A takeover and a restart at Zaporizhzhia


“The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi (pictured by IAEA), said he will engage in consultations with the relevant authorities following reports that Russia plans to supervise operations of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP),” according to the IAEA’s official website.

IAEA experts at the site “have also learnt that the ZNPP plans to restart one of its six reactors which are currently all in cold shutdown. Senior Ukrainian operating staff informed IAEA experts present at the ZNPP that preparations are under way to start unit 5 at reduced power to produce steam and heat for the needs of the plant.”

Grossi is currently traveling in the region and is expected to meet with Kremlin officials at some time in the near future, after a stop in Kyiv. He reportedly will “continue talks aimed at agreeing and implementing a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the ZNPP as soon as possible,” with both sides in the conflict.

Read the full IAEA statement.

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