IAEA experts discovered mines near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant

Directional anti-personnel mines were discovered by experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency on the periphery of the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP.

  • Restricted zone
  • Nuclear safety

According to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, they do not pose a danger to the nuclear power plant.

And they found them during the survey conducted by the agency staff on July 23 – they noticed mines in the buffer zone.

We are talking about the territory between the internal and external fences along the perimeter of the object.

Photo: Zaporozhye NPP

Restricted zone

According to experts, the mines were located in a zone to which the NPP personnel do not have access, informs MIA Rossiya Segodnya.

And on the inner perimeter, during the inspection of such dangerous items, the IAEA experts did not reveal.

Grossi recalled that his organization was aware of the previous mine laying outside the perimeter of the nuclear power plant and some locations inside it.

Our team discussed this particular discovery with the station and they were told it was a military decision in an area controlled by the military,” the CEO said.

Nuclear safety

He stressed that the presence of such items does not comply with IAEA safety standards and nuclear safety rules.

In addition, this “creates additional psychological pressure on the plant personnel” even though, according to the agency’s initial assessments, mine explosions cannot affect nuclear safety and the safety system of nuclear power plants.

Grossi assured that the IAEA specialists would continue to interact “with the station.”

Earlier, he said that the organization’s experts carried out additional checks at the facility, which did not reveal heavy military equipment, explosives or mines there.

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