The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to establish a permanent mission at the Zaporozhie nuclear power plant, the entity’s director general, Rafael Grossi explained.
Grossi issued his statements prior to the departure of the delegation of 14 IAEA experts, who departed Kiev bound for the nuclear plant, in the southeast of the country.
Grossi argued that they are aware of being on their way to a combat zone, something that ‘requires explicit guarantees, not only from Russia but also from Ukraine. We have been able to ensure that,’ he said.
He also explained that for now, the IAEA mission plans to spend a few days at the plant, where it will focus on the task of evaluating real situations and helping to stabilize the crisis as much as possible.
For his part, the representative of the interim Administration of Zaporozhie, Yevgueni Balitski, told the Russian agency Interfax that the visit of the organization was scheduled to take one day, during which the experts would inspect the operation of the plant.
“For now the declared objective is to catch up with the operation of the plant. For us, it is an imprecise notion,” the official said.
The civic-military administration of the city denounced that prior to the arrival of the IAEA delegation, the Ukrainian military launched more than 60 attacks against the city of Energodar and the nuclear power plant and its adjoining territories in the last 24 hours.