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Permanent IAEA expert mission launched at Khmelnytsky NPP

KYIV. Jan 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The permanent IAEA expert mission began its work at the Khmelnytsky NPP (KhNPP) on January 23, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine reported on its website on Tuesday.

"Last week, the same missions of the International Atomic Energy Agency were launched at the operating Pivdennoukrainska, Rivne nuclear power plants, as well as at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, which is at the stage of decommissioning," the inspection said.

At the Zaporizhia NPP, which is under the occupation of the Russian invaders, IAEA specialists have been working on a permanent basis since September 2022.

As the inspectorate said, a working meeting was held at the KhNPP with the participation of representatives of the IAEA, acting Head of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorat, the Chief State Inspector for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Ukraine Oleh Korikov, as well as Director General of the KhNPP Andriy Koziura. The parties expressed a common position that the main tasks of the mission are to maintain nuclear and radiation safety at Ukrainian nuclear facilities in the conditions of the war unleashed by Russia.

At the same time, Korikov, once again noted the importance of recording all the impacts on nuclear and radiation safety arising from Russian aggression, the inspectorate added.

As reported, the IAEA deployed its permanent expert missions to all Ukrainian nuclear power plants in response to an official request from the Ukrainian government.