The IAEA’s nuclear weapons inspectors are reviewing the situation in the war-torn Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant on site. The nuclear power plant “as a whole has been violated,” said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi in a diplomatically worded first comment from the Russian-besieged plant.Published: September 1, 2022, 9:07 PMInternational Atomic Energy Agency inspector group was finally able to arrive at the nuclear power plant, which is right on the battle line between the Ukrainian military and Russian invasion forces. Chief Grossi was relatively satisfied after the first day of inspections. “Let the world know that the IAEA is staying here in Zaporizhzhya,” he told Russian media. I think we’ve been able to gather a lot, actually a lot, of information in the few hours we’ve been here. I saw the most important things I needed to see and the explanations I received were clear,” continued Rafael Grossi, who later said that the inspections will continue until Sunday or Monday. He paid tribute to the nuclear power plant’s employees, who “despite very difficult circumstances worked tirelessly on”. Let the world know that the IAEA is staying here in Zaporizhzhya,” Grossi continued in a video released by the state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti. But he also noted that both the facility and its employees suffered damage from continuous and heavy shelling. The inspectors arrived at the nuclear power plant on Thursday afternoon , after the Russian-occupied town of Enerhodar, located next to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, was shelled.City Mayor Dmytro Orlov wrote in the morning on his Telegram channel that the shelling “has been constant since five o’clock this morning”. According to him, several civilian targets have been fired upon. “Due to rocket fire from Russian forces at the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia, an emergency was declared and the fifth reactor was shut down,” writes the state-owned Ukrainian energy company Energoatom on Telegram. According to the local government of the Zaporizhzhia region, Russia is behind the attacks, and the aim is to prevent the UN ’s observers from reaching the nuclear power plant.” The Russians are shelling the predetermined route that representatives from the IAEA would take to the nuclear power plant. Due to the security risks, they cannot continue,” Zaporizhzhia region governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote earlier on Thursday on Telegram. Russia claimed that it was Ukraine that fired, and that Ukrainian infiltrators entered the occupied territory. The International Committee of the Red Cross calls for an end to all military activity in the area around the Russian-controlled nuclear power plant. According to the Committee of the Red Cross, an attack directly on the plant would be “catastrophic”. .He adds that the slightest misjudgment can “trigger a devastation that we will regret for decades”. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Kaliningrad on Thursday. During his visit to the exclave by the Baltic Sea, he met, among other things, students at a school, who were allowed to do what few independent journalists were allowed to do during the year: ask Putin direct questions. According to AFP, however, neither the questions nor the answers raised an eyebrow. “The mission of our soldiers is to end the war, protect the people and, of course, protect Russia,” Putin replied when the question of the war in Ukraine came up. “Ukraine has started to rebuild an anti-Russian enclave that threatens our country.”
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