The Kremlin calls for pressure on Ukraine over the Zaporizhia NPP

“All countries must put pressure on the Ukrainian side to stop endangering the European continent by shelling” this power plant, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

The comments came after the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, announced that he was traveling with a group of experts from the United Nations to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which has been under the control of Russian forces since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in the first weeks.

“We have been waiting for this mission for a long time. We consider it necessary,” said D. Peskov.

According to him, Moscow will ensure the security of the IAEA mission in the Russian-controlled territory, “taking into account the constant threats there.”

At the time, Enerhoatom, Ukraine’s atomic energy agency, warned on Monday that radioactive contamination could spread from the Zaporizhia power plant as a result of the shelling.

The agency stated that over the past 24 hours, the Russian army has continued to shell the town of Enerhodar and the power plant complex near the power plant.

Enerhoatom said in a statement that two of the plant’s six reactors, which have been reconnected to Ukraine’s electricity grid after their shutdown last week, are now operating stably.

However, the agency noted that the presence of Russian soldiers, weapons, equipment and explosives poses a significant risk to the safety of work at the Zaporizhia NPP. The regular shelling has created the risk of hydrogen leaks and the spread of radioactive materials, and the threat of fires remains high.

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