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IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said the situation in Ukraine is “unprecedented” and stressed that “safety and security of nuclear facilities, and nuclear and other radioactive material, in Ukraine must under no circumstances be endangered.” IAEA

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STORY: IAEA / UKRAINE
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DATELINE: 02 MARCH 2022, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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02 MARCH 2022, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, journalists gathered around Grossi
2. Wide shot, Grossi at dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The situation in Ukraine is unprecedented and I continue to be gravely concerned. It is the first time a military conflict is happening amidst the facilities of a large, established nuclear power programme, which in this case also include the site of the 1986 accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The safety and security of nuclear facilities, and nuclear and other radioactive material, in Ukraine must under no circumstances be endangered.”
4.Close up, Ukraine placard
5. Wide shot, journalists gathered around Ukrainian ambassador
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Despite the extraordinary circumstances of an armed conflict causing increasing challenges and dangers, Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants are operating normally. But while we may use expressions like “normal operations” in a technical context, I want to emphasise there is nothing normal about the circumstances under which the professionals at the four Nuclear Power Plants are managing to keep the reactors that produce half of Ukraine’s electricity working.”
7. Close up, Russian Federation placard
8. Med shot, Russian ambassador at meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“It is of critical importance that the armed conflict and activities on the ground around Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant and any other of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities in no way interrupts or endangers the facilities or the people working at and around them.”
10. Med shot, Russian ambassador
11. Wide shot, journalists gathered around Russian ambassador
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I enumerated a number of technical things, and I am sure you will be discussing these and other things. And I am going to be working hard on them as well. But, the best action to ensure the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities and its people would be for this armed conflict to end now.”
13. Wide shot, journalists gathered around Grossi

STORYLINE:

IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said the situation in Ukraine is “unprecedented” and stressed that “safety and security of nuclear facilities, and nuclear and other radioactive material, in Ukraine must under no circumstances be endangered.”

Addressing an IAEA Board of Governors meeting on Ukraine today (02 Mar), Grossi said he continues to be gravely concerned by the situation in Ukraine as this is the first time a “military conflict is happening amidst the facilities of a large, established nuclear power programme, which in this case also include the site of the 1986 accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant.”

The IAEA chief stressed that, despite the extraordinary circumstances of an armed conflict causing increasing challenges and dangers, “Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants are operating normally.” However, he said, “While we may use expressions like “normal operations” in a technical context, I want to emphasise there is nothing normal about the circumstances under which the professionals at the four Nuclear Power Plants are managing to keep the reactors that produce half of Ukraine’s electricity working.”

Grossi highlighted the importance of ensuring that the people who operate, regulate, inspect and assess the nuclear facilities in Ukraine can continue to do their indispensable jobs safely, unimpeded and without undue pressure.

Grossi said Russia informed the IAEA that its military forces have taken control of the territory around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, which is the country’s largest nuclear power plant. He said, “It is of critical importance that the armed conflict and activities on the ground around Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant and any other of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities in no way interrupts or endangers the facilities or the people working at and around them.”

The IAEA chief said he received a letter from the SNRIU, the Ukrainian nuclear regulator, requesting to extend immediate assistance to ensure the safety of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and other nuclear facilities in the country. He said he is conducting consultations in order to address this request for assistance.

Grossi said a nuclear accident can have a serious impact beyond the borders of the country in which it occurs, and the world is relying on the IAEA to keep it informed with accurate and timely information.

The IAEA underscored that the physical integrity of nuclear facilities, including reactors, fuel ponds, or radioactive waste stores, must be maintained, and all safety and security systems and equipment must be fully functional at all times.

He added that there must be secure off-site power supply from the grid for all nuclear sites and uninterrupted logistical supply chains and transportation to and from the sites. Grossi also said there must be effective on-site and off-site radiation monitoring systems and emergency preparedness and response measures, as well as reliable communications with the regulator and others.

The IAEA chief said, ““I enumerated a number of technical things, and I am sure you will be discussing these and other things. And I am going to be working hard on them as well. But, the best action to ensure the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities and its people would be for this armed conflict to end now.”
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