Representatives of the IAEA reported the fact that russian occupants had located military equipment, weapons and explosives in the turbine room of Zaporizhzhya NPP Unit 4. This became known during the weekly meeting on communication between the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) and the SNRIU about the activities of the IAEA mission at the Zaporizhzhya NPP site, which was held on May 2, 2023.
As reported earlier, at the end of July 2022, the russian military deployed heavy military equipment with ammunition, as well as weapons and explosives in the engine room of ZNPP Unit 1.
In early August 2022, information was received on the deployment of military equipment in the engine room of ZNPP Unit 2.
The SNRIU also receives information through unofficial channels about the storage of equipment, weapons and explosives in other industrial buildings of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, including repair and mechanical departments and on the roofs of power units.
The new criminal actions of the russian occupiers is another step that causes significant damage to the nuclear and radiation safety of nuclear facilities at the Zaporizhzhia NPP industrial site. The inadequate decisions and actions of the russian military threaten both the personnel of the nuclear power plant and residents of nearby settlements.
Once again, we stress that in the case of emergency at ZNPP with a potential release of radioactive substances into the environment, the consequences will be felt not only by Ukraine, but they will be of a multiborder character.
Nuclear terrorism, which the russian federation is committing, is an unacceptable phenomenon in the civilized world. We call on the international community to provide a consolidated and decisive response to the actions of the aggressor country and to apply tough sanctions to the nuclear industry enterprises of the russian federation and their affiliates. We emphasize that the russian federation should be denied all rights and privileges in the IAEA and other international institutions in the field of nuclear energy.