IAEA chief starts delayed visit to Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

This handout photo taken and retrieved from the imagebank of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on June 15, 2023 shows a member of the agency walking near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukraine during an official visit of the IAEA Director General Grossi with his team to the nuclear power plant and its surrounding area. (PHOTO / AFP)

KIEV – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi arrived at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) on Thursday, Ukraine's state-run nuclear energy operator Energoatom said in a Telegram post.

Grossi's visit, initially scheduled to begin on Wednesday, was delayed for security reasons, according to Ukraine's Energy Minister German Galushchenko.

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The IAEA chief said earlier he will travel to the ZNPP to assess the situation after the Kakhovka dam breach.

The Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam was destroyed on June 6, with Ukraine and Russia trading accusations over the attack on it.

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The ZNPP, which has been controlled by Russian forces since March 2022, is located some 140 km northeast of the Kakhovka plant.