An inspection from the IAEA is scheduled to visit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant today

An inspection from the IAEA is scheduled to visit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant today
An inspection from the IAEA is scheduled to visit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant today

Kyiv/Moscow – Today, a team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to visit the Ukrainian Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which has been occupied by Russian invasion troops since March. This largest nuclear power plant in Europe has been under fire in recent weeks, with Ukraine and Russia blaming each other. According to their boss, the goal of the expedition of international experts is to prevent a nuclear accident.

According to world agencies, the convoy with the delegation arrived on Thursday in Zaporozhye, which is under the control of the Ukrainian government and is located tens of kilometers from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The IAEA will have to cross the front line during the trip. “It is a mission aimed at preventing a nuclear accident and preserving this important and largest nuclear power plant in Europe,” said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi, who is leading the delegation.

According to Grossi, the initial inspection will last several days, while the IAEA hopes that after that it will be able to establish a permanent presence of its experts at the power plant. Russia is said to have given him guarantees that the 14 international experts participating in the current expedition will be able to carry out their work at the facility.

The situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant raises concerns in Ukraine and the world about a possible nuclear disaster. Last week, according to the Ukrainian authorities, two reactors still operating were temporarily disconnected from the grid due to a fire at the site. According to the AP agency, the authorities have started distributing iodine tablets to residents in its vicinity, which are used to protect health in the event of a radiation leak.

The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is still being kept running by Ukrainian employees, but they are under the supervision of Russian invasion units and experts. Kyiv is seeking international assistance in demilitarizing the facility as well as retaking control of the power plant and its surroundings. Ukraine accuses Russia of using the power plant as a shield, storing weapons in it and launching attacks from its vicinity, AP writes. Both countries blame each other for shelling the power plant.

Today, according to Russian press agencies, Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected to visit the Kaliningrad region, which is located on the shores of the Baltic Sea and is surrounded by Lithuania and Poland. This Russian enclave became a focus of tensions between Russia and the West when Lithuania recently restricted the transit of goods to the region through its territory. In Kaliningrad, Putin will discuss problems related to the transportation of goods to this territory with the local governor, the Interfax agency wrote, citing a Kremlin spokesman.

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