IAEA inspectors visit Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine amid shelling, shutdown
Friday, September 2, 2022
The power plant, Europe's largest nuclear facility, has been under Russian occupation since March and is an active combat zone. IAEA Director General said his team were conscious of "increased military activity in the area", but would proceed undeterred. The team's arrival was reportedly delayed by several hours due to shelling in and around the nearby city of .
Meanwhile, Russia'saccused Ukraine of a failed amphibious assault to wrestle control of the facility early yesterday.
According to Grossi, the team's mission is to "start immediately an assessment of the security and the safety situation", to eventually establish a permanent presence at Zaporizhzhia "to stabilize the situation, and to get regular, reliable, impartial, neutral updates of what the situation is there." In Vienna on Wednesday, Russia's IAEA representative said Moscow would welcome such a presence.
Several inspectors, including Grossi, have since left after seeing "key things", according to Russian state news agency Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian and international journalists were not permitted to accompany the inspectors.; Energoatom reports five team members are to remain until tomorrow. According to president
Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces were reportedly attacking supply lines around Russian-occupied cities, namelyin the country's south.
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