Rafael Grossi (in the center) at the Zaporozhye NPP, September 1, 2022 IAEA Specialists Temporarily Remained at Zaporozhye NPP
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will leave its representatives at Zaporozhye NPP. This was stated by the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, following a visit to the station in Energodar, occupied by Russian troops.
According to Grossi, today, during the first hours of the mission, the experts “managed to collect a lot of important information”, and he saw “key things who wanted to see. The head of the agency did not give details, but specified that the mission would stay in Energodar until September 3, and then the issue of the permanent presence of IAEA observers would be decided.
Grossi also noted the selfless work of the station staff. “Despite the difficult situation and circumstances, they are very professional in their work,” the head of the agency told reporters. Then Grossi left the nuclear power plant.
As Interfax reports, the experts spent about four hours at the plant. According to the latest data, four out of nine vehicles from the IAEA mission motorcade left the NPP territory.
On the day of the IAEA mission's visit to the Zaporozhye NPP, there were reports from the region about shelling of Energodar. The Ukrainian mayor of the city, Dmitry Orlov, blamed the Russian army for the attacks. The Russian-appointed Energodar authorities claim that Ukrainian artillery struck the city on the morning of September 1.
Russian troops seized the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began, in March 2022. Since then, Kyiv and Moscow have repeatedly accused each other of shelling the territory near the nuclear power plant. In early August, the IAEA said that safety protocols were being massively violated at the Zaporozhye NPP.