IAEA to continue consultations to secure zone around ZNPP
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi stresses that security talks about ZNPP are still in process.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi announced on Monday that the organization will continue talks with both Russia and Ukraine this week in order to urgently establish a safety and security protection zone around the Zaparozhye nuclear power facility (ZNPP).
"Last week I had an opportunity to start consultations with Ukraine and with the Russian Federation on the urgent establishment of a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the Zaparozhye nuclear power plant. This is possible. This must be done. And I am ready to continue these consultations in both countries this week," Grossi said at the 66th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called on September 6 for the establishment of a security zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP) following Ukraine's latest offense.
The attack took place after Kiev's forces opened fire from artillery on the Russian-controlled city of Energodar.
As a result of the shelling, a power line in the vicinity of the ZNPP was damaged, which led to a temporary power outage, as well as instability in the water supply.
Authorities reported in a statement that a total of seven shells had hit the area of a training building on the NPP premises, one of which had caused a leak of fuel oil from a tank at a water delivery line at the ZNPP.
In light of these events, the IAEA said it would issue a report about the findings of the agency's mission to the ZNPP.
The report was published today and included a call by the IAEA to establish a security zone in order to prevent the casualty of a nuclear disaster.