IAEA says mine exploded at Zaporizhzhia NPP

IAEA says mine exploded at Zaporizhzhia NPP

A team of IAEA observers reported hearing explosions at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

That's according to a statement posted on the IAEA website, Ukrinform reports.

"They confirmed with the plant that one of the mines located next to the ZNPP cooling pond area exploded on 11 June. There were no physical damage or casualties from the explosion and the cause of the explosion was not shared with the IAEA team," the statement said.

"This latest explosion, so close to the plant, is of grave concern and is aggravating an already fragile situation," said Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, who continued that "nuclear safety and security of the ZNPP cannot be compromised."

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On Monday, June 10, the IAEA experts visited one of the electrical sub-stations located in the nearby town of Enerhodar. The purpose was to observe the impact of an alleged shelling which, according to the ZNPP, occurred on June 8. The alleged shelling resulted in a fire and damage to the substation which serves the Enerhodar city council building where the main communication hub between the ZNPP and Enerhodar is located.

Photo: Energoatom

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