Russia plans to take full control of Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, IAEA says
Ukraine has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that Russia plans to take full and permanent control of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant under the management of Rosatom, director general Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a statement.
In a letter to the CEO, the chairman of Ukraine’s Energoatom nuclear power plant operator, Petro Kotin, said about 400 Russian troops were “present at the site full-time” and confirmed that the nuclear power plant remains under the control of Russian military forces. commander.
In addition, Energoatom’s Kotin said the plant’s management should coordinate with Russian forces on all operational matters, including technical matters.
He confirmed that staff at the nuclear plant rotated regularly and added that Russian experts had arrived at the site a few days ago to assess the radiological situation there.
Earlier, Ukraine informed the IAEA that Russian military forces took control of the country’s largest nuclear power plant, with six reactors, on March 4.
“Its regular staff continued to operate the nuclear power plant and carry out their daily work, but its management is under the control of the commander of the Russian forces there, Ukraine said. Russian forces took control of another nuclear site in Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, on February 24,” the statement said.
In a phone call with General Manager Grossi on Saturday, Rosatom General Manager Alexey Likhachev confirmed that a limited number of company experts were present at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, but denied that Rosatom had taken operational control or that the plant was planned to be under Rosatom’s “management system”, the IAEA statement read.
Earlier, Ukrainian authorities told the IAEA that technicians had started repairing damaged power lines in a bid to restore power to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site which was completely cut off a few days ago. .
Ukrainian authorities reported that repair work had started on the evening of March 10 and that they had also repaired a section, but the offsite power supply was still cut, indicating that there was still damage. at other places. Repair efforts would continue despite the difficult situation outside the site of the nuclear power plant.
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