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Russian Armed Forces ensure safe rotation of IAEA personnel at Zaporozhye NPP

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« Representative of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Protection Forces, Sergei Maltsev, reported that the Russian Armed Forces ensured safe rotation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission’s observers at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP) on Thursday.

Footage shows military personnel meeting IAEA staff and escorting them to the nuclear power plant.

« Another anniversary rotation of IAEA experts to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is scheduled for today. A ceasefire regime has been declared from 06:00 to 19:00 in the area of the bridge and within a radius of one kilometre. The Russian side guarantees the safety of IAEA experts, » Maltsev stated.
On the same day, the Russian Defence Ministry said that the Russian military managed to ensure the safe passage of the IAEA experts ‘despite the AFU’s provocation’.
« During the crossing, the Ukrainian side attempted to discredit the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as a guarantor of the security of the rotation by using munitions simulating explosions on the route of the inspectors, » the ministry added.
Meanwhile, the commander of the Ukrainian ‘Tavria’ group of forces, Oleksandr Tarnavskyi accused Russia in his Telegram channel of discrediting the AFU and said that Ukrainian engineers had defused ‘five Russian anti-personnel mines on the way of the mission’.
Both Russia and Ukraine have repeatedly accused each other of striking the ZNPP since it came under Russian control in March 2022.
In September 2022, the IAEA’s board of governors adopted a resolution calling on Russia ‘to stop all actions against the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant and any other nuclear facility’ in Ukraine.
Zelensky called the move ‘important’ and stressed that it was necessary to demilitarise the plant and ‘immediately withdraw all Russian military from there’.
Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to the IAEA, called the document ‘anti-Russian’ and said it was drafted ‘unprofessionally’.
On September 30, 2022, President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign documents allowing the accession of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and LPR (Lugansk People’s Republic), as well as the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye, to the Russian Federation.
According to Moscow, it followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.
Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory.
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