According to experts, the danger of an accident at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporizhia, which was taken by Russia, has not been averted. "We keep saying what needs to be done, which is to prevent a nuclear accident, which is still a very, very clear possibility," said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi on Thursday in Kyiv. The plant is shut down due to fighting in the region.
To secure the plant, a nuclear safety and protection zone is to be built around the power plant. According to Grossi, he is negotiating this with Kyiv and Moscow. He then wanted to travel on to Moscow. Discussions there were held at "a very high level of management", as Grossi said. It was unclear whether he would meet President Vladimir Putin.
Grossi stressed that the IAEA does not comment on military matters. His on-site team is exclusively there to ensure the safety of the system with the local employees. The IAEA team will now be expanded from two to four. However, he stressed that annexation of the surrounding area - and Russia's nationalization of the nuclear power plant - are illegal under international law. For the IAEA, Zaporizhia is a Ukrainian nuclear power plant.