Russian nuclear company sent experts to Zaporijia

Ukrainian authorities have informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom has sent a group of experts to Zaporijia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, in southern Ukraine.

According to a statement, the experts have “demanded daily reports from the management of the complex on ‘confidential matters’, such as the operation of the nuclear power plant, which covers aspects related to (…) maintenance and repair activities, security and access control and nuclear fuel management”.

The group was sent by Rosenergoatom, a subsidiary of the Atomenergoprom company, which is part of the Russian state nuclear group Rosatom, Ukrainian authorities said.

The statement also stressed that the personnel of the Zaporijia plant are “working under incredible pressure”, although they “continue to carry out their duties and maintain, as far as possible during the war, the security of nuclear facilities” in the country.

Russian forces have controlled the plant since March 4.

On Thursday, IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi admitted to being concerned about the Zaporijia plant, which the UN agency has not had access to since the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

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