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War in Ukraine: Chernobyl radiation levels “extraordinary”

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) President Rafael Crozi said on Tuesday that the level of radiation at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine was “extraordinary”, exactly 36 years after the worst disaster in history. Civil nuclear power.

“I would say the amount of radiation is extraordinary,” Crossey told reporters on the site without giving specific numbers. “Radiation levels rose when the Russians brought heavy equipment into the area, and when they left, the IAEA was monitoring the situation” daily, “he added.

Earlier, the head of the IAEA considered the occupation of the Chernobyl base by the Russian military to be “absolutely extraordinary” and “very dangerous”, beginning with the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. On March 31st.

In order to provide “vital equipment” (dosimeters, protective clothing, etc.), to carry out “radiation and other tests”, Mr. Crossey is on site with a team of experts.

He said the experts should “fix the remote monitoring systems that stopped sending data to the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna (Austria) shortly after the war began.”

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant, located 150 kilometers north of Kiev on the Belarusian border, has been hit by a cut in electricity and communications networks since its inception by the Russians.

Rafael Croce already traveled to Ukraine at the end of March and laid the groundwork for an agreement to provide technical assistance. Before meeting with senior Russian officials in Kaliningrad on the Baltic coast, he visited the Yushno-Ukrainsk Southern Power Station.

In Ukraine, in addition to waste repositories such as the Chernobyl plant, there are 15 reactors in four operating plants. According to Ukrainians, it is the largest power plant located in Energod, near the city of Zaporizhia, which was hit by two Russian missile strikes on Tuesday.

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A Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986 polluted much of Europe, especially Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. As a “waiver zone”, the 30-kilometer radius around the plant is still heavily polluted and has been banned from living there permanently.