Tuesday, February 7

The IAEA mission arrives in Zaporizhia and will travel to the nuclear power plant tomorrow

The mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), made up of fourteen experts and headed by its general director, Rafael Grossi, arrived yesterday afternoon in the Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia in a convoy of twenty vehicles after nine hours of travel to assess the conditions of this power plant controlled by Russia in the midst of constant bombing. The inspection of the plant is scheduled to begin today, Thursday, although Russia’s BBC reported yesterday afternoon that the FRussian occupation forces refused to issue passes for the Zaporizhia plant to the IAEA delegation.

Upon arrival in Zaporizhia, Grossi said that the inspection will begin today, Thursday, when they will begin to carry out “technical evaluations of the situation” and will speak with the plant’s staff to ensure their safety. “It is a mission that seeks to prevent a nuclear accident and preserve this important nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe,” Grossi told the press. The IAEA inspectors were received by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in kyiv on Tuesday and left the capital on Wednesday morning.

“We are going to spend a few days there,” Grossi announced earlier before heading to the nuclear power plant, more than 500 kilometers from the capital, kyiv, where he was received the day before by the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, who offered his commitment to the mission. However, the Russian authorities installed in the area, quoted by the TASS news agency, revealed that the inspection will take one or two daysand it is expected that six to eight experts remain on site After the visit: “We are trying to establish a permanent presence of the agency from that moment on, but this is something I still have to work on with the people on the site,” Grossi said.

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Despite Grossi’s request for “guarantees” from both parties to the conflict to be able to carry out their work in the nuclear facilities, the Ukrainian authorities yesterday accused Russia of bombing the city where the plant is located: “Russian Army bombs Energodar”Evhen Yevtushenko, head of the Nikopol administration, located opposite that city where the nuclear power plant is located, on the other side of the Dnieper River, declared on Telegram. »The situation with these provocations is dangerous«, he added.

within the usual crossing of accusations Moscow-kyiv, Zelensky also blamed the Kremlin once again on Tuesday for not stopping the “provocations” around the plant on the day the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in kyiv headed for Zaporizhia.

War games

The European Union, which yesterday agreed to restrict the granting of visas to Russian citizens, also criticized Russia’s “war games” at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by the Russian Army since March 4, and insisted on the urgent demilitarization of the surroundings of the plant. In statements before the informal meeting of foreign ministers in Prague, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, denounced the “systemic crisis” created by the Russian military, whom he has accused of playing “war games”. “They are playing with nuclear security,” he snapped.

Russian occupation forces refused to issue passes to the Zaporizhia plant to the IAEA delegation, according to BBC Russia

Borrell showed his support for the IAEA expert mission: «Let’s see what the result is of this mission. We have been asking for an immediate demilitarization of the surroundings of this nuclear power plant, the largest nuclear power plant in all of Europe. We cannot play war games in the vicinity of a place like this, “said the head of community diplomacy.

In this sense, European diplomacy hopes that this inspection “will be capable of restore the situation», while the EU and the international community continue to press for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area.


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