Ukraine says situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is getting worse

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Ukraine’s Energy Minister said on Friday (20) that the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, currently controlled by Russia, is worsening due to the psychological state of the Ukrainian team and the condition of the equipment.

The Ukrainian team has remained at the plant in southeastern Ukraine since Russian forces captured it in March last year, shortly after the invasion of Moscow.

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The nuclear power plant, Europe’s biggest, has been repeatedly attacked, raising fears of a nuclear disaster. Each side blames the other for the bombing.

“The situation is really getting worse. It is getting worse not only because of the mental state of the remaining Ukrainian specialists, but also because of the condition of the equipment,” Energy Minister German Galushchenko told Ukrainian television.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations regulatory body, is trying to establish a safe zone around the facility.

The IAEA says it has a permanent presence of up to four experts in Zaporizhzhia, but IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, who visited Ukraine this week, said he was concerned the world was becoming complacent about the dangers.

Ukraine’s nuclear power company Energoatom said Russian forces continued to build military fortifications around the nuclear power units at the station.

He also said that Russians at the station cannot start the power units due to staff shortages and that around 1,500 Ukrainian specialists were denied entry after they refused to sign contracts with Russian entities.

Source: CNN Brasil

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