Fighting broke out again in the nearby town of Enerhodar shortly before experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were scheduled to arrive at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Ukrainians and Russians blamed each other. "The shelling from grenade launchers has been heard since five in the morning," wrote the escaped Ukrainian mayor of Enerhodar, Dmytro Orlov, on Telegram on Thursday. Several civilian objects were hit, and there were also dead. The agreed route, which the expert commission is to take from Zaporizhia to the nuclear power plant 120 kilometers away, is also under fire, wrote the governor of the region, Olexandr Starukh, on Twitter.
The nuclear experts, led by IAEA boss Rafale Grossi, are to check the condition of the plant with its six reactors, the conditions under which the Ukrainian operating team is working, and whether all the nuclear material is still there. Russian soldiers are in the nuclear power plant. The plant and its surroundings have come under repeated shelling in recent weeks, with Russians and Ukrainians blaming each other. Internationally, there was great concern about damage to the plant and the release of radioactivity.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom announced that the employees were being subjected to repression by the Russian occupiers. Several employees who are not well-disposed towards the Russians have disappeared.