“The strikes at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant are” worrying “, says the head of the UN guard | Ukraine

The UN nuclear guard chief said on Saturday that he was “concerned” with Friday’s fire at the Zaporozhye power plant, the largest of its kind in Europe.

In a statement, Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the strikes were “the latest in a long series of increasingly alarming reports” and stressed “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could put society at risk.” health and environment in Ukraine and beyond ”.

Earlier on Saturday, the plant operator reported that Friday’s shelling “severely damaged” the station containing nitrogen and oxygen and the “auxiliary building”.

Ukraine and Russia have blamed themselves for the attacks.

Grossi said, “I condemn all acts of violence committed on or in the vicinity of the facility,” or against its staff. He added that “military action threatening the security of the plant” is “completely unacceptable and should be avoided at all costs.”

Grossi also reiterated his readiness “to lead the mission of IAEA experts on safety, security and security” in Zaporizhia.

Ukraine has so far rejected the idea of ​​such a mission, which it claims would legitimize Russia’s presence in this place.

Russian troops have been occupying the plant in Zaporizhia from the first days of the invasion of Ukraine. Grossi, however, insisted that he would “not give up.”

“I will continue to push and push again for this IAEA mission to finally take place,” he said, admitting that it would require “cooperation, understanding and facilitation from both Ukraine and Russia.”

As part of such a mission, “IAEA security inspectors could perform the necessary on-site verification activities” and the IAEA would “also provide impartial and independent information” on the condition of the facility, Grossi said.

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