The Director General of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, called the situation in the Ukrainian energy system unprecedented and deeply disturbing on November 23, when as a result of Russian shelling, all four nuclear plants, which switched to emergency power supply with diesel generators, were disconnected.
“This unprecedented situation would have been unbelievable even a month ago. It is deeply disturbing,” he said.
Grossi noted that at the beginning of the war, he identified seven integral pillars of security and protection, including the need to maintain physical integrity and the availability of a reliable external power source.
“I call today that these pillars are respected so that all nuclear power plants of Ukraine are not affected in this way,” the general director stressed.
According to him, while the world was focused on the dangerous situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, one should not forget about the country’s other nuclear facilities.
He reminded that Ukraine recently asked the IAEA to provide its missions and support, in addition to the Zaporizhzhia NPP, to other operating stations and the Chornobyl NPP.
“This aid has begun. We must do everything we can to prevent a nuclear accident at any of these nuclear facilities, which will only exacerbate the terrible suffering we are already seeing in Ukraine. The time to act is now,” Grossi said.
As reported, all units of Rivne (four with a total capacity of 2,835 MW), South Ukrainian (three with a total capacity of 3,000 MW) and Khmelnytskyi NPP (two with a total capacity of 2,000 MW) were disconnected on November 23 due to a decrease in frequency in the Ukrainian power system, which entered a blackout, after regular of massive Russian missile attacks on Wednesday.
The previous Russian missile attack on November 15 led to the disconnection from the power system of two units of Khao NPP and one unit of RA NPP.
The ZNPP has six units of 1,000 MW each, but the plant was completely shut down at the beginning of September.