IAEA: Stop data transmissions from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said monitoring systems at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine had stopped transmitting data.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi issued a statement on Tuesday saying similar unrest had occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the north. Both facilities are now under the control of Russian forces.

In a new statement on Wednesday, Grossi said he was deeply concerned about the sudden interruption of data transmissions from the two factories to IAEA headquarters. He said the reason was not immediately clear.

The head of the IAEA also referred to the announcement by the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs that the Chernobyl power plant had lost all electricity.

Grossi said the outage would not have a critical safety impact. But he said: “Day by day we are seeing the situation worsening” at the Chernobyl power plant. He urged Russian forces to take steps to ensure security.

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog plans to travel to Antalya, Turkey on Thursday, where the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine are due to meet. Grossi said: “During the meetings there, I hope to make progress on the urgent issue of ensuring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities.”