Russia-Ukraine war: shelling reported on route as IAEA set out to inspect Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – live

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The Russian ministry of defence has said that the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which it occupies, is “difficult, but remains under full control”. In a statement posted to Telegram it said:

Despite the attempts of the Kyiv regime to disrupt the arrival of a group of IAEA experts at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Russian side confirms its readiness to accept them with full safety for further work. The situation in the area of ​​the nuclear power plant is difficult, but remains under full control.

Russia has alleged this morning that Ukrainian forces attempted to launch an amphibious mission to sabotage or recapture the power plant. The attack, as described by Russian sources, would have involved a significant crossing of the Dnipro river, which Roland Oliphant, foreign correspondent at the Telegraph, has assessed as “bold/suicidal”.

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This article was written by Martin Belam (now) and Samantha Lock (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com