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Grossi called for the urgent creation of a nuclear safety zone at the ZNPP.

Grossi called for the urgent creation of a nuclear safety zone at the ZNPP.

The situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant shows the need to create a nuclear safety zone there, consultations with both sides have been activated, said Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“The situation at the Zaporozhye NPP highlights the urgent need to establish a nuclear safety zone on the site. I have intensified my consultations with both parties and look forward to your continued active support in achieving this important measure without further delay,” Grossi said on Monday, speaking at the opening of the session of the Board of Governors of the IAEA.

The text of his speech was published by the agency on its official portal.

Zaporozhye NPP is located on the left bank of the Dnieper near the town of Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity – the plant has six power units with a capacity of 1 gigawatt each. Since March, it has been under the protection of the Russian military. The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that this step was justified in order to avoid leakage of nuclear and radioactive materials.