IAEA reports tons of plutonium and enriched uranium at Zaporozhye NPP

Experts want to make sure that the 30 tons of plutonium and 40 tons of enriched uranium stored at the nuclear power plant in Russian-controlled Energodar “have not been used for other purposes”

Specialists of the International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA ) want to visit the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Russian-controlled Energodar, which stores 30 tons of plutonium and 40 tons of enriched uranium, IAEA Director General Mariano Grossi said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. His words are given on the agency's website.

“The IAEA is keen to visit the Ukrainian Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian troops, to make sure that the 30,000 kg of plutonium and 40,000 kg of enriched uranium stored there have not been used for other purposes,” — Grossi said, emphasizing that the use of nuclear weapons is “unthinkable.”

He added that the agency is focused on preventing possible accidents related to an attack on a nuclear power plant or the release of radioactive materials.

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Zaporozhye NPP— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity. In early March, a fire broke out near the nuclear power plant. As the Russian Ministry of Defense later claimed, on the night of March 4, “Ukrainian sabotage groups” attacked a patrol of the National Guard. The servicemen were fired from small arms from the windows of the training complex located outside the power plant, the Russian servicemen repulsed the attack, the department said. Leaving the building, “saboteurs” it was set on fire, they claimed there. According to the Ministry of Defense, the radiation background was normal. The station equipment was not affected, the IAEA said at the time.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the taking of the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant under control at the end of February. In mid-May, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin announced that the work of the Zaporizhzhya NPP would be reoriented towards Russia. At the same time, the authorities, according to him, are ready to supply electricity to Ukraine for money.

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