Ukraine: UN agency calls for safety zone around nuclear plant

Source: SFGate

“The U.N. atomic watchdog agency urged Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday to establish a ‘nuclear safety and security protection zone’ around the Zaporizhzhia power plant amid mounting fears the fighting could trigger a catastrophe in a country still scarred by the Chernobyl disaster. In a report following a visit by an inspection team last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency said ‘shelling on site and in its vicinity should be stopped immediately to avoid any further damages to the plant and associated facilities, for the safety of the operating staff and to maintain the physical integrity to support safe and secure operation.’ … Shelling continued around Europe’s largest nuclear plant on Tuesday, a day after it was again knocked off Ukraine’s electrical grid and put in the precarious position of relying on its own power to run its safety systems.” (09/06/22)