The heads of Rosatom, the state-owned Russia atomic energy agency, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have met in Beijing and discussed the “issues related to the work of IAEA" at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), a statement released by Rosatom said.
According to the statement, the meeting took place in Beijing as Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev was part of the delegation accompanying Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on his trip to the Chinese capital.
Some context: Earlier this week Rafael Grossi, the IAEA chief, said the Zaporizhzhia plant was “extremely vulnerable” after external power had been lost. The plant has been occupied by Russian forces since March 2022.
“#Ukraine’s #ZNPP this morning lost all external electricity for 7th time during conflict, forcing it to rely on emergency diesel generators for power; nuclear safety situation at the plant extremely vulnerable. We must agree to protect plant now; this situation cannot continue,” Grossi said in a tweet on Monday.
Ukrainian energy company Ukrenergo announced in a statement later Monday that power had been restored.
According to Ukrenergo, the plant had been cut off from the grid after the high-voltage line that supplies it was one of those damaged by a Russian attack on the Dnipro region, to the north of Zaporizhzhia, in the early hours of the morning.
Earlier this month, Moscow ordered the evacuation of residents from Russian-occupied areas close to the nuclear plant, prompting the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to raise safety concerns and describing the situation as "increasingly unpredictable."