IAEA mission to Zaporozhye NPP scheduled for next week

IAEA mission to Zaporozhye NPP scheduled for next week

Mission IAEA to Zaporozhye NPP is scheduled for next week

Zaporozhye NPP. August 22, 2022 (file photo)   IAEA mission to Zaporozhye NPP is scheduled for next week

The UN called on Russia and Ukraine to create a demilitarized zone around the nuclear power plant due to the risk of a radiation catastrophe

The New York Times reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA ) has gathered a group of 13 experts, who, headed by the agency's director general Rafael Grossi, intend to visit the Zaporozhye NPP next week.

During the night, Russian artillery shelled Ukrainian cities located across the river from the power plant. This was reported by local authorities on Sunday, noting that it exacerbated fears of a radiation catastrophe.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that Russian troops had turned the nuclear power plant into a military base, putting the entire continent at risk, and did not have the right to be there.

“The Russian military must get out of the NPP,” he tweeted.

Recall that Russia seized the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in March and has controlled it since then, although it continues to be serviced by Ukrainian technicians from Energoatom. Troops attacked residential buildings in the main city of Zaporozhye region, located about two hours from the nuclear power plant, and in the city of Orekhov.

The day after it took several hours to reconnect two reactor to the grid after the shelling, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Friday that the situation at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant remains “very risky.”

The UN called on Russia and Ukraine to create a demilitarized zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

The Ukrainian military's daily report reports that on the country's eastern front, Ukrainian troops have thwarted Russia's latest attempts to advance towards the cities of Slavyansk and Bakhmut. According to regional governors, the cities of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk in the Donetsk region were shelled by Russian troops during the night, but there were no reports of new casualties.