IAEA concerned over nuclear plant seized by Russia


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IAEA concerned over nuclear plant seized by Russia
UN nuclear watchdog expresses "deep concern" after Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility seized by Russian forces.
Elad Benari

The UN nuclear watchdog on Sunday expressed "deep concern" over reports that communication from Europe's largest nuclear power plant seized by Russia in Ukraine has been disrupted, AFP reports. Russian forces captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility early Friday morning after it was hit by artillery fire and set ablaze. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Sunday that Ukraine informed it that the plant management is now under orders from the commander of the Russian forces.

Ukraine has also reported that the Russian forces have switched off some mobile networks and the internet, and that telephone lines, emails and fax were not functioning anymore. They said mobile phone communication was still possible with poor quality, the IAEA said. "I'm extremely concerned about these developments that were reported to me today," IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said.

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