Moscow wants international monitoring mechanism at Zaporozhye facility, senior diplomat says
Russia is in talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on establishing a safe zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, a senior diplomat has said. Moscow has blamed Kyiv forces for constant shelling and warns of a potential disaster.
“In terms of setting up a physical and nuclear security zone at the plant, there must be international monitoring of the agreements,” Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s envoy to the international organization in Vienna, said on Friday.
“And it has to be effective, otherwise the [accord] would be just a blank sheet of paper. This is the question we are discussing with the IAEA secretariat.
The IAEA reported on Thursday that external power had been restored to the plant after the facility had to switch to emergency diesel generators again the day before. Although the watchdog did not blame anyone for the attacks, Ulyanov said on Thursday that the IAEA experts working on the spot were “well aware where the fire is coming from.”
Renat Karchaa, an adviser to Russian nuclear operator Rosenergoatom, said earlier that the radioactive waste storage and cooling system of one of the reactors had been hit over the weekend in what he described as an intensification of the bombings. Ukraine has previously denied targeting the facility.
The Zaporozhye plant was seized by Russian troops shortly after Moscow launched its military operation in the neighboring state in late February. The eponymous region, along with three other former Ukrainian territories, eventually joined Russia after holding referendums in September.
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