Russia plans to supervise Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after annexation

    WORLD  05 October 2022 - 16:40

    Russia plans to supervise operations of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after formally annexing the wider Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine this week.

    "The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is now on the territory of the Russian Federation and, accordingly, should be operated under the supervision of our relevant agencies," the state-owned RIA news agency reported on October 5, quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin as saying.

    Russia captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in early March shortly after invading Ukraine, but Ukrainian staff had continued to operate it. Both Moscow and Kyiv have since accused each other of shelling the facility, risking a nuclear disaster, according to Reuters.

    It was not clear how Russia planned to operate the plant and if it would try and introduce its own staff to the complex.

    In the meantime, Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, will visit Moscow in the coming days to discuss the situation at the plant.

    Russia acted to annex Zaporizhzhia and three other regions after holding what it called referendums – votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive. Moscow does not fully control any of the regions.

    Caliber.Az




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