Without the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops and personnel from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, any initiatives aimed at restoring nuclear safety are doomed to failure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday during a meeting with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi. The Director General of the IAEA, who is in Ukraine, is to visit the power plant in Zaporizhia.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced on his website that he met with Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, at the Dnipro hydroelectric power station, northeast of the Zaporozhye power station.
Zelensky told Grossi that the personnel of the Zaporozhye plant is under constant pressure from the Russian occupation forces, which do not comply with safety rules and interfere with technological processes.
Zelensky: nuclear power plant held hostage
“Without the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops and personnel from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the adjacent areas, any initiatives aimed at restoring nuclear safety are doomed to failure,” the president said. Ukraine.
“Holding a nuclear power plant hostage for more than a year is certainly the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of European or global nuclear energy,” he added.
Talks on the protection of the power plant in Zaporizhia
In a tweet posted on Monday Rafael Grossi wrote that he and Volodymyr Zelensky had a conversation about protecting the plant and its staff.
He added that he confirmed his full support IAEA for the Ukrainian nuclear facilities and recalled that he had repeatedly called for the creation of a safety zone around the power plant in Zaporizhia. He also said he would visit her again in the coming days.
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