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Ukrainian war: IAEA to visit nuclear power plant

Inspectors from various countries will be in Zaporizhzhia this week

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has left for Ukraine to carry out necessary inspections of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, and by the weekend they will be at the site. The facility, the largest in Europe, has been the focus of worldwide concern in recent months due to Russia's military presence there and its excessive proximity to war actions, which increase the risks of a nuclear catastrophe.

"The day has come. The IAEA mission of support and assistance is underway. We must protect the safety of the largest nuclear facility in Ukraine and Europe", Aiea Director Rafael Grossi wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of the 13-person mission team.

Concerns about the situation at the nuclear plant due to a lack of firm news about safety. On Sunday, the head of Ukraine's local military administration, Oleksandr Starukh, reporting that Russian forces carried out more than 200 airstrikes on the town of Orihiv in the Zaporizhzhia region in the past 24 hours. Conversely, Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said, "the Kiev regime is engaging in nuclear terrorism", and Moscow "hopes that the inspectors' visit to the nuclear power plant will finally take place".

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency