The failure of the equipment, which was damaged by the Russians, makes it impossible to take any further actions regarding the start-up of the 5th and 6th power units of the ZANP.
On the morning of Sunday, November 20, Russian invaders again struck the Zaporizhia NPP in the temporarily occupied Energodar.
As reported in “Energoatom”, at least 12 “arrivals” of the nuclear power plant were recorded.
“As a result, overpasses for communication with special corps, chemical desalinated water storage tanks, a steam generator purge system, auxiliary systems of one of the two general station diesels and other infrastructure equipment of the station were damaged. Three hits were also recorded in the area of the Rainbow substation. Information about damage and destruction there are still being investigated,” the message says.
The day before, Energoatom made a decision to bring power units 5 and 6 to a minimally controlled power level to obtain steam, which is critically needed in the winter period of the year to ensure the safety of power units, personnel, the population and the environment.
The State Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority granted the appropriate permission. However, the Russian occupiers blocked the preparation of power units to carry out the necessary measures, and then launched an attack.
It is reported that the invaders “damaged the very equipment, the failure of which makes it impossible to take any further actions regarding the start-up of power units of the ZNPP.”
“Energoatom” appealed to the international community to urgently take measures to demilitarize the ZNPP as soon as possible, withdraw the Russian military from the territory of the plant and Energodar.
The IAEA’s reaction to the shelling of the nuclear power plant
The International Atomic Energy Agency, whose employees are at the ZNPP, reported with reference to its experts that the shelling of the NPP resumed last night and this morning. It was noted there that “some buildings, systems and equipment at the ZNPP site were damaged, but this is not critical for nuclear safety.”
At the same time, the head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, without naming the perpetrator of the shelling, said that those who struck were “playing with fire.”
“The explosions took place on the territory of this large nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind this must stop immediately. As I have said many times, you are playing with fire,” he said.
Grossi also said that he does not plan to surrender until a nuclear safety zone is established around the NPP.