“Atomic Energy” will increase its permanent presence at Ukrainian stations by 3 times

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is deploying experts to the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine has announced that in the next few days it will send teams in other Ukrainian nuclear sites, with the aim of tripling their number in future.

A statement released on Friday evening said the UN agency “will soon be deployed in permanently in all Ukrainian stations, including Chernobyl”.

The director general of the agency, Rafael Grossi, will travel in this country next week to start work on the new device.

The agency stressed that this decision “indicates a significant expansion” of its role after it had conducted limited missions since the start of the Russian war. in Ukraine on February 24th.

The Zaporizhia site, which is occupied by the Russian army and is very sensitive due to its proximity to the front line and is regularly bombed, has so far received only IAEA personnel and deployed “up to four” experts since September.

The agency stated that from now in then in Ukraine will be present “from 11 to 12 experts in any time” to “monitor the situation and inspect the equipment” as well as “provide technical assistance”.

In December, after a meeting with Grossi, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Schmygal announced these missions aimed at “guaranteeing security” to the country’s five stations, without specifying times or dimensions.

And in Zaporizhya, inspectors will also be deployed in Rivne, Khmelnitsky, Pevdnokrainsk and Chernobyl, which in 1986 witnessed the worst civilian nuclear accident in history.

During his visit, Grossi will also meet with senior Ukrainian officials as part of his efforts to establish a “safe zone” around the Zaporizhia plant.
He has been holding consultations on this matter with Kiev and Moscow for months, without yet reaching a result.

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