The IAEA announced the start of consultations on the security zone around the ZNPP
On March 4, shelling began at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), which had been under Russian military control since February 28. The Ministry of Defense reported that a group of Ukrainian saboteurs opened fire on the station and then set fire to its territory. After that, the station was regularly bombarded.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, between July 18 and August 18, Ukraine fired at the ZNPP 12 times from multiple rocket launchers and artillery. In addition, the power plant was attacked by kamikaze drones.
On August 25, the head of administration of Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, said that in just one day, the armed forces of Ukraine fired 29 shots at Energodar region, 17 attacks directly on ZNPP. On Monday, August 29, the Armed Forces of Ukraine breached the roof of the ZNPP special building No. 1, where new fuel for the reactor is stored along with artillery.
Kiev denies its involvement in the ZNPP bombing and blames Moscow. Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia should “without any conditions” transfer control of the station to the IAEA mission as soon as possible.
On August 30, the organization’s mission led by the organization’s executive director Rafael Grossi arrived in Kyiv. The Kremlin emphasized that Moscow is interested in and looking forward to the organization’s visit to the ZNPP.
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