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IAEA conducts personnel rotation at Zaporizhzhia NPP

IAEA conducts personnel rotation at Zaporizhzhia NPP Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The International Atomic Energy Agency conducted a personnel rotation at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant today, December 5th. The rotation involved Ukrainian military personnel, according to Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, the commander of the operational-strategic grouping of troops Tavria.

"On December 5, 2023, there was another personnel rotation of the International Atomic Energy Agency's continuous monitoring mission at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is temporarily occupied by Russian forces," wrote Tarnavskyi.

He has noted that the IAEA mission has been operating at Zaporizhzhia NPP since September 2022.

At the same time, Oleksandr Savenko, the chief of the Civil-Military Cooperation Department of the Operational Command South Tavria, has explained that Ukrainian troops are responsible for facilitating the rotation of IAEA experts. According to him, this involves ensuring a ceasefire regime on the front line, demining the area if necessary, and facilitating the unimpeded movement of mission representatives.

Situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant was occupied by Russian soldiers almost from the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Enemy soldiers regularly provoke incidents in the vicinity of the plant. Specifically, they have repeatedly shelled the Zaporizhzhia NPP and attempted to blame Ukrainian defenders.

Recently, near the plant, IAEA experts documented the operation of Russian multiple-launch rocket systems.