15:36 27 Nov 2022

Energoatom: There are signs of possible Russians’ withdrawal from Zaporizhzhia NPP

Publications began to appear in the Russian media about the possible transfer of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to the control of the IAEA, which may indicate Russian plans to leave the facility.

"There are some signs showing that they might be going to leave the Zaporizhzhia NPP. First of all, there have been a lot of publications in the Russian press saying that the Zaporizhzhia NPP could be left and handed over to the IAEA's control," Petro Kotin, president of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company "Energoatom" told TSN in an interview.

At the same time, he noted that there are currently no signs of the Russians leaving the captured plant. According to him, the invaders banned the ZNPP staff from going to the government-controlled territory.

Kotin also noted that IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi makes active efforts to create a safety zone around the ZNPP.

As reported, the Russian military captured the Zaporizhzhia NPP on March 4. The invaders have placed military equipment and ammunition in the plant's territory, shelling the surrounding area and the plant, destroying power lines, causing the plant's external power supply to be cut off, and blaming it on the Armed Forces.

Russians abduct and torture ZNPP staff. In addition, according to Energoatom data, the invaders started illegal construction in the plant's territory.


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