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Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency after the inspection: "Violation of the physical integrity of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant" |  Abroad

Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency after the inspection: “Violation of the physical integrity of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant” | Abroad

It “violated” the “physical integrity of the nuclear power plant” in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, which was occupied by Russian forces. This is what Rafael Grossi, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Thursday after inspecting this facility. The nuclear power plant has been under the control of Russian forces since March.

Watch too. This team left for the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant:

An employee of Russia’s nuclear power company Rosatom briefed IAEA personnel about the nuclear power plant, which is operated by Ukrainian employees, on Thursday. “They do their job under difficult conditions with professionalism and dedication,” Grossi said.

“During these hours we were able to gather a lot of information. I saw the main things I needed to see. We did an initial assessment. We saw the dedicated work of the staff and staff. Despite the very challenging conditions, they continue to work professionally,” he said.

“The physical integrity of the nuclear plant has been repeatedly violated,” Grossi told the media upon his return to Kyiv-controlled territory. “This is something that cannot continue to happen,” he added.

Inspectors stay on site

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency also announced that the agency’s members will remain at the nuclear power plant. “We accomplished something very important today,” he said. “The most important thing is that the IAEA remains here,” Grossi said after the inspection in a videotape distributed by the Russian state agency RIA Novosti “to let the world know that the IAEA will remain in Zaporizhia.”

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The video did not say how many people would stay or how long. A regional official, Vladimir Rogov, told Russian broadcasters that the IAEA mission would remain at the station until at least September 3. Energoatom, Ukraine’s state energy company, said five inspectors would remain at the complex. Another number goes to the city of Zaporizhia, about 120 kilometers from the power plant.

According to the Russian news agency Interfax, some experts left the site in the afternoon, after about four hours at the site. It would be four of the nine cars that made up the convoy. Grossi was there, too.

The nuclear power plant often comes under fire in the Russian war against Ukraine. The plant contains six reactors and is the largest in Europe.

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