Specialists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discovered directional antipersonnel mines on the periphery of the perimeter of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).
According to the head of the organization, Rafael Grossi, a group of experts noticed several mines in the buffer zone between the inner and outer perimeter of the facility when they were conducting an inspection of the site. It is clarified that the mines were in a closed area where there is no access to station personnel. No mines were found on the inner perimeter of the station.
Grossi’s statement states that “the IAEA has been made aware of previous cases of mine-laying outside the perimeter of the facility, as well as in certain locations within it.”
He stressed that the agency’s experts raised this issue in a conversation with representatives of the station. They were told “that this is a decision by the military, made with respect to territory controlled by the military.”
As Grossi pointed out, the presence of such mines is contrary to the principles of nuclear and physical security. At the same time, according to the conclusion of the agency’s experts, the detonation of these mines will not threaten the station systems.