Ukraine, IAEA inspectors arrived at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Grossi: “Physical integrity of the plant has been violated”

Ukraine, IAEA inspectors arrived at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Grossi: “Physical integrity of the plant has been violated”
Ukraine, IAEA inspectors arrived at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Grossi: “Physical integrity of the plant has been violated”
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“The physical integrity of the power plant” in Zaporizhzhia, occupied by the Russians, “Has been violated”. This was stated by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, referring to the conditions in which the nuclear plant would be found after the inspection which took place today. Grossi, meanwhile, has left the Zaporizhzhia. “Starting at 6 pm on September 1, 2022, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, left the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Most of the delegation members left the station with him, ”he said Ukrinform. Currently they remained in the plant 5 representatives of the mission that are unloading the equipment they have brought and will continue to work in the plant. After an initial back and forth with Russia asking for the mission to last just one daythe director general of the UN agency managed to obtain an extension till Saturday.

THE DAY – It was a field day, that of the IAEA visit to Zaporizhzhia, marked by fierce fighting between Russians and Ukrainians. Despite this, the UN technicians managed to arrive at the nuclear power plant and start the inspection after a delay of nearly three hours caused by the clashes that occurred in the areas that officials had to cross to reach the site. The mission “will be limited to the visit of Energodar and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, ”he said Vladimir Rogovmember of the pro-Russian local regional administration, quoted by Ria Novosti. International experts, therefore, have no plans to visit other cities in the region.

The inspection was immediately confirmed despite the escalation of fire, as Grossi had pointed out: the mission is aware of the“Increased military activity in the area” – he had said this morning -, but that he will go on as planned to reach the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzia and meet the staff.

Although the technicians have only been inside the plant for a few hours, they would have already collected important information. The general manager Grossi, in fact, specified that the mission was successful “Collect a lot of important information in a few hours of work” at the plant, as reported by Ria Novosti.

The integrity of the plant, however, remains very precariousdespite the Russian Foreign Minister, Serghei Lavrov – which he said he expected “impartiality” mission – has ensured its commitment to guaranteeing the safety of UN technicians. The Minister of Energy of Kiev Herman Halushchenkoin fact, he told the Cnn than Ukraine is not able to guarantee the safety of the mission, stating that the situation around the plant remains “a mess”. Halushchenko then explained that he clearly told the IAEA director general that security was “Their responsibility” and Grossi proved to be “convinced in taking the risk”.

EXCHANGE OF CHARGES Military operations on the territory, however, have been underway since the early hours of dawn. The town of Energodar has been under Russian artillery fire from 5 am local time (4 am in Italy) with helicopters, cannons and multi-launch missile systems: the head of the military administration of the Nikopol district announced this on Telegram, Yevhen Yevtushenkoquoted by Ukrinform.

The Russian news agency Interfax instead reported that the military action was the response to the presence of a Ukrainian assault team that would have tried to land in the area to prevent the inspection of the plant: “Around 6 am today (5 am in Italy), two Ukrainian army sabotage groups for up to 60 people, aboard seven boats, landed on the shore of the Kakhovka reservoir, three kilometers north-east of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, and tried to take control of the power plant, “the ministry said. of the Russian Defense. “Four artillery shells (Ukrainians, ed) exploded 400 meters from the first reactor ”of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Russian Defense communiqué reads.

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The tension in the area, therefore, remains skyrocketing. Because of the clashes, in fact, it was decided to turn off reactor 5: according to Energoatom the reactor stopped working automatically at 4:57 (3:57 in Italy) “After an attack by Russian troops”but the head of the administration appointed by Moscow in Zaporizhzhia, Volodymyr Rogov, said instead that the reactor was shut down following the Ukrainian artillery shells, as reported by the Tax

Russia has requested a meeting of the UN Security Council for September 6 on the alleged bombing by Ukraine on the plant. This was stated by the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Headquarters, Dmitry Polyanskiy, stating that the request comes “in light of the continuous bombing of the plant by Ukraine and the reckless attempt by the Kiev regime to derail the visit of the Aiea mission”. Moscow asked that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, also attend the meeting.

Also in the rest of theUkraine we continue to fight. Russian forces launched Grad missiles against a school, residential buildings and infrastructure in the village of Pechenihylocated in the Chuhuiv district, in the region of Kharkiv. He made it known on Telegram Oleksandr Husarovhead of Pechenihy village, quoted by the Ukrinform news agency, adding that there are civilians injured and a fire broke out in an apartment building.

Meanwhile, the Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived to visit Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave located between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea. Among the scheduled appointments, a visit to the military school and a meeting with the governor. This was reported by TASS, adding that the main topic under discussion should be the transit of goods by land from other Russian regions through the territory of Lithuania, subject to limitations due to EU sanctions against Moscow. Kaliningrad, which is also home to Russian nuclear weapons, is the headquarters of the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet.

The article is in Italian

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