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Rafael Grossi < p>The buildings of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant were damaged by shelling, said the head of the International Atomic Agency, Rafael Grossi. The video in which he answers questions from journalists is posted on the Telegram of the Ukrainian Energoatom.
“It is obvious that the nuclear power plant, its physical shell was destroyed in several places. Accidentally, intentionally— we cannot evaluate it. But this is reality, — said Grossi.
According to him, the destruction of the station should not continue, regardless of what political views both sides profess.
“I have seen a lot. <…> Went to indoor units. He inspected emergency systems, diesel generators, block control panels in several power units and other elements. We chose a few key areas that I was able to carefully examine,— told Grossi.
According to him, IAEA experts will remain at the station until September 4-5 to collect more technical information about its condition and prepare an inspection report. “After that, we plan to form something like a permanent representation of the IAEA at the plant, so that experts give us a constant, objective assessment of what is happening at the plant,” — informed Grossi.
Also, according to him, he met with residents of Energodar and station workers, whom he informed that the IAEA would not leave them without support. Grossi added that the IAEA experts intend to stay at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to observe the developments.
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Since the end of February, the nuclear power plant, located in the city of Energodar on the banks of the Dnieper, has been under the control of Russian forces, but formally it is still run by employees of the Ukrainian Energoatom.
Since mid-July, the military-civilian administration of Energodar has been reporting almost daily about shelling of the station by the Ukrainian military. Kyiv, in response, blames Moscow for the shelling.
IAEA experts arrived at the nuclear power plant the day before, on September 1, they arrived at the nuclear power plant through Kyiv. The IAEA plans to assess the state of the station and the risks to its safety. On the day of the arrival of the delegation, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on the landing of Ukrainian troops on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir near the nuclear power plant, as well as shelling of the territory of the station and the meeting place of the IAEA delegation. The department called it a provocation by Kyiv aimed at disrupting the visit of the IAEA staff.
According to the head of the military-civilian administration of Energodar Alexander Volga, after the experts arrived at the station, shelling from Ukraine did not stop, but their intensity decreased. Also, according to him, shelling of the residential sector of the city has rolled over.
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