State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine (SNRCU) reported The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that on February 24, 2022, at the age of 17, “as a result of a military attack on all ChNPP facilities in the Exclusion Zone, they were taken under control by the armed forces without identification.”
Among these facilities are spent nuclear fuel storage facilities – SNFSF-1, SNFSF-2; new safe confinement of the Shelter facility; units №№ 1, 2, 3 of the Chernobyl NPP at the stage of decommissioning.
“Military unit number 3041, which guarded the ChNPP, is disarmed. According to the operative duty of the BSEC, as of 5:30 p.m., there were no victims and injured Chernobyl personnel, nothing was destroyed at the Chernobyl industrial site, the integrity of the protective barriers of nuclear facilities is not damaged, no change in the radiation situation is observed, “the statement reads. in messages.
As of 20:30, control over nuclear and radiation facilities in the exclusion zone has actually been lost, according to the SNRCU.
In the evening of February 4, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal2 learned that Russian troops had captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Martial law has been imposed in Ukraine since the new Russian invasion. At 5 a.m. on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a special operator in Dobas following a request for military assistance from the DNR / LNR group, which he had previously “recognized.”
In a video address, President Zelensky decides that the Ukrainian army, border guards, police forces and special services are repelling Russian attacks.
Despite the direct invasion, the Kremlin denied any intentions to occupy Ukraine. On February 24, the Kremlin reiterated Putin’s previous statement that it was implementing “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.”