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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a close-up view of the nuclear facilities in Chernobyl, Ukraine, Thursday, March 10. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies)

Repairs to Chernobyl’s electrical system, damaged in a Russian attack on March 9, are underway as the nuclear power plant now depends on external diesel generators to keep its reactors running, the International Energy Agency said on Saturday. atomic energy (IAEA).

Alexey Likhachev, director general of Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom, told the IAEA that additional fuel arrived on March 11.

Ukraine’s Energoatom nuclear power plant operator told the IAEA that Chernobyl’s 211 staff and guards “have still not been able to rotate, in fact living there since the day before the takeover by Russian forces”.

“[IAEA] Chief Executive Grossi has repeatedly stressed the urgent need to ensure they can rest and rotate properly, saying this is also vital for the safe and secure operation of nuclear power. “, the IAEA said in a statement.

Regarding the situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (NPP), Ukraine said the site remains under Russian control and that Moscow plans to take “full and permanent control” of it. He also said that 400 Russian soldiers are “present full time” at the site.

Russia said experts were present at the Zaporizhzhya plant but denied that it “has taken operational control” or plans to assume permanent management of the site, according to the IAEA.

The power supply to this plant remains unchanged, despite damage to two of its four power lines, the IAEA said.

The IAEA added that eight of Ukraine’s 15 reactors are still in operation, “including two at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, three at Rivne, one at Khmelnytskyy and two in southern Ukraine” and that “radiation levels remain normal”.

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