IAEA Staff to Remain at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, Grossi Says

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) led by its Director General Rafael Grossi arrived at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in south Ukraine on September 1 to assess the plant’s security amid ongoing fighting.

The IAEA announced the delegation’s arrival at the plant at around 3 pm, saying they would “conduct indispensable nuclear safety and security and safeguards activities.”

Speaking outside, Grossi said he had completed a “first tour” of the “key areas” of interest inside the plant. The IAEA was establishing a “continued presence” at the plant, he said.

By 6 pm, Grossi and the majority of the delegation had left the plant, according to Energoatom, the state agency that operates Ukraine’s four nuclear power plants. Five members stayed and were expected to continue working at the plant until September 3, Energoatom said.

Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of carrying out damaging attacks at the plant, control of which Ukrainian forces have been aiming to reclaim, and of “methodically” destroying the nuclear plant’s infrastructure. Russia has rejected Ukraine’s allegations and in turn accused Ukrainian forces of repeatedly shelling the plant. Credit: IAEA/Rafael Grossi via Storyful

Video transcript

- We are finishing our long awaited visit, this operation nuclear power plant. I have just completed a first tour of the key areas that we wanted to see in this first approach to the whole facility. Of course there is a lot more to do. My team is staying on. And more importantly and most importantly we are establishing a continued presence from the IAEA here.

We are finishing our long awaited visit this operation nuclear power plant. I have just completed a first tour of the key areas that we wanted to see in this first approach to the whole facility. Of course there is a lot more to do. My team is staying on. And more importantly and most importantly we are establishing a continued presence from the IAEA here.

We are finishing our long awaited visit, this operation nuclear power plant. I have just completed a first tour of the key areas that we wanted to see in this first approach to the whole facility. Of course there is a lot more to do. My team is staying on. And more importantly and most importantly we are establishing a continued presence from the IAEA here.