Energoatom restores Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant’s connection with IAEA

2 July, 05:02 PM
The occupiers seized Zaporizhzhya NPP at the beginning of March (Photo:Zaporizhzhya NPP)

The occupiers seized Zaporizhzhya NPP at the beginning of March (Photo:Zaporizhzhya NPP)

Ukrainian state nuclear enterprise Energoatom announced on July 1 that it had re-established contact with the International Atomic Energy Agency for the transmission of data from the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant through its own efforts, which was initially lost on June 29, the press service of the company said.  

Energoatom explained that ZNPP data is transmitted to the IAEA through the Vodafone carrier, whose disconnection in the town of Enerhodar, where the plant is located and which is under Russian occupation, temporarily made data transmission impossible. 

The enterprise notes that the occupiers have cut off all Ukrainian mobile operators in the city. 

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"Despite the fact that the mobile networks of domestic carriers still do not work, Energoatom has restored the connection between the ZNPP and the IAEA,” Energoatom wrote. 

“All mandatory monitoring data is being transmitted, and the Agency has confirmed their receipt.” 

Previously, it was reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency lost contact with the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant on June 29. 

The IAEA has not visited the Zaporizhzhya NPP since its seizure by Russian forces after the start of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation. IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that he is ready to organize and lead an international mission led by the agency to the ZNPP. 

Earlier, Grossi expressed concern about the conditions in which ZNPP personnel work and the impact of these conditions on plant safety. 

Energoatom said that the only acceptable way for the IAEA representatives to visit to assess the damage to the ZNPP is to insist on the withdrawal of Russian troops, tanks, and other heavy equipment, and the removal of Russian weapons and ammunition from the premises of the plant, as well as a policy of pressuring Russia with a demand for invaders to vacate its territory and the transfer of control over the ZNPP to the Ukrainian side. 

The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhya NPP was captured by Russian invaders on March 4 after heavy fighting in the city of Enerhodar. The buildings of the ZNPP were damaged by Russian shelling in several places, and the plant's employees were captured. At the end of April, the nuclear power plant fully resumed operation, although the Russian regime is trying to gain full control over the plant and asserts that Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear company, is now the owner of the plant.

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