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Ukraine: The IAEA mission for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has left

A mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) departed from Zaporizhia to Ukraine and heading for the nuclear power plant located in the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar, despite reports of heavy shelling there.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said he had been informed “for increased military activity in the region”but added that he would not change his plans to visit the nuclear plant and meet with its staff.

However, the Ukrainian authorities accused Russia of bombing Enerhodar today, specifically along the road that the International Organization’s mission will follow.

“The Russians are carrying out artillery strikes against the route that the IAEA mission will follow to go to nuclear power plant of Zaporizhia,” which is in Russian hands, the city’s exiled mayor Dmytro Orlov complained on Telegram.

He estimated that the mission cannot “continue its way” to the station “for security reasons”, as reported by international agencies and relayed by the Athens News Agency.

“We demand that Russia stop the provocations and allow the IAEA access to this Ukrainian nuclear facility,” Orlov stressed.

Already at dawn, the Russians “opened fire on Enerhodar with mortars, automatic weapons and rocket launchers,” Orlov had reported in Telegram. His post was accompanied by photos of damaged buildings and plumes of black smoke.

Source: News Beast

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