IAEA mission arrived in Zaporizhia, Ukraine | War in Ukraine

IAEA mission arrived in Zaporizhia Ukraine | War in Ukraine

International Atomic Energy Agency inspection mission arrived in Ukraine on Wednesday, August 31.

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection mission arrived in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia on Wednesday and will visit the nuclear power plant of the same name occupied by Russian troops.

The IAEA team led by the Director General of the organization, Rafael Grossi, was received the day before by President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv before heading to the plant early Wednesday morning , reported journalists on the spot.

This is a mission that seeks to avoid a nuclear accident and to preserve this important nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, Mr. Grossi told the press in the city of Zaporizhia, about 50 kilometers as the crow flies from the plant.

The 14 members of the mission, who are expected to spend a few days at the site, have an essential task to perform: to assess the situation there and contribute as much as possible to stabilizing it, Grossi said before the departure of the convoy.

The head of the local administration of the Zaporizhia region set up by Russia, for his part, told the Russian news agency Interfax that the inspectors of the IAEA will only have one day to carry out their work in the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) addressed the media in Kyiv before to take the road with his team to the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.

Rafael Grossi also reaffirmed his desire to reach an agreement to allow the presence of a permanent IAEA mission at the Zaporizhia plant.

“We're getting ready for the real work that starts tomorrow. We will try to establish a permanent agency presence from then on.

— Rafael Grossi, Director General of the IAEA.

The convoy of about 20 cars, half of which bear the UN (UN) inscription, and an ambulance entered the city on Wednesday early the following day. -noon.

According to the Russian agency Tass quoting a pro-Russian Enerhodar official, the IAEA mission is due to arrive at the plant on Thursday.

Fears of a nuclear disaster have grown near the Zaporizhia power plant in Ukraine. Strikes have damaged part of the installations, which could cause the release into the air of radioactive substances. kyiv accuses Moscow of having carried out these attacks, which the Kremlin denies. Reporting by Danielle Kadjo

Zaporijia is some 120 kilometers by road from the plant, which has been at the center of tensions for weeks.

While normally using this route, in Kyiv-controlled territory, would take a little over two hours, the way the IAEA team was going to reach the site in the context of war and crossing the line of front was unclear.

kyiv and Moscow have been accusing each other for several weeks of bombing the area around the plant, fueling fears of a disaster nuclear power and inciting several countries and international organizations to call for the establishment of a demilitarized zone.

A soldier wearing a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, Ukraine.

Ukraine on Wednesday called on Moscow to stop firing on the road leading to the plant, as local authorities earlier in the day accused Russia of shelling the town hall of Enerhodar, a city on whose territory the power plant is located.

The Russians, who control Enerhodar and the power plant, bombarded the city to blame it on the Ukrainian forces, and to give the x27;Impression to the IAEA mission that it was Kyiv that was bombing the surroundings of the plant, said Levguen Levtouchenko, head of the administration of Nikopol, located opposite Enerhodar , across the Dnieper River.

Kyiv accuses Moscow of using the nuclear power plant as a fortress to protect its troops and launch attacks, in addition to accuse him of poor management of the facilities which would put staff members and nearby residents at risk.

The Russian Federation, for its part, asserts that the Ukrainian attacks against the plant are detrimental to the safe continuation of operations.

With information from Agence France-Presse, Reuters , CNN, and BBC

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