The Russian army organized a press tour on Sunday at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Ukraine and Europe, whose kidnapping by the Russian army has raised concern in the international community.
A charred office building appeared on the site, but the reactor buildings were intact, according to Agence France-Presse.
In early March, Russian forces took control of this station located in the city of Energodar in southern Ukraine. The clashes that took place there raised fears of the international community over a nuclear catastrophe similar to that which occurred in 1986 at Chernobyl.
The AFP was able to monitor the damage during a press tour organized by the Russian army. The facade of a large office building that was used as a training center for the station workers was charred by the fire, with many windows smashed.
But there was no sign of fire or bombing on the six cubes, which are topped with red domes and contain the reactors whose construction began in the 1980s.
Last week the International Atomic Energy Agency found the situation at the Zaporizhia station “alarming”, whose experts have not been able to reach it since Moscow took over.
However, Major General Valery Vasiliev, a specialist in nuclear and chemical issues, hastily sent from Moscow to put in security the site, states that the facility “works normally, in compliance with the standard nuclear, radiological and environmental “.
None of the few soldiers who stood guard from behind piles of sandbags wore radiation protection devices or masks.
“It’s okay here!” Said Andrey Shevchik, the new mayor of the pro-Moscow mayor of Energodar. “We are ready to sell electricity in Europe. We welcome any buyer. It’s very cheap! ”He added, before setting off in an SUV covered in Russian flags.
However, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the operation of the station, which is still supplied by the Ukrainian teams.
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