the largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity in Europe and the third largest in the world. It houses six of the 15 operating nuclear power units in Ukraine. Since the end of February, the station has been controlled by the RF Armed Forces.
“We are going to immediately start assessing the safety situation at the Zaporozhye NPP, we will keep in touch and consult with the personnel,” said the head of the IAEA. Grossi said that the specialists had collected a lot of important information and received explanations on issues of interest to them.
He also promised to work out the possibility of a permanent presence of agency experts at the did not rule out that the IAEA delegation might meet with the residents of Energodar. “My team remains, so there will be an opportunity to talk with them,” Grossi said.
began to conduct the first assessment of the situation at the nuclear power plant.
“We will analyze further, but you should know that IAEA experts remain at the station,” the head of the agency emphasized. According to him, there is still a lot of work to be done, the IAEA will maintain a permanent presence at the station.
Until the end of the mission, UN security officials will continue to support the IAEA experts at the Zaporozhye NPP, said the representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric.
“These are people who are engaged in personal security, they have neither a mandate nor expertise to conduct ballistic research,” explained the representative of the Secretary General.
Safety of the visit
According to the results of the visit by the IAEA experts to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the UN noted that Russia had done everything necessary to ensure the safety of the mission.
Before visiting the station, the head of the IAEA said that the minimum necessary conditions for the arrival of the agency’s mission were met.
“We know that there is a territory, the so-called gray zone between the last line of Ukrainian defense and the front line of Russian forces, where the risk is significant,” Grossi said.
Before the visit and at the Zaporozhye NPP, representatives of the agency visited Kyiv, where they met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and then went to Energodar. The city is located on the territory controlled by the Russian military. The delegation had problems crossing the checkpoint on the territory controlled by Ukraine, so Grossi had to personally negotiate with the Ukrainian military.
Experts were shown the projectile
Advisor to the General Director of Rosatom Renat Karchaa, who accompanied the mission, told the head of the IAEA that the Ukrainian military fired at the nuclear power plant with fragmentation munitions from Nikopol and Marganets.
“Fragmentation shells are used exclusively to destroy manpower. If we proceed from one of the versions of the Ukrainian side that they are hitting the location of a group of Russian military personnel, then there are no Russian military personnel in this square,” Karchaa said.
NUCLEAR POWER STATION. The representative of Rosatom said that he did not reach the storage facility for spent nuclear fuel by about 20 meters.
Russia convenes meeting of the UN Security Council
After the visit of the IAEA experts, it became known that Russia requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on September 6 in connection with the ongoing shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
The Security Council will hold a meeting on the issue of “maintaining peace and security in Ukraine” on September 22, follows from the work program of the UN Security Council.
First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the UN, Dmitry Polyansky said that Russia expects participation in the meeting of UN Secretary General António Guterres, and also proposes to hear the head of the IAEA “on the basis of his team’s stay at the ZNPP.” experts in Energodar, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation prevented an attempt by Ukrainian saboteurs to land near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant on two self-propelled barges that left Nikopol. them as a “human shield”. Then the role of the agency’s mission would be reduced to fixing a new status quo, which would consist in the transfer of the station under the full control of the Ukrainian troops, the department indicated.