Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said a team of international experts is prepared to visit the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, following a call with the chief of the nuclear watchdog.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi “is ready to lead an IAEA delegation to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant,” Kuleba said in a tweet. “I emphasized the mission’s urgency to address nuclear security threats caused by Russia’s hostilities.”
Some context: The IAEA has requested access to the plant in southeastern Ukraine as fighting around the facility intensified over the past few weeks. Both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of threatening nuclear terrorism, particularly around the plant, which Russia has controlled since March. The European Union and 42 countries this week urged Russia to immediately withdraw forces from the plant, while the IAEA has warned that attacks on the facility risk a potential radiation leak.