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Western leaders to send mission to contain risk of nuclear accident in Ukraine

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Central nuclear de  Zaporizhzhia, ao sul da Ucrânia, foi tomada pelos russos em março.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, in southern Ukraine, was taken over by the Russians in March.| Photo: EFE/EPA

Sending a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Nuclear Power Plant of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, was decided jointly this Sunday (21) by four Western heads of state: Presidents Joe Biden (USA) and Emmanuel Macron (France) , Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Germany) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson (United Kingdom).

As reported by G1, the objective of the mission is to carry out essential security and protection activities at the site, according to a joint statement made by the four leaders. The statement also reaffirms the need to avoid military operations near the plant and reiterates its continued support for Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russian aggression.

The decision was taken after the last bombings at the site. The successive attacks have alerted to a possible nuclear accident that could have proportions equivalent to times the Chernobyl disaster.

The Zaporizhzhia plant is the largest in Europe and was occupied in March by Russian troops. In recent weeks, other attacks have taken place in the region. In this Saturday (20), Ukraine’s second largest power plant, Pivdennoukrainsk, in the city of Voznessensk, was targeted by Russian bombing, which killed twelve civilians. , including four children.

Last Friday (11), French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that Russian head of state Vladimir Putin had accepted for IAEA inspectors to visit the Zaporizhzhia plant. The plant has been kept in operation by Ukrainians surrendered by Russian soldiers.

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