IAEA rotates observers at occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP in southern Ukraine
ZNPP (Photo: press service of Energoatom)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has rotated the staff of the permanent monitoring mission at the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP, reported the press service of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRI).

Since the start of the permanent monitoring mission of the IAEA in September 2022, this is already the eighth group of experts at the ZNPP.

SNRI notes that despite the constant presence of IAEA experts at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, the Russian occupiers are causing significant damage to the nuclear and radiation safety of the NPP, which significantly degraded during the occupation period.

Permanent monitoring missions of the IAEA also operate at the Khmelnytskyi, Rivne, Pivdennoukrayinska NPPs, as well as at the Chornobyl NPP, which is in the phase of decommissioning.

Ukraine has officially appealed to the IAEA with a demand to place observers at all Ukrainian nuclear power plants.

IAEA experts monitor the situation at Ukrainian nuclear power plants and document the impact of the war on the state of nuclear and radiation safety. The agency's specialists also conduct technical consultations with Ukrainian specialists, study priority needs at nuclear facilities for further technical assistance.

On March 10, the IAEA supported the re-election of Rafael Grossi for a second four-year term.

On March 29, the Director General of the IAEA visited the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP for the second time.

On April 19, the IAEA conducted unscheduled inspections at the Rivne and Khmelnytskyi NPPs.