Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant: UN experts make first inspection

UN nuclear experts have made their first inspection of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine, following a risky journey delayed by shelling near the site.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said he had seen what he “needed to see”.

Rafael Grossi said the “plant and physical integrity of the plant” had been “violated several times”.

The inspectors were accompanied to the plant by Russian soldiers.

Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of trying to sabotage the mission.

Zaporizhzhia, in southern Ukraine, is Europe’s largest nuclear plant. It was occupied by Russia soon after it invaded Ukraine in February.

Ukrainian staff who continue to operate the plant say Russian troops have used it as a military base and that workers are in effect held at gunpoint.

“The key things I needed to see I saw, and your explanations were very clear,” Mr Grossi told Russian media accompanying the inspectors. He later returned to Ukrainian-controlled…

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