IAEA experts monitoring the security situation at nuclear power plants in Ukraine report that several explosions were heard near the Khmelnytskyi NPP on the night of November 29, 2023.
This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"In western Ukraine, the IAEA team monitoring the situation at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant reported that, while on its premises, it heard several explosions in the immediate vicinity for 20 minutes last night," the agency said.
The plant was not directly affected, but the incident showed that as long as the war continues, all Ukrainian nuclear power plants remain in danger, said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.
"The whole world is predominantly focused – and rightly so – on the very real dangers faced by the Zaporizhzhya NPP... because it is located on the front line," Grossi said, meaning that this station is occupied by Russian troops. "But yesterday's event is a reminder that we must not forget about other nuclear facilities in Ukraine, which are potentially also threatened by missile and other attacks."
According to the head of the IAEA, all nuclear facilities in Ukraine remain vulnerable: either directly due to possible missile hits, or indirectly if their power supply is disrupted.
It will be recalled that late in the evening of November 28, air defense forces worked in the Khmelnytskyi region during an air raid due to a drone attack. Debris fell on the territory of the Shepetivka district.
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