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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that it has received a list of equipment from Ukraine for the ‘safe and secure operation’ of its nuclear facilities during the ongoing conflict with Russia.
The equipment list includes various radiation measurement devices, protective materials, computer-related assistance, power supply systems and diesel generators.
IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said: “The IAEA has the technical expertise that is needed to support Ukraine in keeping its nuclear sites safe and secure.
“We will coordinate the implementation of the assistance that the IAEA and its member states will provide, including by delivering required equipment directly to Ukraine’s nuclear sites.
“The needs are great and I’m very grateful for the considerable support that our member states have already indicated they will make available for Ukraine.”
The IAEA said the list was submitted through its Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies (USIE).
Many of the agency’s member states are said to have expressed readiness to offer such assistance to Ukraine.
The IAEA added that its member states will be coordinated through the overall mechanism of the agency’s Response and Assistance Network (RANET).
Grossi said that the agency had already delivered initial equipment to Ukraine during his visit to the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) last month.
Last month, the Russian military reportedly destroyed a laboratory that manages radioactive waste at the Chornobyl nuclear power facility in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian state agency responsible for the Chornobyl exclusion zone said that the laboratory contained ‘highly active’ samples, including samples of radionuclides.
In a separate development, the IAEA has announced that staff at the Chornobyl nuclear facility were rotated on 19 April.
This was the third staff rotation at the facility since the start of the conflict.
Ukraine has informed the IAEA that staff are now being ‘regularly’ rotated at the plant according to plans.