Russia sets up a shield around Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear storage facility

To protect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s storage area for nuclear waste, a shield was installed over it, a Russian official stated on Saturday.

Vladimir Rogov (a Russian-appointed official in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Province) published video footage showing workers mounting what looked like a transparent sheeting over wires that was above concrete cylinders approximately 5m (16 feet high).

It will be protected from the shrapnel (and IEDs) that are thrown by drones. He said that it would be more substantial in the future.

Ten months of fighting over Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant has raised concerns about a Chornobyl-like nuclear catastrophe.

Moscow and Kyiv have each accused the other of deliberately shelling that plant. Its six reactors, however, are now off-line.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, stated in Tuesday’s call with journalists that Russia is still in touch with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The agency is working to create a zone of demilitarization around the power plant.

Mikhail Ulyanov (Russia’s permanent representative at the international organizations in Vienna) said to TASS on Saturday that it was too soon to declare that Russia is close to an agreement. It’s impossible to predict when the negotiations will be completed.


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