International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts have observed directional anti-personnel mines on the periphery of the site of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant. The discovery was reported by the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.
The mines were found during a walkdown on July 23. They were spotted in a buffer zone between the site’s internal and external perimeter barriers.
The experts reported that the mines were situated in a restricted area that operating plant personnel cannot access and were facing away from the site. No objects were observed within the inner site perimeter.
"As I have reported earlier, the IAEA has been aware of the previous placement of mines outside the site perimeter and also at particular places inside. Our team has raised this specific finding with the plant and they have been told that it is a military decision, and in an area controlled by military," Grossi said.
He emphasized that having such explosives on the site is inconsistent with the IAEA safety standards and nuclear security guidance and creates additional psychological pressure on plant staff.