The Russian nuclear authority Rosatom has spoken out in favor of a protection zone around the occupied Zaporizhia power plant in southern Ukraine. However, the conditions do not match what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had previously demanded. There would have been some discussion about that already.
“We believe in it, we need it, the parameters are clear and there was a meeting with Rafael Grossi (head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA),” Russian agency chief Alexei Likhachev said on Thursday. Moscow wants to set the conditions for this itself.
According to this statement, the Ukrainian army is not allowed to shoot at the area or try to recapture it. “In return, it is clear that Russia is not stationing offensive weapons and troops there, but is only using resources for physical protection and surveillance of the facility,” Likhachev said. These requirements differ significantly from the IAEA experts who examined the plant for damage. Both this and the Ukrainian side called on the Russian army to withdraw completely from the power plant.
Kiev and Moscow have been accusing each other of shelling the Zaporizhia facility for months. According to Rosatom’s director, all electrical wiring around the nuclear facility has already been damaged. Shutting down the reactor would only provide “relative safety”. he warned.
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