Sep 9, 2022
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Who did Grossi urge to stop shelling the ZNPP?

Head of the IAEA Rafael Grossi on Friday, September 9, he called for an end to the shelling of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant:

“Today I learned from the IAEA staff about the serious situation that developed last night at the Zaporozhye NPP (ZNPP).

The energy infrastructure feeding the city of Energodar, where the nuclear power plant operators and their families live, was destroyed by the shelling of the distribution station at the city’s thermal power plant, which led to a complete blackout in Energodar: no running water, no electricity, no sewerage.

Given the increase in the intensity and duration of shelling, there is less and less opportunity to restore a reliable energy supply to ZNPP, especially since shelling constantly and repeatedly damages the energy infrastructure.

As a result, the IAEA understands that the operator, no longer trusting the restoration of power off the site, is considering shutting down the only remaining operating reactor. The entire power plant would then rely entirely on emergency diesel generators to provide vital nuclear safety functions. And, as a result, the operator will not be able to restart the reactors unless a reliable external power supply is restored.

In addition, with the population of Energodar facing increasingly difficult conditions, there is a significant risk that key ZNPP personnel will not remain in place to continue the safe operation of ZNPP.

This is an unstable situation, and it is becoming more and more unstable. It’s dark in Energodar. There is no electricity at the power plant. And we have seen that as soon as the infrastructure is repaired, it gets damaged again.

This is completely unacceptable.

I therefore urge an immediate halt to all shelling in the area. Only this will ensure the safety of the operating personnel and allow the restoration of power supply to Energodar and Zaporizhia NPP.

The escalation demonstrates the absolute need to create a nuclear safety and security zone right now.

This is the only way to ensure that we do not experience a nuclear accident.”

At the same time, as follows from the text of the statement, Grossi does not name the perpetrators of the shelling and does not even mention Ukraine, whose army shells both the city of nuclear scientists and the Zaporizhzhya NPP every day. Instead, he calls for someone (who?) to fire “in this district” stop immediately and create “nuclear safety and security zone right now”.

What this means in the understanding of both Grossi and the entire IAEA mission that visited the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is not explained in the statement. Only one thing is clear: the IAEA does not want to share information about who exactly is shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant with the whole world. Calls to “immediately stop” the shelling, it turns out, are unaddressed. Why should Kyiv listen to them and, moreover, react to them?

On the other hand, it is quite clear that such a statement by the head of the IAEA opens the way for all sorts of speculations around the “creation of a nuclear safety zone” with unacceptable demands on the Russian Federation. And, accordingly, for further provocations of Kyiv, which consist in covering Energodar and the Zaporizhzhya NPP region with fire.

The time for Grossi’s statement was also not chosen by chance.

By the way, the current shelling of Energodar and the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant did not differ in anything supernatural – in a day from the Marganets area, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired 27 shells at the city and the station. They damaged power lines on September 6, after which, on the morning of September 9, special forces were again sent on 15 speedboats to land on the Energodar coast. And again it didn’t work.

There is a very understandable and effective solution for creating a “nuclear safety zone” – to demilitarize the right right bank of the Dnieper, from where the Armed Forces of Ukraine strike at Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. It was proposed by a member of the Main Council of the Civil-Military Administration of the Zaporozhye region Vladimir Rogov.

For some reason, Rafael Grossi did not offer this solution. For the same reason that he does not name those responsible for the shelling of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

“I trust the IAEA report, they are under pressure and cannot speak directly, that shelling comes from Ukraine. We don’t shoot ourselves.? Brad”, – said the President of the Russian Federation during the Eastern Economic Forum Vladimir Putincommenting on the previously published report of the IAEA delegation on the situation at the ZNPP.

For the same reason, Grossi is not able to say anything directly.

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