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The day after the blast at the Zaporizhia power plant, IAEA experts will assess the damage

The day after the blast at the Zaporizhia power plant, IAEA experts will assess the damage

Cover Image: Ukrainian soldiers in Baghmouth, Ukraine on November 11, 2022. Laurent van der Stock for “The World.”

  • Russia and Ukraine again blame each other On Sunday, November 20, for the bombing of a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, located in southern Ukraine and militarily occupied by the Russian military.
  • Rafael Croci, Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), The weekend strike is estimated to be – “A Good Dozen” – were “Absolutely deliberate, targeted”, without holding Russian or Ukrainian forces accountable. He assessed the situation “severe”In an interview with French channel BFM-TV.
  • The IAEA found no increase in radiation. “Radiation levels at the site were normal and there were no casualties. External power to the power plant, which was interrupted several times during the collision, was unaffected. Mr. Croce said, In a statement issued on Sunday evening.
  • However, the “Repeated blasts at site of nuclear power plant (…) Damaged buildingssystems and equipment, some explosions occur near furnaces”, Mr. Croce added. Affected facilities, according to the IAEA, specifically include a radioactive waste storage building, the irrigation systems of cooling tanks or an electrical cable supplying one of the reactors.
  • “Although there is no direct impact on the plant’s core nuclear safety and security systems, The blasts came dangerously close. We’re talking about meters, not kilometers. The director of the IAEA was furious. Anyone who bombs the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is taking enormous risks and gambling with the lives of many. »
  • The IAEA has two inspectors on site, one “Government Affairs” Monday morning “soon”. According to Raffaele Croci, explorers could not go out on Sunday because the situation was too dangerous.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Sunday evening confirmed that Russian bombings continued in the Donetsk region in the east of the country. “In the Luhansk region, we move slowly as we fightHe noted. To date, nearly 400 artillery strikes have taken place in the east since the start of the day. »
  • Dmytro Lubinets, who is responsible for human rights in the Ukrainian parliament, rejected Moscow’s accusations on Sunday. In one case“Death Penalty” Russian prisoners of war. Russia accused Ukraine on Friday of executing more than a dozen soldiers who laid down their arms. “war crime”, based on videos posted on social networks. Mr. According to Lubinets, in these images, Ukrainian soldiers were defending themselves against Russians who were pretending to surrender.
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