The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun providing on-site support to four more nuclear power plants in Ukraine in response to the country’s request, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a video statement on Thursday. Is.
Four additional plants are in Rivne, Khmelnytskyi, Southern Ukraine, and Chornobyl. Since September, IAEA experts have been providing on-site support to Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which is occupied by Russian forces.
Following Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Ukraine’s operational nuclear power plants in Zaporizhzhia, Rivne, southern Ukraine, and Khmelnytskyi were disconnected from the grid and “required to ensure their continued safety and security.” forced to rely on emergency diesel generators,” Grossi said.
“This unprecedented situation would have been unimaginable a few months ago. It is extremely alarming,” he said.
“We must do everything we can to prevent any nuclear accident at one of these nuclear facilities, which would only add to the terrible suffering we are already witnessing in Ukraine. Now is the time to act.” “
Some context: Wednesday was the first time four Ukrainians were operational. Nuclear power plants The head of state nuclear power company Energoatom said in a statement that the shutdowns were simultaneous in 40 years. Petro Koten said this is a precautionary measure and he expects to be reconnected by Thursday evening. He said that the three fully operational plants in Ukraine’s hands will help supply electricity to the national grid.
According to the World Nuclear Association, Ukraine relies heavily on nuclear energy. It has 15 reactors in four plants that, before Russia’s full-scale invasion in February, produced about half of its electricity.
Russia has turned its attention to destroying energy infrastructure in Ukraine ahead of a harsh winter, and successive waves of strikes have blacked out much of the country.