Russia's permanent representative in Vienna Ulyanov: IAEA will leave several employees at the Zaporizhzhya NPP The IAEA mission is already heading to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. It included members of the Nuclear Security Secretariat and a UN team as an escort. Some employees may stay at ZNPP even after the visit
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi plans to leave several employees at the Zaporozhye NPP on a permanent basis. Mikhail Ulyanov, Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna, said this, RIA Novosti reports. ; he said.
According to him, a mission of about 15 employees of the IAEA secretariat for nuclear safety is already on its way to ZNPP. They are accompanied by a UN team that deals with logistics and security issues.
Earlier, the director general of the IAEA himself announced the visit to the Zaporozhye NPP. He noted that a mission to support and assist the station staff will arrive on site this week.
The group will consist of 13 experts from “neutral countries”— Poland, Lithuania, China, Serbia, Albania, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico and North Macedonia, wrote The New York Times. Perhaps they will bring spare parts, radiation monitoring equipment and other equipment to the nuclear power plant, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant— the largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity in Europe and the third largest in the world. The Russian military occupied its territory on February 28 as part of a military operation in Ukraine, but formally it remained under the control of the Ukrainian Energoatom.
In July and August, Russia and Ukraine repeatedly accused each other of shelling the ZNPP. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that shelling has been taking place since July 18, the last of which the department recorded on August 28. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova and the pro-Russian authorities of Zaporizhzhya said that Ukrainian troops were trying to prevent the IAEA mission by shelling the nuclear power plant.
The Ukrainian authorities demanded that the Russian military leave the nuclear power plant, like the rest of the country. Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Serhiy Kyslitsa asked the IAEA to think about the possibility of a permanent presence of experts at ZNPP. After the station was disconnected from the power grid for the first time in history due to a fire near the nuclear power plant on August 25, Energoatom warned that in the event of an accident, radiation would cover part of the south of Ukraine and the southwestern regions of Russia.
The G7 countries and 33 other countries of the world called on Moscow to return control over all the country's nuclear facilities to Kyiv. Foreign Ministers of the G7 considered that Russia's actions “significantly increase the risk of a nuclear accident”; and “endanger the population of Ukraine, neighboring countries and the entire world community.”
The Russian authorities and the Ministry of Defense have stated that they do not use nuclear power plants for military purposes. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Kyiv of “nuclear terrorism” in connection with the shelling of the station.
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