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IAEA announces the departure of a mission for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, tweeted on Monday morning that a team was on its way to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine hour by hour.

  • 3:25 p.m .: Zelensky calls for sanctions against Rosatom for its nuclear “blackmail”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for sanctions against the Russian group Rosatom for its “radiation blackmail” at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia occupied by the Russian army.

“It’s not normal that there are still no sanctions against Rosatom for this radiation blackmail at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, during a video intervention as part of a energy conference in Stavanger (south-west Norway).

  • 2:15 p.m .: “We need a total cessation of fighting so that the experts can reach the Zaporijjia power plant”

On France 24, Emmanuelle Galichet, specialist in nuclear science and technology, recalls the difficulty of such a mission, specifying that “the IAEA has never gone to inspect a nuclear site in a war zone”. “We need a total cessation of fighting so that the experts can reach the plant,” she adds.


The IAEA in Ukraine: a high-risk inspection © France24

  • 1:15 p.m .: the Ukrainian army says it has launched an offensive on the southern front

Ukraine has launched a counter-offensive in the south of its territory against the Russian army, announced the command of the Ukrainian forces in this region. “Today we have started offensive actions in several directions, including in the Kherson region,” spokeswoman for the Southern military command, Natalia Houmeniouk, was quoted by state media Suspilne as saying. At least ten Russian ammunition depots were reportedly destroyed there last week.

  • 1:10 p.m .: EU studies suspension of visa agreement with Russia

European foreign ministers, who are due to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Prague, will consider a total suspension of the 2007 agreement between Moscow and the EU providing for facilities for the issuance of short-stay visas to Russian nationals, indicated to AFP a European diplomat.

The Czech Republic, which occupies the rotating presidency of the EU, hopes for an agreement of the Twenty-Seven to implement by October this suspension demanded by Finland, bordering Russia, according to the same source. After the invasion of Ukraine, the EU had suspended this agreement for certain categories linked to the regime, but kyiv would like the Europeans to completely close the door to Russian tourists.

  • 12:03 p.m .: Kremlin calls for “pressure” on Ukraine to reduce tension around Zaporizhia

Moscow has called on the international community to put “pressure” on Ukrainian forces to reduce tension around the Zaporizhia power plant, which Moscow and kyiv accuse each other of bombing.

“All countries have an obligation to put pressure on the Ukrainian side to stop endangering the European continent by bombing the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and adjacent areas,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry said. Peskov. He also described as “necessary” the inspection mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expected this week.

  • 10:55 a.m .: Russia in favor of the IAEA mission in Zaporizhia

Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations and the United Nations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said that Moscow was in favor of the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency scheduled for this week at the site of the nuclear power plant in Zaporijjia, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

  • 10:07 a.m .: G7 demands free access from IAEA to Zaporizhia power plant

The G7 countries, “deeply concerned” by the risk of a nuclear accident in the Ukrainian power plant in Zaporijjia, have asked for the guarantee of “unrestricted” access for IAEA personnel to this plant.

“We emphasize that any attempt by Russia to disconnect the plant from the Ukrainian electricity grid would be unacceptable”, further warns in a statement the group of G7 directors on non-proliferation, stressing that the nuclear plant should “not be used for military activities or the storage of military equipment”.

  • 8:50 a.m.: “The IAEA mission will take stock of the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant”


IAEA announces the departure of a mission for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

>> To see: Rafael Grossi: the IAEA mission at the Zaporijjia nuclear power plant, “a matter of days”

  • 6:25 a.m.: an IAEA team en route to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, tweeted on Monday morning that a team was on its way to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

“The day has come, the IAEA mission to Zaporizhia is now on its way. We must protect the security of Ukraine and the largest power plant in Europe”, wrote Rafael Grossi on Twitter, specifying that the mission would arrive on site “later this week”.

With AFP


IAEA announces the departure of a mission for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant