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It has been reported that Russian officials have arrived at Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, demanding control of the facility, according to a statement by Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power company.
For more than a week now, the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power station has been occupied by Russian forces, with Energoatom earlier claiming that its employees are being forced to work at gunpoint.
According to reports by the Russian atomic energy company Rosatom, 11 people arrived at the facility on Friday and a representative of the group said that the facility was now under the control of Rosatom.
According to a representative of this group, they were sent to assess nuclear and radiation safety at the reactors after the shelling and seizure of the reactors, in addition to providing assistance with repairs, according to the statement.
According to the ZNPP, another reason for their appearance was the refusal of the Ukrainian leadership and ZNPP personnel to cooperate with the invaders,” it added.
According to the statement, two engineers of top-level rank from the Balakovo and Rostov nuclear power plants in Russia were among the 11 Russians who arrived on Friday.
Despite the fact that all six units at the plant are currently operating, a statement released by the station said that the station management is obligated to agree on all technical issues with the Russians.
In a Saturday statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that two of the plant’s four high-voltage offsite power lines have been damaged, but that the amount of power the plant needs to keep operating safely can be provided with just one of the lines.
Rosatom has not commented on the matter.