The link between Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, under Russian control since March, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been re-established. The link with the nuclear power plant had been lost on May 30, when the Russians had cut off the Ukrainian mobile phone operator in Energodar, in that area, with which the IAEA has a data transmission contract, said Ukrainian operator Energoatom. in a statement released on Saturday on the Telegram messaging service.
“Thanks to the joint efforts of Energoatom and Vodafone, on Friday, the link between the area’s nuclear material monitoring servers and the IAEA was re-established,” added Energoatom.
The IAEA also confirmed, in a statement published on the social network Twitter, that it was possible to restore “the transfer of data after a technical interruption of about two weeks”.
“But teletransmission does not replace the physical presence, at regular intervals, of the IAEA inspectors at the plants, to verify the nuclear materials”, said the director general of the agency, Rafael Grossi.
He also said that he was continuing efforts to organize a visit to the Zaporizhzhya power station, which Ukraine is opposed to as the region is under Russian occupation.
Kiev considers that a visit will “legitimize, in the eyes of the international community, the occupation of the place by Russian forces”, according to Energoatom.
In early March, Russian soldiers took control of this nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, separated by the waters of the Dnipro River from the regional capital Zaporizhzhya, still under Ukrainian control.
The clashes in the first days of the conflict raised fears of a possible nuclear catastrophe in the country where an accident occurred in 1986, in Chernobyl.
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