Kyiv: The essential equipment at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant remains unaffected by the fire, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Friday.
Taking to Twitter the agency tweeted, “#Ukraine tells IAEA that fire at the site of #Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has not affected “essential” equipment, plant personnel taking mitigatory actions.”
As per a Reuters report, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has said that the reactors at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station are protected with robust containment structures and reactors are being safely shut down.
Granholm tweeted she had just spoken with Ukraine’s energy minister about the situation at the plant. “We have seen no elevated radiation readings near the facility,” Granholm said.
Ukraine has condemned Russia for the attack, which could turn out to be a calamitous one.
This morning Ukraine’s emergency services said that they have gained the access to the nuclear power plant. “As of 05:20 at the Zaporizhzhia NPP in Energodar, State Emergency Service units went to put out the fire in the training building,” the state emergency services wrote on Facebook, noting that 40 people and 10 vehicles were involved in the operation.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Moscow of attempting to repeat the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. About the crisis at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, he had spoken with the international leaders including the US president Joe Biden.
Zelensky appealing on a global level said, “This is the first time in our history. In the history of mankind. The terrorist state now resorted to nuclear terror. If there is an explosion, it is the end of everything. The end of Europe. This is the evacuation of Europe. Only immediate European action can stop Russian troops.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of endangering the whole of Europe, by attacking the nuclear power plant. “The Prime Minister said the reckless actions of President Putin could now directly threaten the safety of all of Europe,” according to a Downing Street statement.
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