UN inspects Europe’s biggest nuclear plant in Ukraine to avoid disaster

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United Nations inspectors in Ukraine are due to visit the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant on Thursday, the largest in Russia-occupied Europe, where bombings nearby have sparked global concern.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission arrived in the southern city of Zaporizhzhia, 55 km from the plant, on Wednesday (31), and Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said it should visit the facility on Thursday. fair.

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While Russian officials suggested the team would have only one day to inspect the site, the IAEA was bracing for more time.

“If we manage to establish a permanent presence, or a continuous presence, it will be prolonged. But this first segment will take a few days,” the head of the organization, Rafael Grossi, told reporters in Zaporizhzhia.

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“It is a mission that aims to prevent a nuclear accident,” he added.

But while Ukraine sees the inspection as a step towards “vacating and demilitarizing” the site, Russia has said it has no intention of withdrawing its forces for the time being, creating the potential for more grudges.

Source: CNN Brasil

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