IAEA visits Zaporizhia as attacks continue near nuclear plant


The head of the organization said a “support and assistance mission” from the International Atomic Energy Agency is “on its way” to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, with strikes near the facility continuing through Monday, according to Ukrainian officials.

Kyiv and Moscow have blamed each other for the attacks, which have sparked warnings in recent weeks of a potential disaster at Europe’s largest nuclear facility.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporozhye, known as ISAMZ, will be at the station “later this week”, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi chirp Monday. The announcement came after weeks of complex negotiations It includes Russia, Ukraine and the agency linked to the United Nations to allow experts into the facility, which is operated by Ukrainian workers but occupied by Russian forces.

Agency chirp A photo of the inspectors heading to Ukraine on Monday morning. They are due to arrive in Kyiv later that day, to me Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

Experts will aim to Assessment of any physical damage to the plantThe IAEA said it was assessing working conditions, carrying out “urgent safeguards activities” and ensuring that the facility’s safety and security systems were in good condition.

Russia announced on Monday that it would guarantee the security of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in Zaporizhia, and accused Ukraine of fueling insecurity there.

“We hope that the visit of the IAEA mission will dispel many speculations about the alleged unfavorable situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant,” Permanent Representative of Russia to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, told RIA Novosti state news agency. Ulyanov added that Russia “made a significant contribution” to the planning of the mission.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “security [in the Russian-held areas] It will be properly ensured,” adding that the inspectors are expected to arrive at the plant from the Ukrainian side.

The Zaporizhia plant, controlled by Russia since March, has been repeatedly bombed, raising fears of a European nuclear disaster. Grossi previously said that “any military action that threatens nuclear safety and security must stop.”

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The Kremlin stressed on Monday, however, that it was not ready to create a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhia factory. Ukrainian officials said towns near the factory were bombed late Sunday through Monday.

Ten people were injured, Sunday, including four factory workers, in the bombing that hit the city of Enerhodar, where the facility is located and where many of its workers live, according to the Ukrainian state nuclear energy company Energoatum.

Sunday’s bombing of Nikopol, across the Dnieper River from the factory, killed at least one person, wounded five, and cut off power to more than 2,600 families. according to To the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region Valentin Reznichenko.

Russia also bombed two regions northeast of Zaporizhia early Monday, causing a fire and damaging at least one apartment building, Reznichenko said.

In a speech Monday to French business leaders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of a potential disaster “six times greater than Chernobyl” – the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster – if the plant was bombed.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Monday that Ukraine It expects the IAEA mission to discover that Russia is jeopardizing the safety of the plant.

“We expect from the mission a clear statement of the facts of violation of all nuclear safety protocols,” Kuleba said during a press conference in Stockholm. he is Russia accused To put Ukraine and the rest of the world at risk of a “nuclear accident”.

Kuleba said the inspection of the station would be “the most difficult in the history of the IAEA, given the active combat activities of the Russian Federation on the ground.”

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The Group of Seven Non-Proliferation Directors welcomed the mission’s news and said in a statement that it remained “deeply concerned about the serious threat that the continued control of the Ukrainian nuclear facilities by the Russian armed forces poses to the safety and security of these facilities.”

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