destruction of these containers as a result of explosion will lead to a radiation accident and radiation contamination of several hundred square kilometers (miles) of the adjacent territory,” the company said.
      It called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to assess what was going on.
      The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to hold closed-door consultations about the dirty-bomb allegations later Tuesday at Russia’s request.”

  22. Current events says:

    (October 31, 2022): Update 122 – IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-122-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine
    “A landmine explosion cut the main power supply connection to one of the reactors of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), in the latest incident underlining the fragile nuclear safety and security situation at the facility during the current military conflict, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.
    The explosion occurred yesterday evening outside the ZNPP’s perimeter fence, disconnecting the 750 kilovolt (kV) external power line between plant’s switchyard and the main electrical transformer of reactor unit 4.
    Unit 4 is instead receiving the electricity it needs for cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions from a back-up line connecting the ZNPP to the switchyard of the nearby thermal power plant, Director General Grossi said, referring to information provided by the team of IAEA experts present at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
    In a further sign of the precarious situation in the area of the ZNPP, the IAEA team said there had been shelling in the vicinity of the plant in recent days, following a period of reduced military activity. Yesterday, shelling near the thermal power plant switchyard temporarily disconnected one of the ZNPP’s three back-up power lines through which the town of Enerhodar has been receiving electricity. This 150 kV power line was re-connected later the same day.”

    • Turn again says:

      According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), external power has been restored to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) two days after it lost all access to off-site electricity due to Russia’s shelling.
      Yesterday’s IAEA press release noted that on Friday, at around 22:00, the 750 kV power supply to all six units of the ZNPP had been re-established, and the eight operating emergency diesel generators turned off and put into standby mode. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-124-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine

      Meanwhile, the Russians fired seven of their S-300 missiles into the city of Zaporizhzhia and its suburbs last night.
      The S-300 is their oldest air defense system so there’s a large surplus of aging rounds that can be modified to attack stationary ground targets.
      The Russians have also been using their new supersonic Kh-32 anti-ship cruise missiles to attack ground targets In Ukraine.
      The UK ministry of defense reports these missiles are also “still not optimised to accurately strike ground targets, especially in an urban environment. This greatly increases the likelihood of collateral damage when targeting built up areas.”

  23. p/s says:

    “Fighting at Ukraine nuclear plant highlights risks of US export policies” https://warisboring.com/fighting-at-ukraine-nuclear-plant-highlights-risks-of-us-export-policies/
    “…the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, has sounded dismissive about the concerns raised by Sokolski and others.
    “It’s very simple, the problem in Ukraine and in Russia is they are at war. The problem is not nuclear energy,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said in a BBC interview that aired earlier this month.
    He also implicitly suggested the paramount importance of reducing global carbon emissions trumped concerns about radiation releases stemming from future potential wars involving one or more countries with nuclear reactors on their territories.”

    • Cassandra says:

      “Nuclear plants could safely operate for 100 years, suggests Grossi” https://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-plants-could-safely-operate-for-100-years,
      “As the nuclear sector takes its place at the COP27 gathering, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s director general says that Long Term Operation (extending the lifetime of existing nuclear plants) is the “unsung hero of the fight against global warming”.
      …During the session Grossi also restated the need for a protection zone around the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine which, as he pointed out, is on the frontline of the war. The six reactor plant, occupied by Russian forces, currently has IAEA staff stationed there, but Grossi said there was an emerging question about future safeguard inspections, because the IAEA had different mechanisms for inspecting nuclear facilities in countries without nuclear weapons – such as Ukraine – and those with nuclear weapons – such as Russia.”

  24. Update says:

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will in the coming weeks send nuclear safety and security missions to three operating nuclear power plants in Ukraine as well as to the country’s Chornobyl site, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-126-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine
    Following a request from Ukraine, an agreement has been reached between the government and the IAEA to dispatch teams of Agency nuclear safety and security experts to the South Ukraine, Khmelnytskyi and Rivne Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). Under the agreement, the IAEA will also send its third such expert mission to Chornobyl during the current conflict in Ukraine. The IAEA already has a team of experts continuously present at the country’s largest such facility, the Zaporizhzhya NPP (ZNPP). At all these facilities, the IAEA is also regularly carrying out safeguards activities, and has just completed in-field verification activities at three other locations in Ukraine at the request of its government, following allegations by the Russian Federation about activities there.

  25. Update says:

    Nov 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control, was rocked by shelling on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the U.N. nuclear watchdog which said such attacks risked a major nuclear disaster.
    More than a dozen blasts shook Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant on Saturday evening and Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. Moscow and Kyiv both blamed the other for the shelling of the facility.
    “The news from our team yesterday and this morning is extremely disturbing,” said IAEA head Rafael Grossi. “Explosions occurred at the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately. As I have said many times before, you’re playing with fire!” https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-says-ukraine-shells-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-power-plant-tass-2022-11-20/

  26. Update says:

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied reports that Russia intends to give up the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, saying it is still under Russian control and will remain so. https://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-updates-russia-denies-plans-to-give-up-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant/a-63913438
    “There’s no need to look for signs where there are none and cannot be any,” Peskov told reporters in a briefing on Monday.
    His remarks came after the head of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear energy company said there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to vacate what is Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, which they seized in March shortly after invading Ukraine.
    Petro Kotin, the head of Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-run nuclear energy company, said it was too soon to be sure what Russia was planning, but that he had reason to believe its forces might leave the Zaporizhzhia power plant, according to Reuters.
    “Firstly, there are a very large number of reports in Russian media that it would be worth vacating the (plant) and maybe worth handing control (of it) to the (International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA),” Kotin said Sunday. “One gets the impression they’re packing their bags and stealing everything they can.”
    Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak also said late on Sunday that he was sure Russian forces would leave the plant.
    IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi met with Russian officials last week to discuss setting up a protection zone around the plant in an effort to prevent nuclear diaster, Reuters reported.

  27. Update says:

    The UN’s nuclear watchdog announced on Friday it would be boosting its presence in Ukraine to help prevent a possible disaster during the conflict with Russia.
    The International Atomic Energy Agency said it would soon have a permanent presence at all five of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, including Chernobyl, which closed after the 1986 disaster.
    IAEA chief Rafael Grossi will visit Ukraine next week to begin the operation, the agency said in a statement.
    The decision marks a major expansion of the IAEA’s activities in Ukraine. At the moment, only the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant, which is near the front line, has a permanent agency presence.
    But under the new plan, 11 or 12 agency experts will be present in Ukraine to monitor the plants and provide technical assistance. https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/2023/01/13/un-nuclear-agency-to-step-up-presence-in-ukraine/

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