Most of the remaining members of the IAEA team left the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant

Most of the remaining members of the IAEA team left the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant
Most of the remaining members of the IAEA team left the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant

Kyiv – Most of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team that has been inspecting Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant so far has left the facility occupied by Russian forces; only two members of the mission remained at the site. According to the Russian agency RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Russian-appointed administration of the Zaporozhye region, said this, and the information was also confirmed by the Ukrainian energy company Enerhoatom, according to the Reuters agency. After today’s Russian shelling, the last functioning reactor of the power plant was disconnected from the grid, the company informed at the same time a few hours later.

“Members of the IAEA mission have left the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. For now, two people have remained there as observers,” the Russian agency quoted the announcement of a representative of the Russian occupation administration. Ukrainian Enerhoatom specified that two members of the mission should remain at the facility permanently. According to Russian media and Enerhoatom, four IAEA experts left the plant today.

IAEA representatives have been inspecting the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant since Thursday. They went to the facility after Ukraine and Russia repeatedly accused each other of attacks on the facility. The Russian editorial staff of the BBC wrote that according to the Russian media, the results of the mission to the power plant are to be announced on Tuesday.

The delegation was led by the head of the agency, Rafaelo Grossi, who announced after the visit that the physical integrity of the facility had been violated several times. On Friday, right at the time of the IAEA’s visit, the power plant was again disconnected from the Ukrainian grid. A similar incident happened on August 25.

Enerhoatom initially reported today that due to massive shelling, the plant is in operation with the risk of violating anti-radiation and fire protection rules, and that only one of the six reactors is operating. But it later said the last remaining block had been disconnected after Russian shelling cut power lines. A spokesperson for Enerhoatom subsequently told Reuters that the sixth reactor is still in operation, but only covers the power plant’s own needs. Backup generators, which are ready for cooling in the event of a complete shutdown, are not turned on, according to him.

The fifth unit has been out of service since Saturday evening, when the shelling also caused extensive damage to the lines, the company specified.

According to RIA Novosti, the Russian-appointed administration of the city of Enerhodar, where the power plant is located, blamed Ukrainian forces for today’s shelling.

The only way to re-establish security at the occupied nuclear facility is to withdraw Russian forces, according to French President Emmanuel Macron. The Elysee Palace said this in a statement after the French statesman spoke on the phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Zelensky, the presidents also discussed the results of the IAEA mission.

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