War in Ukraine: IAEA mission completes its first inspection at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant – RTVE

The delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Ukraine has completed its first review at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, several hours behind schedule and despite the fighting in the area that has taken place this same Thursday. The group of 14 IAEA experts has needed just two hours to accomplish its mission: to assess the security situation in Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, occupied by Russian troops almost since the beginning of its invasion of Ukraine more than six months. “We were able to gather a lot of information. I have seen the main thing that I needed to see,” said the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi, before the Russian press before returning to the territory controlled by Ukraine. “We did a first evaluation. We saw the dedicated work of the staff and the management. Despite the very, very difficult circumstances, they continue to work professionally,” Grossi explained. At least five members of the delegation will remain at the plant until next Saturday, September 3, the Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom has indicated. “�� The visit of the members of the IAEA to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant ends.�� “I have seen everything I needed to see”, said its director general upon his departure�� Informs | @L_Hijon▶️ https://t.co/wJd1IHykI5 pic.twitter.com/mqKIGgkWj5“ — Radio 5 (@radio5_rne) September 1, 2022 In addition, the intention is to maintain a permanent presence of the IAEA to have updated information, “reliable, impartial and neutral” of what happens in the plant. The plant was the target of recent bombings that damaged some of its facilities, and the IAEA has been warning for months of the risk of a nuclear disaster. Grossi has stressed that “the physical integrity of the plant has been repeatedly violated” and that “it cannot continue to happen.” Rafael Mariano Grossi, director of the IAEA, who heads the mission in Ukraine, speaks to the media before leaving for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Genya SAVILOV / AFP Russia accuses Ukraine of trying to repossess the plant The Russian Defense Ministry has assured that Ukrainian “saboteurs” have tried to seize the nuclear plant this Thursday. In a statement, the Ministry has stated that 60 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed the Dnieper River in boats at 6 in the morning. The operation, according to the Ministry, was a “provocation” to prevent the IAEA visit. The Ministry has stated that “measures have been taken” to destroy these troops, including the use of aviation. The authorities established by the Russian occupiers in the city of Energodar, where the plant is located, have denounced artillery bombardments from Ukrainian Army this Thursday morning. “Three civilians have died and another was injured,” a spokesman for the administration told the Russian agency Interfax. Ukraine, for its part, accuses Russia of bombing near the plant and on the route that international experts should follow. Disconnected a reactor due to bombing The Ukrainian Energy Agency, Energoatom, assures that reactor number 5 had to be shut down due to bombing, while number 6 continued to be active and connected to the electricity grid. “It is a demonstration of Russia’s real ‘interest’ in the inspection. It is yet another proof of the real importance of Russian ‘guarantees’ for any intermediary,” Mikhailo Podoliak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, said on social media. A week ago, the plant had to stop all its activity and for the first time in its history it was disconnected from the general electrical network, causing the alarm due to the operation of the cooling systems.