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Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration reported worsening situation at occupied ZNPP

Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration reported worsening situation at occupied ZNPP Russian occupant at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Energodar (photo: Getty Images)

In the occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) by Russian invaders, there is an insufficient number of specialists working, as the occupiers refuse to allow workers without the passport of the aggressor country, states Ivan Fedorov, the newly appointed head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration (RMA).

The official pointed out that the situation at the station is becoming more tense.

According to a representative of the administration, in early February, the Russians prevented about 120 station workers from performing their duties at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). This is partly due to the fact that employees refused to obtain Russian citizenship and passports.

"This was precisely the reason for their exclusion from performing their duties," explained Fedorov.

He emphasized that such a situation is extremely dangerous.

In this context, the head of the RMA noted that at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, during the Russian occupation, blackouts due to power supply problems have already occurred eight times, which can lead to serious consequences due to disruptions in technological processes.

Fedorov concluded that the fewer workers control such a process, the greater the danger will be.

Situation at the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, was occupied by Russian aggressors at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. The invaders deployed military equipment on the territory of the ZNPP. Throughout the period of occupation, the station has been disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid several times.

Currently, experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are stationed at the plant, periodically rotating, but recently the Russians did not allow IAEA inspectors into the reactor rooms at the ZNPP.

As reported by Energoatom, since the beginning of the occupation, there have been at least 8 complete blackouts at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. Such incidents can jeopardize not only Ukraine's nuclear and radiation safety but also that of other countries.

Recently, the IAEA announced the discovery of new mines on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.

On February 7, IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi visited the Zaporizhzhia NPP for the fourth time. There, he inspected the situation with the personnel and more.