The Cabinet of Ministers said that everyone understands the importance of the demilitarization of the ZNPP and the safe operation of the facility.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to increase the mission’s presence at the Zaporozhye NPP.
This is reported on website government portal.
“By its actions at the Zaporozhye NPP, Russia has brought the whole of Europe to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. The safety of our nuclear facilities is one of the key challenges for everyone in the world,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
According to him, the Ukrainian side discussed the relevant issue with the President of France, the prime ministers of Japan and New Zealand, the foreign ministers of Great Britain, Germany and India, with the EU leadership, as well as with the head of the IAEA.
“Everyone understands the importance of the demilitarization of the Zaporizhzhya NPP and the safe operation of the facility. As one of the steps in this direction, the IAEA plans to increase its mission at the plant,” the prime minister explained.
The Ukrainian government is also working to organize international UN and EU missions to the Zaporozhye NPP.
Shmihal said that the occupying troops almost daily organize provocations and shelling of the ZNPP. They want to disconnect the largest nuclear plant in Europe from the Ukrainian power grid and continue using the plant as a military base.
“Therefore, it is so important that Russian troops be withdrawn not only from the Zaporizhzhya Zaporozhye NPP, but also from Energodar. A 30-kilometer security zone should be created,” the head of government summed up.
Situation at Zaporozhye NPP
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian military seized the ZNPP and the satellite town of Energodar on March 4. Russia refuses to create a demilitarized zone around the ZNPP, and its troops periodically fire at the nuclear plant and the area around it.
At the request of the Ukrainian authorities, the IAEA formed a mission to visit the power plant seized by the invaders. In early September, an IAEA mission visited the Zaporozhye NPP.
On September 2, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi announced that two of the organization’s experts would continue to work at nuclear power plants on a permanent basis.
On September 11, Energoatom reported that the 6th power unit of the ZNPP, the last one that worked, was disconnected from the power grid. He began to be transferred to a “cold” state. On September 12, it became known that ZNPP is connected to the Ukrainian power grid and receives the necessary energy to cool non-operating power units.