Russia comments on IAEA nuclear plant report

IAEA failed to identify who was shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and proposed an unworkable solution, Russia’s UN envoy said

Russia comments on IAEA nuclear plant report

Russia comments on IAEA nuclear plant report

Moscow’s UN envoy is disappointed at the IAEA’s refusal to say who is shelling Zaporozhye and its proposed solution

It is regrettable that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would not identify the culprit for the shelling of the Zaporozhye power plant, while its proposal to demilitarize the facility is “not serious,” Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said on Tuesday. 

publicly admitted to targeting nearby Energodar.

“I cannot make that determination,” Grossi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “We do not have the means to do that. As you know, you would need to be looking or monitoring the military operation in the region and all its vastness, which is not only beyond the mandate of the IAEA, but would require enormous capabilities.” 

“monstrous attempt” to capture the power plant during the IAEA team’s visit.

Grossi’s proposal to demilitarize Zaporozhye is “not serious,” Nebenzia told journalists in New York, explaining that Russian troops are providing security to the plant and withdrawing them would allow Ukraine to seize it.

“It is not militarized, anyway,” the Russian envoy to the UN said, adding that “there is no artillery there, only trucks used to transport the guards” who protect the facility. The IAEA report mentioned this as well.

“not engage in military activities” in and around the nuclear power plant.

“demilitarization” but something “more modest,” calling it a “nuclear safety and security protection zone” that would get a “commitment from all sides to avoid any aiming at the plant, any shelling at the plant.”

“abdicated its duty” and “turned a blind eye” to the Ukrainian shelling, even after being presented with exhaustive evidence of Kiev’s culpability, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporozhye civilian-military administration, told RIA Novosti.