Nuclear fears skyrocket as blackout at Zaporizhzhia compromises reactor after shelling

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Mr Kotin has also previously said that shelling at the site has ramped up the risk of nuclear and radiation safety. He said: “The situation (at the plant) is very bad now and it is worsening all the time. Over the last three weeks, there’s been an increase of shelling at the site. The actions from Russia increase the danger to nuclear and radiation safety onsite. Also, the conditions of our staff there are really decreasing.”

This also comes amid reports that the Ukrainian staff detained at the plant have been tortured by the Russian forces that are occupying it. 

Mr Kotin said: “They [the Russians] captured about 1,100 personnel from the site, and they kept them in their facilities, the captured facilities and police facilities in the (nearby) town of Enerhodar.

“One person was killed, another person was heavily wounded. They’re trying to push on them to accept the Russian world. All kinds of psychological pushes on them.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow. 

The IAEA has warned that there is a significant risk of an impact on the availability of essential staff to carry on safely operating the plant. 

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