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International Atomic Energy Agency: Inspectors arrive at the Zaporizhia NPP

International Atomic Energy Agency: Inspectors arrive at the Zaporizhia NPP

Status: 09.01.2022 13:54

The team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has arrived at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The experts had been held for several hours because of the fighting.

The IAEA mission with nuclear experts arrived at the Zaporizhia nuclear plant in Ukraine with a delay of several hours. The team had been stopped due to security concerns. According to Ukrainian information, Russian troops fired grenade launchers and rockets on the route from Zaporizhia to the nuclear power plant near the city of Enerhodar.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi announced as he left Zaporizhia that the mission could not be stopped. She will inspect the power plant and talk to the employees.

We are aware of the situation. There is increased military activity. The commander of the Ukrainian army has informed me about this and the risks, but we have weighed the pros and cons and have come this far. We do not stop.

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied Ukraine’s accusations. He accused the Ukrainian military of shelling the IAEA mission’s meeting place near the nuclear power plant. Ukrainian troops also tried to attack the nuclear power plant. But they were arrested.

The IAEA wants to check the status of the nuclear power plant

The IAEA team arrived in the city of Zaporizhia on Wednesday, about 70 kilometers from the power station of the same name. He wants to investigate to what extent the nuclear power plant is endangered by fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops in the area. In addition, the nuclear experts will check the state of the plant with its six reactors, the conditions in which the Ukrainian operating team works and whether all the nuclear material is still available.

Another closed reactor

The Ukrainian nuclear authority announced in the morning that one of the two reactors still in operation had been shut down due to Russian fire. The safety shutdown has been activated, he said in a message on the Telegram messaging app. However, the remaining reactor is working and supplies electricity to the power plant.

Both sides repeatedly accuse each other of being responsible for the bombing. The city of Zaporizhia has been controlled by Ukraine and the nuclear power plant by Russian troops since March. However, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is operated by Ukrainian technicians.