The team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have now arrived at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) for their inspection.
A eight person team are to assess the site’s safety after an agreement between the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine after being delayed following Russian strikes on their agreed route.
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“The UN advance team cannot continue the movement due to security reasons.
“Ukraine continues to make efforts to organise safe access of the international IAEA mission to the ZNPP.
“We demand that the Russian Federation stop the provocations and grant the IAEA unhindered access to the Ukrainian nuclear facility.”
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) September 1, 2022
However the Kremlin’s Defence Ministry said a Ukrainian “sabotage group” landed near the nuclear facility and was being destroyed with the use of helicopters.
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Robert Mardini warned if there was a “nuclear leak” it would “be difficult if not impossible” to provide “humanitarian assistance.”