14:57 19 Aug 2022

US calls for ZNPP demilitarization and return to Ukraine's control

Photo: Telegram/Enerhoatom

The zone of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) must be demilitarized, and the plant itself must be returned to the control of Ukraine.

US Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm said this in an interview with the Voice of America Ukrainian Service.

"We agree with demilitarization, and there should be no military action around the nuclear plant. Period. This is extremely dangerous. We are monitoring the situation very closely. There are sensors in the region that our scientists are monitoring. We strongly condemn what russia has done," said Granholm.

She emphasized that the nuclear power plant should be returned to the control of Ukraine, while it is necessary to ensure IAEA mission access to the nuclear power plant.

"We call on russia to return control to the Ukrainians. And all military operations near the station must stop," Granholm said.


According to information from Energoatom, the russian aggressors are preparing to stop the operation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and disconnect it from Ukraine's energy system.

The russian military seized the ZNPP on the night of March 4. Since then, military personnel and heavy equipment have been constantly stationed on the station's territory. At the beginning of August, the invaders also carried out a series of attacks on objects on the ZNPP's territory, and the station was mined.

The EU and 42 countries called on russia to immediately withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhzhia NPP and the entire territory of Ukraine.

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