10:39 01.04.2022

IAEA consulting on sending mission to Chornobyl NPP

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IAEA consulting on sending mission to Chornobyl NPP

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in close consultations with the Ukrainian authorities on the dispatch of the Agency's first mission to the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the coming days to provide assistance and support, the IAEA said on Friday night, citing Director General Rafael Grossi.

"The IAEA has not been able to confirm reports of Russian forces receiving high doses of radiation while being in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. The IAEA is seeking further information in order to provide an independent assessment of the situation," the press release said.

According to it, Ukraine informed the IAEA that Russian troops, which have controlled the Chornobyl nuclear power plant since February 24, handed over control of the nuclear power plant to Ukrainian personnel in writing and sent two columns of troops towards Belarus.

"A third convoy had also left the city of Slavutych, where many of the Chornobyl NPP staff live, and moved towards Belarus. In addition, Ukraine reported that there are still some Russian forces on the Chornobyl NPP site but presumed that those forces are preparing to leave," the IAEA said.

As reported, the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management notified that there were no unauthorized persons at the site of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant on Thursday evening. The agency also noted that the so-called act of acceptance and transfer of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, which was drawn up by the occupiers before leaving, was signed by the plant workers under pressure.

According to Energoatom, Russian troops, leaving the territory of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, took with them representatives of the National Guard captured on February 24.

Grossi, after a visit to Ukraine on March 29-30, arrived in Kaliningrad on March 31 for negotiations with high-ranking representatives of the Russian authorities, and he will return to Vienna on April 1, where he will give a press conference.

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