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The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi decided to interrupt his vacation to speak at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, said Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna on the TV channel «Russia 24».
“I contacted colleagues from the [IAEA] secretariat. They confirmed that Mr. Grossi, realizing the significance of this event, I mean tomorrow's meeting of the Security Council, has apparently decided to cut short his vacation and, apparently, will make a report to the Security Council, — said Ulyanov.
The visit of the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP was agreed in June, but the trip was subsequently canceled due to the position of the Department for Safety and Security of the UN Secretariat (the IAEA is an organization in the UN system), the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
Zaporozhye NPP, located in Energodar,— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity. It has six VVER-1000 power units. The first was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth— in October 1995. The Russian military has been in control of its territory since February 28. However, Ukrainian operators still operate the station.
In July & August, both sides repeatedly reported shelling and damage to the nuclear power plant. The military-civilian administration of Energodar (under Russian control) claimed that on the night of August 6-7, the nuclear power plant was fired from a Uragan multiple launch rocket system. from Ukraine. According to her, in the affected area were a post for monitoring the radiation situation, a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel, and fragments and a rocket engine fell no more than 400 meters from the operating power unit.
The Russian Ministry of Defense warned that strikes on the territory of nuclear power plants could provoke a man-made disaster. The Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the USA) called on Russia to immediately transfer the Zaporizhzhya NPP under the control of Kyiv.
Russia demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council because of the shelling of the nuclear power plant, the meeting should take place on August 11.
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