IAEA director says Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant had its integrity violated

Rafael Grossi (ao centro) disse que inspeção na maior usina nuclear da Europa, onde russos e ucranianos se acusam de realizar ataques, deve ser concluída até domingo ou segunda-feira
Rafael Grossi (center) said that inspection of Europe’s largest nuclear plant, where Russians and Ukrainians are accused of carrying out attacks, should be completed by Sunday or Monday| Photo: EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

01162924Employees of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived this Thursday (1st) at the nuclear plant from Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, to inspect the facilities at the unit, the largest of its kind in Europe and which for weeks has been the target of attacks that Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of committing.

A total of 14 IAEA specialists were at the plant and part of them remained on site to continue the inspection, which should be completed by Sunday or Monday , according to the director of the institution, Rafael Grossi.

01162924 He left the plant after several hours of the mission and thanked UN nuclear agency experts for their courage and wished them luck, according to Russian news agency Interfax.01162924 01162924“It is obvious that I used na and her physical integrity were violated several times,” Grossi told the press. “We were there for four or five hours. I saw a lot and my people are there, we were able to go all over the place”, stated Grossi, who said that “the situationit was quite difficult” during the period he was at the plant.

01162924 “There were moments when it was obvious that there were shootings, from machine guns, artillery, mortars two or three times, we were very worried”, pointed out the director.

01162924The Argentine diplomat did not specify the number of inspectors who will continue work on the plant in the coming days, although Ukrainian state-owned nuclear energy company Energoatom said that there are five.0116292401162924 Grossi, who has always defended a permanent IAEA mission in Zaporizhzhia, he also spoke with some of the residents of Energodar, the city where the plant is located.

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