MOSCOW, 8 Sep — PRIME. Kyiv could postpone the visit of the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP from August 31 to September 1 to prepare a military provocation, Renat Karchaa, adviser to the general director of the Rosenergoatom concern, said on Channel One.
“The visit of the IAEA delegation was supposed to take place a day earlier. It was on the initiative of Ukraine that, in fact, this visit was postponed for a day. There is every reason to believe that this postponement was not connected with some technical issues, but with the preparation of this very military provocation,” he said.
Karchaa clarified that on the night of September 1, a heavy downpour began, and it was under the cover of this downpour that Ukraine began a military provocation with shelling and an attempt to capture the nuclear power plant.
The expert noted that the provocation of Kyiv began around 03.30. “They hit the city, hit the station. At the same time, interestingly, civilian infrastructure facilities suffered in the city – they broke at least two kindergartens, they hit a school, they hit a residential sector,” the adviser said. The shelling continued until 11 am.
According to him, one should pay tribute to the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, who, anyway, at the head of the mission, moved from Kyiv towards the ZNPP and stopped in the area of the Alexandrovka intermediate point.
Karchaa also said that the Ukrainian authorities “attached” the MGATAE mission to a “tail” of Ukrainian and Western journalists, although their presence was not agreed upon.
On September 1, the Kyiv regime attempted a major provocation to disrupt the arrival of the IAEA working group at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Ukrainian artillery shelled the territory of the station and the meeting place of the IAEA mission with Russian specialists.
In addition, Ukrainian sabotage groups of up to 60 people were landed on the coast of the Kakhovka reservoir, 3 kilometers northeast of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. An attempt was also made to land tactical troops on self-propelled barges.
Russian troops blocked and destroyed the saboteurs, and also sank barges with Ukrainian troops.
The IAEA mission arrived at the Zaporozhye NPP, led by Grossi, on the same day. The head of the delegation of “Rosatom” and employees of the Zaporizhzhya NPP led the delegation of the IAEA through its territory and showed the sections of the station that were damaged during the shelling of Ukrainian troops. As Mikhail Ulyanov, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna, told RIA Novosti, two IAEA employees will remain at the Zaporozhye NPP on a permanent basis.