IAEA: Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants Captured by Russian Forces Running Safely

Ukraine’s operational nuclear plants that were captured by Russian forces are running safely and there has been no casualties at the Chernobyl site, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Thursday.

“Ukraine has informed the IAEA that ‘unidentified armed forces’ have taken control of all facilities of the State Specialized Enterprise Chornobyl NPP, located within the Exclusion Zone,” the IAEA said in a statement, citing Ukraine’s nuclear regulator.

“The counterpart added that there had been no casualties nor destruction at the industrial site,” the statement read.

The IAEA said that it is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. The country has four operational plants plus the now-defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant where the remaining activities include nuclear waste management and storage.

The agency appealed “for maximum restraint to avoid any action that may put the country’s nuclear facilities at risk,” according to the statement.

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