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IAEA holds second rotation of its experts at Zaporozhye NPP – statement

A new group of four experts arrived at the nuclear power plant on November 3

VIENNA, November 4. /TASS/. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has carried out the second rotation of its team of experts deployed to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), the international regulator said in a statement.

"A new team of four experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) today to replace the four experts who had been on the site for the past four weeks," the international organization said on its website on Thursday.

The first rotation took place on October 7. On that day, the number of experts at the station was increased from two to four.

The Zaporozhye NPP, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, is located in the city of Energodar. Russian forces took control of the plant in March 2022. Since then, Ukrainian troops have been occasionally shelling Energodar’s residential neighborhoods and the power plant itself, using drones, heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems.

In early September, an IAEA mission led by Director General Rafael Grossi visited the facility. After the mission left the power plant, two of the agency’s staffers remained on the site. Later, the agency published a report calling for the establishment of a protection zone around the ZNPP in order to prevent a nuclear disaster caused by the ongoing hostilities.