New York, 25 August 2022 (TDI): United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the situation in the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

He said that the situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is not stable and the ongoing military escalation between Ukraine and Russia may turn ZNPP into a reason for the nuclear catastrophe.

Antonio Guterres further added that the United Nations secretariat is ready to assist the government of Ukraine. He stressed the point of provision of access to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ZNPP.

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IAEA’s concerns over Zaporizhzhia Power Plant

Earlier, on 23 August 2022, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on their Twitter handle that ZNPP was facing the danger of catastrophe. IAEA also warned about the destruction of lab and chemical facilities at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. 

The Director General of the IAEA, R. Mariano Grossi also expressed his concerns over Zaporizhzhia’s situation. He stated, “These incidents show why the IAEA must be able to send a mission to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant very soon”. 

Further, Director General Grossi said, “I’m continuing to consult very actively and intensively with all parties so that this vital IAEA mission can take place without further delay.”

He emphasized that “The IAEA’s presence will help stabilize the nuclear safety and security situation at the site and reduce the risk of a severe nuclear accident in Europe. The mission is expected to take place within the next few days if ongoing negotiations succeed.”