The Russians, resorting to manipulations, may prevent the IAEA mission from visiting key facilities to be inspected on the territory of the occupied ZNPP, the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, German Galushchenko, has said. Below is a full statement from the Ukrainian government.
The Minister noted that the Ukrainian side had discussed with the representatives of the mission the relevant list of objects, and these proposals almost completely coincided with the assessments of IAEA experts.
“The key thing is to make the Russians allow access to those objects that the mission aims to inspect. We understand that there can be manipulations: show some picture or make a route, where in fact the mission simply will not be able to see what is happening. And then, of course, it can cast doubt on the results,” he said.
German Galushchenko emphasized that the current format of the mission’s work was new. “As a rule, the missions took place after the fact of certain events at nuclear facilities. Today, the mission is taking place in advance in order to protect against the barbaric acts that Russia is committing at the ZNPP.”
The Minister emphasized the importance of the mission implementing a broader agenda in the new work format: “First of all, in addition to the purely technical function, the mission has to show the threats to nuclear safety posed by the presence of the Russian armed forces, weapons and heavy equipment on the territory of the NPP”.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Energy emphasized that the mission includes real experts in their field, who have considerable experience, and Ukraine appreciates their efforts aimed at ensuring the nuclear safety of not only our country, but the entire world.
The Ukrainian side expects that the results of the mission will be the de-occupation of the ZNPP, its return under the full control of Ukraine and further demilitarization of the territory around the plant, German Galushchenko reminded.