Ukraine war: UN team leaves for Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant


An inspection team from the UN nuclear watchdog is on its way to Ukraine’s embattled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the organisation’s head said.
Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the team was expected to arrive at the plant later this week.

“We must protect the safety and security of Ukraine’s and Europe’s biggest nuclear facility,” he tweeted.

The nuclear plant has been occupied by invading Russian troops since March.

Fighting around the facility in Ukraine’s south-east has led to mounting global concern over the safety and security of the site.
Ukraine and Russia have accused one another of shelling the area.

Volodomyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, declared on Thursday that Europe was “one step away” from a nuclear calamity after the plant’s power supply briefly failed and backup generators had to take over.
According to him, fires destroyed the overhead power wires, turning off the facility for the first time ever.
Russia and Ukraine each laid the blame for the damage-causing strikes on the other. The BBC was unable to independently confirm who was at fault.
Early in March, the Russian military seized control of the plant, which is still being run under challenging circumstances by Ukrainian employees.
The IAEA’s visit will be significant in being able to confirm what is happening on the ground because the Kremlin had previously signaled that it would only allow international inspectors to visit the facility.
Before officially supporting a visit, Ukraine has expressed concern that an IAEA mission to Zaporizhzhia would validate Russia’s occupation of the nuclear plant.


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KYIV: A U.N. team visited. The head of the IAEA announced that a nuclear monitor was on its way to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor on Monday as Russia and Ukraine traded allegations of shelling the area around the plant, escalating worries about a radiation disaster.
Six months after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, which was taken over by Russian forces in March but is now governed by Ukrainian personnel, has become a flashpoint in a battle that has devolved into an attrition war fought primarily in the country’s east and south.
The crew is anticipated to arrive at the plant later this week, according to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi.
The largest nuclear facility in Europe and Ukraine must be kept safe and secure, he said.
Since March, Russian forces have been occupying the nuclear power plant.
Fighting around the plant in the southeast of Ukraine has raised concerns about its security and safety throughout the world.

 

 

 

 


REFERENCES:

YOUTUBE VIDEO: A nuclear crisis? Shelling and militarization at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant | Ukraine latest

https://www.todayonline.com/world/iaea-mission-heads-ukraines-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-near-war-frontline-1978976

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62710530


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