Russian troops are said to be using the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which they have occupied since March 2022, to fire rockets from nearby. This emerges from the report “A Nuclear Power Plant as Launch Pad” (PDF), which the British intelligence service McKenzie prepared on behalf of Greenpeace.
“Although the IAEA has stationed representatives at the nuclear power plant, it has not yet reported on it,” Greenpeace’s accusation goes to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The environmental protection organization therefore sent the report to the IAEA Board of Governors. Greenpeace demands that the IAEA mission in Zaporizhzhia and its reporting be reviewed. Everything must be done to increase the pressure on Russia and restore the security of the power plant. This includes imposing comprehensive sanctions against the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, which is participating in the occupation of the nuclear power plant.
“IAEA mission essential”
The IAEA did not want to comment directly on the allegations to heise online. A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Agency referred to statements by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, according to which the presence of IAEA experts on site since September 1, 2022 is crucial to help stabilize the situation and keep the world informed about the nuclear power plant hold. The IAEA mission is essential to prevent a nuclear accident.
The IAEA experts made daily tours of the nuclear power plant site, the spokesman explained. They could generally enter all parts of the facility that they need to see. If they don’t get access, they insist until they get it. Grossi himself has already been to the nuclear power plant three times. He reported that the military was still present and that there was military activity near the nuclear power plant. Detonations occur regularly near the nuclear power plant.
“Thanks to the daily observations of the IAEA experts on site and the large amounts of operational data they continually collect, the IAEA has gained a detailed understanding of the situation on the ground and is able to take all necessary follow-up actions and be informed of developments there to report,” the IAEA said. The IAEA has also increased its presence at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
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