Presidential advisor confirms Ukraine has not received details of IAEA visit

5 September, 12:54 PM
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)

Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has yet to supply Ukraine with a detailed report on the state of cooling systems and the captive personnel at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Sep. 4.

“We haven’t seen any of that in the report,” said Podolyak.

“It’s more important for IAEA to conduct a proper technical, engineering audit of ZNPP – as opposed to a peacekeeping mission.”

According to Podolyak, it should involve a number of experts in the fields of nuclear physics and engineering, who could “shadow” Ukrainian employees at the power plant.

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Nevertheless, the official did welcome a permanent IAEA presence at the facility.

“Russian troops there don’t understand what’s going on, they can’t properly assess the risks involved (with a military occupation of the power plant),” he added.

“Our employees there need some kind of protection, for international inspectors to stand by and ensure personnel is not bothered (by enemy troops).”

A delegation of 14 IAEA experts arrived at Russia-occupied ZNPP on Sep. 1. After spending several hours at the facility, part of the delegation departed. Five agency experts remain at the power plant, setting up monitoring equipment. IAEA head Rafael Grossi said later the agency will establish a permanent presence at ZNPP.

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