IAEA chief to visit Zaporizhzhya NPP as Nova Kakhovka dam collapses
International Atomic Energy Agency chief General Rafael Grossi will visit the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following Russia’s blowing up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant.
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Following a phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Mr Grossi said he "will be leading the next rotation of our Support and Assistance Mission to the Zaporizhzhya NPP next week with a reinforced team."
It is a "crucial moment for nuclear safety," the head of the UN’s atomic agency stressed.
Separately, Mr Zelenskyy posted on Twitter he told Mr Grossi about "the large-scale consequences of the Russian act of terrorism at the Kakhovka HPP dam."
"We discussed ways to minimise [the] risks to the ZNPP security. Agreed on Mr Grossi's visit to Ukraine," he added.
Russia blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant overnight on Tuesday, leading to the breach of the dam and unleashing floodwater across the downstream area.
The rapidly decreasing water level in the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant poses an additional threat to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s atomic agency Energoatom warned earlier.
It assured that the situation at the ZNPP was under control, with Ukrainian personnel monitoring all the indicators.