The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency admits concern over the evolution of the war in Ukraine, and says that, in the case of the Zaporizhzhia plant, the situation is bizarre.
Speaking in Brussels, at a hearing in the European Parliament, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said that it is at the Zaporizhzhia plant that the most worrying situation occurs.
“We had severe cases of direct bombing on the nuclear facility, especially towards the end of the summer, and then in November we had two more days of direct bombing, as crazy as that sounds, that’s what happened,” Grossi reported, adding that subsequently of the last incident “there was a fire in the nuclear reactors which, fortunately, did not cause an accident”.
“Zaporizhzhia is, of course, the ignition point, since it is in occupied territory and has this rather bizarre situation of being a Ukrainian installation in territory under Russian control managed by Russians, but operated by Ukrainians”, he described.
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency hopes for improvements on the ground and leaves a warning: “a nuclear accident will have very bad consequences for everyone and must be avoided by all means”, that is, “whichever side of the conflict that people might be in, a nuclear accident is in nobody’s best interest”.
But, Rafael Grossi recognizes that the risk tends to increase in the coming months, as the war intensifies.
“There is a pretty clear indication of the possibility of an increase in military activity towards the end of the winter and perhaps into the beginning of the spring, which naturally raises our level of concern in terms of the consequences this could have on the nuclear infrastructure.” , he said, lamenting that the “situation throughout Ukraine, in military terms, is not improving”.