An IAEA team en route to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant | War in Ukraine

IAEA team en route to Zaporizhia nuclear power plant | War in Ukraine

Last week, numerous shellings targeted the perimeter of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine.

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Monday morning that he was on his way to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, the target in recent weeks of strikes raising fears of the risk of a major accident.

The day has come, the IAEA mission to Zaporizhia is now on its way. We must protect the security of Ukraine and Europe's largest power plant, wrote Rafael Grossi on Twitter, adding that the mission would arrive later this week.

In a photo accompanying his message, the head of the IAEA poses with a team of about ten people, wearing caps and vests with the logo of the UN body.

M. Grossi had been asking for several months to be able to go to the site, warning of the real risk of nuclear disaster.

The Zaporizhia power plant, where six of the fifteen Ukrainian reactors are located, was taken by Russian troops in early March, shortly after the invasion began on February 24, and is near the front line in the south.

Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of carrying out shelling near the complex, near the town of Energodar on the Dnieper River, and thus endangering the site.

The Ukrainian operator Energoatom warned on Saturday of the risk of radioactive leaks and fires after new strikes.

In recent weeks, Zaporijia crystallizes the concerns of Westerners. The UN has called for an end to all military activity in the surrounding area.

Initially, Ukraine feared that such a visit would legitimize the Russian occupation of the site in the eyes of the international community before finally supporting the idea of x27;an IAEA mission.

Faced with this dangerous situation, President Volodymyr Zelensky had urged the UN nuclear policeman on Friday to send a team as soon as possible .

Between Thursday and Friday, the plant and its six reactors of 1000 megawatts each were completely disconnected from the national grid due to damage to the power lines, according to Kiev, before x27;be reconnected and restarted.

Vladimir Putin accepted the organization of a mission passing through Ukraine and not through Russia, which that he previously demanded, the French presidency announced in mid-August following a telephone interview between Emmanuel Macron and the Russian president.

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