The situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is “deteriorating further,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Rafael Grossi warned on Wednesday. Ukraine accuses Russia of bombing the plant again.
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“The situation is still deteriorating and we cannot afford to wait for something catastrophic to happen,” Grossi said after a meeting on the situation with French President Emmanuel Macron, among others.
The IAEA director said he had discussed the matter with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whom he met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday morning.
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“As long as the bombing continues, the risks are huge,” Grossi said.
Ukrainian authorities accused Russia of bombing the site again on Wednesday. They did say that the radiation level in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant is still within the norm.
“Even in the worst circumstances, diplomacy must never stop (…) Our responsibility is to do that with pragmatic and realistic proposals, and that is what we are trying to do,” said Rafael Grossi.
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The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been in the hands of Russia since March 4. She has been bombed repeatedly in recent weeks. For this, Kiev and Moscow point an accusing finger at each other.