The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine believes that all IAEA efforts must be directed toward achieving de-occupation, and demilitarization of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, as well as ensuring that Ukraine regains control of the facility.

That’s according to MFA Ukraine’s spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko.

“The only way to ensure the nuclear safety and security of the Zaporizhzhia power plant is its de-occupation, demilitarization and return to Ukrainian control. All IAEA efforts must be focused on achieving this goal. Anything short of this won’t make Russia stop its dangerous game,” Nikolenko tweeted on Monday, September 13.

As reported, ZNPPP, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has remained captured by the Russian military since March 4. Since then, the invaders have been placing military equipment and ammunition on plant’s premises, as well as shelling the surrounding area.


On September 6, the IAEA released a report on its mission’s work at the ZNPP. The document has confirmed cases of Russia deploying military equipment on the plant’s premises, including in the engine rooms of its power units.

On September 9, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi called for the creation of a nuclear and physical security zone around the ZNPP.

On September 12, Grossi said his proposal implies that no party attacks or shells the plant, adding that it does not involve broad demilitarization or movement of troops.

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