IAEA Director General to issue report on ZNPP on Tuesday 6 September

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ALONA MAZURENKO MONDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2022, 23:46

Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will issue a report on the IAEA inspection of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP),  which remains under the control of Russian occupying forces.

Source: IAEA on Twitter

Quote: "Director General Rafael Grossi will issue a report on Tuesday on the safety, security and safeguards situation in Ukraine — including the findings, to date, from his mission to the ZNPP.

Later on the same day, he will brief the UN Security Council (UNSC) about the mission to the plant."

Background:

  • At the beginning of its full-scale invasion, Russia seized the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant; on 4 March, it captured the ZNPP, creating the risk of a major radiation disaster. In mid-March, the invaders exploded some ammunition at the ZNPP.

  • On 15 July, Energoatom [the Ukrainian company that runs all the nuclear power plants in this country] reported that the Russians have installed missile systems at the ZNPP; they then used them to shell targets near Nikopol.

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency mission arrived at the ZNPP in occupied Enerhodar on 1 September.

  • On 2 September, Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed that when the initial stage of the mission is over, the ZNPP will remain in operation with two representatives of his organisation monitoring it.

  • On 5 September, four of the six participants of the IAEA mission left the territory of the ZNPP after completing their work, while two representatives of the organisation remained in place at the ZNPP.

  • On 5 September, the last power line connecting the ZNPP to the Ukrainian power grid was disconnected as the result of a fire caused by a Russian attack on the plant.

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