The United States has accused Russia of violating security measures at seized nuclear plants in Ukraine. Russian forces have occupied the old nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, among other things, and controlled the largest Zaporizhia power plant in Europe.
“We are reporting damage to a research station in Cargo,” US Energy Secretary Jennifer Cronhome said on Twitter on Friday. “Short-term security risk is low, but Russia’s continued firing on nuclear facilities must stop.”
The Americans say they have no information that power was restored to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that exploded in 1986. According to the Ukrainian grid operator, the power cables were damaged by the shelling.
Belarusian officials said on Thursday that the country’s experts would carry out repairs. The nuclear power plant, which has not produced electricity for many years, can run for 48 hours on emergency generators. According to Gronholm, additional diesel would have been brought in.
“We are concerned about the lack of data from security checkpoints in Chernobyl and Zaporizhia, which is blocking the world’s ability to track goods from those locations,” the minister said. The supply of spare parts and supplies to Zaporizhia is also said to have stopped, and there are concerns about the condition of staff at power stations.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), about 210 technicians and security personnel have been working at Chernobyl for almost two weeks, since no change is possible since Russia’s acquisition of the facility.
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