"Everything is predicted.

Russia is deliberately shelling the corridors through which the IAEA mission can reach the Zaporizhia NPP.

All (corridors) to offer passage through the Crimea and certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Ukraine's position is unchanged.

Access only through the controlled territory of Ukraine.

Demilitarization of nuclear power plants.

Urgent withdrawal of Russian troops.

There are only Ukrainian personnel at the station," wrote

Mykhailo Padalyak

on his Twitter page.

On August 30, the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Kyiv.

It was planned that on August 31, the mission would be able to reach the Zaporizhia NPP in Energodar captured by Russia.

The decision to inspect the organization at the Zaporizhia NPP was approved immediately after two energy reactors came to an emergency stop as a result of shelling.

After a few hours, Ukrainian personnel were able to connect the units to the Ukrainian power system, but the danger of an emergency situation remains.

The IAEA mission is made up of representatives of neutral and Russia-friendly countries, including Serbia and China.

Representatives of the USA and Great Britain were not included.

Experts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) have drawn attention to the fact that the Russian side is manipulating public opinion by declaring that the Ukrainian side has shelled the ZANP.

The institute published new satellite photos, which show that Russian combat vehicles hidden on the site of the station are very close to the reactor body.

Satellite image of the Zaporizhia NPP, places where shells hit the roofs of buildings

The occupying authorities of the Zaporizhia region declared that they are ready to guarantee the safety of the IAEA mission and are ready to show who is actually shelling the station.

Russia also announced that several IAEA inspectors will remain at the Zaporizhia NPP even after the mission is completed.

The Ukrainian side expects that the IAEA mission will testify that Russia, having seized the nuclear plant, violated the nuclear safety protocols approved by this organization.

White House National Security Adviser John Kirby called on Russia to agree to the aging of the demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhia NPP.

At the same time, John Kirby indicated that he supports a controlled shutdown of the station.


"We continue to believe that the controlled shutdown of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant reactors will be the safest and least risky option in the near future," he added.

The main goals of the IAEA mission that came to Ukraine:

  • assess physical damage;

  • determination of functionality of security and protection systems;

  • evaluate the conditions of the personnel;

  • perform urgent protective measures.

The city of Energodar and the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, have been under the control of Russian troops since the end of February.

During the summer, Russia and Ukraine repeatedly accused each other of shelling a nuclear power plant and creating a threat to nuclear safety.

Russia also placed military equipment near the station.

Ukraine and Russia accused each other of shelling residential areas of Energodar on the evening of August 28.

The parties consider this a provocation on the eve of the visit of IAEA specialists.

9 deaths were reported as a result of the strikes.