at the Zaporizhia power plant, two members of the IAEA will remain

ALEX HALADA / AFP The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, details a graphic as he addresses the press after the return of an IAEA team from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

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The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, details a graphic as he addresses the press after the return of an IAEA team from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

WAR IN UKRAINE – The day after the arrival of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the site of the Zaporijjia power plant in Ukraine, the director of the agency drew up an initial assessment of the damage.

This Friday, September 2, Ukraine also indicated that it had undertaken several strikes on localities close to the nuclear power plant, specifically targeting Russian installations.

Le HuffPost takes stock of the situation in Ukraine and at the Zaporizhia power plant after more than six months of conflict.

  • Two IAEA members permanently at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

During a press briefing from Vienna airport, Rafael Grossi, Director of the IAEA, made an initial assessment of the findings on site. For him, “statistical risks of physical harm are present”noting in passing an “increasing military activity” which “worries” him.

It also describes “a latent tension because of the obvious reasons of the war. It is obvious that there is a lot of fighting in the region”.

“The difference between being there or not is night and day,” he added. But while he was pleased with the presence of his agency in the plant so that he no longer had to depend on the information provided by the two belligerents, he insisted once again on the fact that “the physical integrity of the plant has been violated on several occasions”.

« Most (of the plant’s security systems) are working, but there have been interruptions,” observe Rafael Grossi. The website “continues to operate and there is a professional modus vivendi. Two units are still in operation today.he adds.

As such, the head of the IAEA said that of the six members of the agency still on site, four will leave but that two experts will remain permanently.

  • Ukrainian bombings near the nuclear power plant

Ukraine said on Friday that it struck a Russian base at Energodar, not far from the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant from where it accuses Russia of having withdrawn its weapons before its inspection by an IAEA team.

“In the localities of Kherson and Energodar, precise strikes by our troops destroyed three enemy artillery systems, as well as an ammunition depot” killing many Russian soldiers, the Ukrainian army said in its daily briefing.

The Ukrainian army also claimed that Russian forces had evacuated “all their military equipment from the plant site” before the arrival on Thursday of the IAEA mission, several of whose members remained at the plant and are still there.

The Zaporizhia power plant, the largest in Europe, fell to Russian troops in March, shortly after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, and its site was targeted by several bombardments raising fears of a nuclear disaster. .

kyiv and Moscow reject responsibility for these strikes. On Thursday morning, before the arrival of the IAEA mission, the Ukrainian authorities had accused the Russians of having themselves bombed Energodar, a city they control, with the intention of placing the responsibility on kyiv. .

  • Nord Stream ” completely “ stopped until a turbine is repaired

The Russian giant Gazprom has announced that the Nord Stream gas pipeline will finally be ” completely “ stopped until the repair of a turbine of this vital pipeline for the supply of Europeans.

In a press release, Gazprom indicated on Friday evening that it had discovered “oil leaks” in the turbine, during this maintenance operation in a compressor station located in Russia. “Until the repair (…), the transport of gas via Nord Stream is completely suspended”said the group, without specifying how long this repair could last.

This rebound will further accentuate the anxiety of Europeans, who are struggling to avoid an energy crisis this winter and accuse Moscow of using gas as a weapon to avenge Western sanctions after the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

The Gazprom group was to resume its gas deliveries on Saturday via Nord Stream, which links Russia to northern Germany, after a new three-day interruption for these maintenance operations.

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