The last line still in operation “has been damaged”, the IAEA explained, noting that the other three had been “previously lost during the conflict”.
This incident occurred “after new bombings in the area”, according to information from the Ukrainian authorities to the UN body. However, the ‘site’ continues to function “thanks to a helpline”, specifies the IAEA.
Already on August 25, the exchange was completely disconnected from the Ukrainian network for the first time, before the connection was re-established.
The Zaporijia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the largest in Europe, has been occupied by Russian troops since March.
After weeks of bombing that raised fears of a nuclear catastrophe, an IAEA team arrived at the nuclear plant this Thursday to carry out an inspection.
Moscow and Kiev accuse each other of attacks on the plant, where some elements of the IAEA mission will remain until “Sunday or Monday”, including the director himself, Rafael Grossi.
Ukraine accused Russia of having withdrawn its weapons before the arrival of the IAEA team and on Friday announced that it had hit a Russian base at Energodar, in the south of the country and not far from the nuclear plant.
On August 19, during a meeting in Lviv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Erdogan expressed concern about a possible nuclear disaster in the event of damage to these facilities.
“We’re worried, we don’t want another Chernobyl,” Erdogan said, referring to the 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine.
AFP stresses that the situation in Zaporijia worries many international leaders, given that the area has been the target of several bombings, raising fears of a nuclear disaster.
On Thursday, after an inspection of the facilities, the director of the IAEA said that the “physical integrity” of the factory had been “violated on several occasions”, stressing that this “cannot continue to happen”.
However, Rafael Grossi did not name those responsible for the situation.
Turkey maintains good relations with Moscow and Kiev: Ankara provided Ukraine with military drones, but refused to adhere to Western sanctions enacted against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
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