About 150 nuclear fuel containers located at Zaporizhzhia NPP – energy minister

About 150 nuclear fuel containers located at Zaporizhzhia NPP – energy minister

Apart from reactors, there are about 150 nuclear fuel containers in the territory of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP).

Energy Minister of Ukraine German Galushchenko said this on the air of Rada TV Channel, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

"Apart from six units, the station has a spent nuclear fuel storage facility. It includes about 150 nuclear fuel containers. If these barbarians continue to fire upon the station and hit those containers, we will actually have a nuclear disaster," the minister said.

According to him, this could happen at any moment: "Now this relates to the security of the world, not only Europe – this relates to the security of the whole world. Because it is a real nuclear terrorism."

Galushchenko also noted that Ukraine had repeatedly called on closing the sky to prevent such a situation. "Taking into account the geography of Ukrainian nuclear power plants, which are located in the east, south and west of the country, the airspace of Ukraine should be closed,” the minister stressed.

As Ukrinform reported, overnight into Friday, a fire broke out at Zaporizhzhia NPP after it was shelled by Russia’s heavy weapons. There was a hit on the first power unit. A nuclear threat was declared.

On March 2, 2022, Energy Minister of Energy German Galushchenko, together with the heads of the SNRIU and Energoatom, appealed to the IAEA Director General Mr. Grossi to request that NATO enforce the A2/AD zone over Ukraine (no-fly zone).


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