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IAEA Director General Grossi arrives at ZNPP seized by Russian forces

15 June, 2023 Thursday
16:11

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi has begun his visit to the Zaporizhzhia NPP temporarily seized by Russian troops

On June 13, Rafael Grossi arrived in Ukraine to personally assess the situation at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. In Ukraine, Grossi met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the situation around the Kakhovka HPP.

It is known that Grossi's planned visit to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) was supposed to take place earlier. However, it was postponed due to the security situation.

IAEA response to the Kakhovka HPP explosion

On June 6, Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed the consequences of the Kakhovka HPP explosion and the risks for the ZNPP with the head of the IAEA and invited him to Ukraine. In response, Grossi stated that he would lead the organization's next mission to the ZNPP after the hydroelectric power plant was blown up by Russia.

Raffael Grossi later expressed concern that in two days, the ZNPP would no longer be able to receive water for cooling from the Kakhovka HPP reservoir. On June 8, the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir dropped by 2.8 meters to 14.03 meters, and the rate of loss slowed down to 5-7 cm/h. Grossi added that if the water level falls below 12.7 meters, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant will no longer be able to extract water from the reservoir for the site.

On June 9, it was noted that based on preliminary conclusions from IAEA experts, the Zaporizhzhia NPP should be able to pump water from the reservoir to cool the reactors even after the level drops below the critical 12.7 meters. At the same time, Director General Grossi announced an aid program for Ukraine in response to the flooding of the dam in Nova Kakhovka.

On June 12, Grossi expressed concern about the rapid decrease in water levels at Zaporizhzhia TPP following the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP. The IAEA is requesting access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to clarify the discrepancy in data regarding the water level at the blown-up Kakhovka dam, used for cooling the ZNPP reactors.

On June 12, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi was on his way to Ukraine to assess the situation at the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP and present an assistance program after the Kakhovka disaster.

On June 13, Rafael Grossi arrived in Ukraine to personally assess the situation at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

On June 15, it became known that Grossi was unable to enter the ZNPP on June 14 because Russia did not give security guarantees, but promised them “with a high degree of probability” on Friday.

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