an IAEA team headed to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

“This mission is the most difficult in the history of the IAEA,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba said on Monday.

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Monday morning August 29 that he was heading to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporijjia, which has been the target of strikes in recent weeks.

The day has come, the IAEA mission to Zaporizhia is on its way. We need to protect the security of Ukraine and the largest power plant in Europe“, wrote Rafael Grossi on Twitter, declaring that the mission will arrive in place “later this week“. In a photo accompanying his message, the head of the IAEA showed a group of ten people, wearing hats and vests with the logo of the UN body.

The G7 countries,very worried” through the risks of a nuclear accident, also asked on Monday for the guarantee of access “FREEDOMof IAEA staff at this plant. “We stress that any attempt by Russia to disconnect the plant from the Ukrainian power grid is unacceptable.“, further warns a statement of the group of directors of the G7 on non-proliferation, stressing that the nuclear power plant should not “not to be used for military activities or storage of military equipment“.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba said on a trip to Stockholm that “this mission is the most difficult in the history of the IAEA because of the combat activity carried out by Russia on the ground but also the obvious way in which Russia tries to legitimize its presence.“.

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Real danger of nuclear disaster»

Rafael Grossi has been asking for months to be on the scene, warning of “real risk of nuclear disaster“. The Zaporizhia plant, which houses six of Ukraine’s 15 reactors, was taken by Russian troops in early March, shortly after the invasion began on February 24, and is close to the frontline in the south.

Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of firing near the complex, near the town of Energodar, on the Dnieper River, and thus putting the area at risk. Ukrainian operator Energoatom warned on Saturday of the risk of radioactive leaks and fires after new strikes. In recent weeks, Zaporijjia has crystallized 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 Russia’s occupation of the site in the eyes of the international community before eventually supporting the idea of ​​an IAEA mission. Before this”dangerousPresident Volodymyr Zelensky urged the UN nuclear police on Friday to send a team as soon as possible.

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The Kremlin calledpressure» about Ukraine

For its part, the Kremlin called on the international community to “pressureof Ukrainian forces to reduce tension around the plant. “All countries have an obligation to put pressure on the Ukrainian side to stop endangering the European continent by bombing the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and nearby areas.said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He further described that “needed» the inspection mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Volodymyr Zelensky, for his part estimated that “It is not normal that there are still no sanctions against Rosatom for this radiation blackmail at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant“. The Ukrainian president spoke during a video intervention at an energy conference in Stavanger, Norway.

Between Thursday and Friday, the plant and its six reactors of 1,000 megawatts each were “completely disconnected” from the national grid due to damage to power lines, according to kyiv, before being reconnected and restarted. . Vladimir Putin received the organization in a mission transmission “through Ukraineand not in Russia, which he had previously requested, was announced by the French presidency in mid-August after a telephone interview between Emmanuel Macron and the Russian president.

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