‘Volatile’ situation at Russian-held Ukrainian nuclear plant, says IAEA head


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‘Volatile’ situation at Russian-held Ukrainian nuclear plant, says IAEA head
Zaporizhzhia facility under Russian control since early weeks of Moscow’s invasion; Grossi says UN watchdog trying to send mission

The situation is “volatile” at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which fell under Russian control in March during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the head of the international nuclear agency said Tuesday. Located on the Dnipro river in southeastern Ukraine, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been under Russian control since the early weeks of Moscow’s invasion, though it is still being operated by Ukrainian staff. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been trying to send a mission there.

“The situation is really a volatile one,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, where a conference of the 191 signatories of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is being held. “Every principle of safety has been violated one way or the other. And we cannot allow that from continuing,” he said.

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