MELITOPOL, November 23. /TASS/. Storage tanks containing distillates were damaged between two power units of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in recent Ukrainian attacks, Renat Karchaa, adviser to the chief executive of Russia’s Rosenergoatom nuclear power plant operator, told TASS on Wednesday
"There are storage tanks containing distillates between power units four and five. Parts of those are used in nuclear reactor cooling systems and in sprinklers to clean units and skids. This is what they (International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts - TASS) called a non-radioactive leak," he specified.
Karchaa suggested assessing the severity of an incident based on a combination of factors. "Over here, they (Ukrainian forces - TASS) actually damaged some parts of the cooling system, and they also broke sprinkling basins. Each incident may not be critical when taken separately, but a combination of [incidents] gives quite a different picture of damage and risks," he said.
Karchaa told TASS earlier that the heaviest Ukrainian attacks ever had been reported at the nuclear facility last weekend.
IAEA experts said on Monday they had not found any immediate threat to nuclear safety at the Zaporozhye NPP, despite widespread damage on the premises of the power plant.