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the situation at the Zaporizhia power plant is “untenable”, says the IAEA, which calls for a “safety zone”
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the situation at the Zaporizhia power plant is “untenable”, says the IAEA, which calls for a “safety zone”

In a long-awaited report made public on Tuesday 6 September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called for the establishment of a “safe zone” to prevent a nuclear accident at the Ukrainian power plant in Zaporizhia, occupied by the Russians.

“The current situation is untenable”writes the UN body in this fifty-two-page text. “It is urgent to take provisional measures”she continues, advocating “the establishment of a nuclear security and protection zone”.

“The bombardments on the site and in the surrounding area must stop immediately to avoid causing further damage to the installations”insists the IAEA, saying to itself “ready to start consultations”.

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“Extremely stressful conditions”

The UN nuclear policeman also notes “extremely stressful conditions” in which Ukrainian personnel work, under the control of Russian troops.

For weeks, confusion has reigned around the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the largest in Europe, which has been hit by multiple strikes, of which kyiv and Moscow accuse each other. After many negotiations, an IAEA delegation was able to visit its site last Thursday. Two inspectors must remain on site permanently.

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“I hope he will be objective”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said before the report was released. He had criticized the IAEA last week for having concealed the question of the “demilitarization” of the site.

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