Russia has controlled the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant since March.
The Russian military has deployed missile launchers at the site of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant — in southern Russia. #x27;Ukraine and under Russian control since the beginning of March – thanks to which it is pounding the Nikopol region in particular, the boss of Energoatom, the Ukrainian operator, said on Friday.
Russian occupiers have installed missile firing systems on the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and are striking the Nikipol district from there, Petro Kotin, chairman of Energoatom, told Telegram after an interview televised on Ukrainian channel United News.
The situation [at the plant] is extremely tense and the tension is increasing day by day. The occupiers are bringing their machinery there, including missile systems with which they have already struck across the Dnipro River and into Nikopol Territory, 80 kilometers southwest of Zaporizhia, it said. he said.
According to him, up to 500 Russian soldiers are still at the plant site. They control the site, he assured.
Heavy equipment [tanks, armored vehicles], occupants and trucks loaded with weapons and explosives remain parked on the site of the power plant, assured Petro Kotin, considering insufficient pressure to make them leave and particularly criticizing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The IAEA plays political games, oscillating between Russia and the Ukraine, he stressed. The IAEA has plenty of employees from Russia, he added, citing the figure of around a hundred and even the first deputy to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi is from Russia .
Maybe that determines their reserved position, he said.
According to the IAEA website, Rafael Grossi has six deputies, including Russian Mikhail Chudakov , appointed in 2015. The organization says it employs 2,500 people from more than 100 countries.
Rafael Grossi insisted on Thursday, according to a press release, on the importance that the #x27;IAEA can visit the plant in order to carry out essential security, safety and protection operations for Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant.
The Agency has been unable to visit since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
The Ukrainian authorities oppose such a visit, considering that it would legitimize the Russian occupation of the site in the eyes of the international community, Energoatom argued several weeks ago.
The site is occupied by Russian forces but Ukrainian personnel continue to operate it, the statement said, citing an extremely difficult situation due to constant pressure on personnel.< /p>
Rafael Grossi reiterated his growing fears about the conditions in which these employees find themselves and the impact of such conditions on the safety and security of the plant.
In 2021, the plant supplied 20% of Ukraine's annual electricity production and 47% of that produced by the Ukrainian nuclear fleet.