The IAEA director leaves Zaporizhia, but establishes the “continued” presence of inspectors at the nuclear power plant

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, has left the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant after carrying out an inspection with 13 other specialists. Inspectors from the UN nuclear agency will remain on site to establish a “continued” presence. at the plant, which for the time being will last until next Saturday. They have not specified the number of inspectors who remain at the plant, but the Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom put their number at five.

Grossi, who left the plant after several hours of mission, thanked the specialists of the UN nuclear agency for their courage and wished them luckaccording to the Russian agency interface. The IAEA director, who has always advocated a permanent IAEA mission in Zaporizhia, also spoke with some residents of Energodar, the city that hosts the nuclear plant.

The experts who inspected the facilities were accompanied by representatives of Russia’s state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, and plant employees, according to the official Russian agency. RIA Novosti.

At the same time, the inspectors who left the facility must cross into the territory controlled by Ukrainian troops before 8:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. GMT), according to the pro-Russians.

Before the stay of some inspectors, Grossi did not make it clear if it is the permanent presence of the IAEA in the Zaporizhia plant demanded by the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and that he himself had stated upon his arrival as “necessary to stabilize the situation and regularly obtain reliable and impartial data”.

As he told the Russian agency interface the head of the pro-Russian administration of the city of Energodar, Alexander Volga, the experts who have stayed will be accommodated in a local hotel.

During the visit, again according to Russian agencies, some residents of Energodar, controlled by Russia, handed over Grossi, an appeal to “stop Ukraine’s provocations against the nuclear power plant” and a fragment of a suspected Ukrainian missile.


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