MOSCOW, 31 Aug — PRIME. The IAEA mission plans to spend several days at the Zaporizhzhya NPP, Rafael Grossi, head of the IAEA, told Reuters.
“Now we are finally moving after six months of hard efforts. We have a very important task there – to assess the real situation there, to help stabilize the situation as much as possible,” the agency quoted him as saying. He added that the mission plans to spend “several days” on the ground and noted that the mission was able to obtain guarantees from the parties.
“We are going to the war zone… for this we need clear guarantees not only from the Russian side, but also from Ukraine. We were able to ensure this,” Grossi said.
Reuters reported on Wednesday morning that an IAEA mission had moved out of Kyiv towards the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. According to Agence France-Presse, Grossi confirmed that the mission was on its way to the station.
Mikhail Ulyanov, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna, reported to RIA Novosti that the mission includes about a dozen employees of the IAEA secretariat who deal with issues of safeguards and nuclear safety. They are accompanied by a large team of UN staff dealing with logistics and security issues.