Vienna, 7 September 2022 (TDI): Rafael Mariano Grossi, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that a proposal to create a Nuclear Safety and Security Protection Zone (NSSPZ) in Zaporizhzhya was just presented to the United Nations Security Council by him.

Rafael Mariano Grossi further added that the UN has kept an eye on the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear plants ever since the conflict first broke out.

Hence, through the International Atomic Energy Agency Incident and Emergency Center (IAEAIEC), they have been interacting with Ukraine’s Regulatory Inspectorate and have also shared updated information online.

Aside from that, IAEA has a representation at the ZNPP through the Support & Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhya (ISAMZ), which will aid in stabilizing the situation.

Also, IAEA will be able to obtain immediate, accurate, and direct information while also being able to precisely monitor the situation on the scene.

Furthermore, experts from ISAMZ are working diligently and continuously to examine the actual damage to the plant’s facilities, determine the effectiveness of the primary and backup safety and security systems, assess the employment conditions of the workforce, and carry out safeguarding actions.

Moreover, the IAEA commends the workers at all of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities for their perseverance and tenacity in maintaining the facilities’ safe and secure operations throughout the crisis.

Additionally, IAEA claims that its technical strategy for providing safety and security support to Ukraine’s nuclear plants and operations is now concrete and in-depth.

Apart from that, they have kept up with the precautions IAEA has in place in Ukraine and have not discovered anything that would raise concerns about proliferation.